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Access Supports for Living and Access Business Solutions

Since 1963 Access has been supporting individuals and families with very different needs including those with significant medical or behavioral issues, and others who live independently with minimal help.  They provide behavioral health services, services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Among those services is Access Business Solutions which provides meaningful employment to disabled individuals.

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Tim Bigler – Senior Energy Strategist at Direct Energy Business

For manufacturers energy is very often a sizable expense. Managing that expense and the risks associated with energy markets can have a significant impact on a firm’s bottom line perhaps even be the difference between profit and loss.  In this episode we dive into the complex world of energy markets with Tim Bigler, Senior Energy Market Strategist at Direct Energy to learn about the many factors that influence prices.

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Dr. Jonah Schenker – Deputy Superintendent at Ulster BOCES

No one loves an innovator more than Hudson Valley manufacturers and that is why we are excited to have had, and to share, this conversation with Dr. Jonah Schenker, Deputy Superintendent at Ulster BOCES.  Jonah’s thoughts on learning and teaching – and the work he and the team at Ulster BOCES are doing – are creative, innovative, and having positive impacts on students.

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John Waldron/Warren Boldrin – IBM Senior Executives

Perhaps the best kept secret in the Hudson Valley is that most of the mainframe computers operating the world’s most critical financial, government, defense and industrial information infrastructures are manufactured right here in Poughkeepsie.  Johnnieanne Hansen talks with John and Warren, two of the leaders at the Poughkeepsie site about the “Z” System mainframe, workforce, leadership and more.

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Kelly Lyndgaard, Unshattered – It was never about the bags

When Governor Cuomo ordered non- essential businesses to close March 20th Unshattered, a manufacturer of handbags, needed to abide by the mandate and close their doors.

In less than 24 hours, however, Unshattered saw the critical need for face masks for healthcare workers, drafted a mask, consulted with a physician from Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and began producing a safe and effective product. By Saturday at noon back to being essential and in full production mode.

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Rich Croce – President, Viking Industries

As the COVID 19 crises unfolds the Council of Industry is using all its resources to keep its members up to date with the latest information and resources to keep their employees safe and their businesses operating. This podcast is one of those resources and part of those efforts.

In this episode Johnnieanne Hansen from the Council of Industry interviews Rich Croce, President of Viking Industries.

Johnnieanne and Rich talk about Viking’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic and their efforts to keep their employees safe and their business running. Tragically, an employee of Viking died from the coronavirus several weeks ago.  Rich discusses the effect of that death on the Viking family and the extraordinary efforts they are making to keep their employees safe and secure.

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George Quigley, President, ErtelAlsop and Chairman of the Council of Industry Board of Directors

In this episode Harold King from the Council of Industry interviews George Quigley, President of Ertel/Alsop and Chairman of the Council of Industry Board of Directors

As the COVID 19 crises unfolds the Council of Industry is using all its resources to keep its members up to date with the latest information and resources to keep their employees safe and their businesses operating. This podcast is one of those resources and part of those efforts.

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Ron Hicks, Assistant County Executive, Dutchess County

In this episode Harold King from the Council of Industry interviews Ronald Hicks, Assistant Dutchess County Executive.

As the COVID 19 crises unfolds the Council of Industry is using all its resources to keep its members up to date with the latest information and resources to keep their employees safe and their businesses operating. This podcast is one of those resources and part of those efforts.

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Ben Katzenstein, President of Star Kay White

In this episode Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen from the Council of Industry interview Ben Katzenstein, President of Congers based Star Kay White.

Star Kay White “makes the stuff that makes Ice cream great.” From flavor extracts like vanilla, peppermint and lemon, to candies like toffee, chocolate chips and nuts Star Kay White makes ingredients for all the major brands including Turkey Hill, Friendly’s Breyer’s and Ben and Jerry’s.  The company recently celebrated its 130 anniversary by opening its new candy making facility. They did so, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day. Ben Katzenstein is the 4th generation to run the business and his sons Alex and Gabe are now also part of the leadership team. 

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