Dr. Peter Grant Jordan, President of Dutchess Community College

Post: May. 16, 2022

Community Colleges across the nation and the region are scrambling to meet the workforce development needs of many industries, including manufacturing, in the post pandemic world. The Hudson Valley region is fortunate to have some of the state’s best and most responsive community Colleges with Dutchess leading the way. Though somewhat new to the role of President of DCC, Dr. Jordan has a long history of academic leadership and is bringing that wealth of experience to Poughkeepsie.

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Elisha Tropper, Founder and CEO of Cambridge Security Seals

Post: Apr. 25, 2022

Cambridge Security Seals (CSS) is a privately-held manufacturer headquartered in Pomona, Rockland County New York. CSS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of tamper-evident, tamper-resistant, and high-security loss prevention seals, track-and-trace devices, and allied products to meet the growing needs of customers across a wide range of industries.

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Ruben Suare and Phil Kerzner, Co-Owners, PK30 SystemsUBEN SUARE AND PHIL KERZNER, CO-OWNERS, PK30 SYSTEMS

Post: Mar. 24, 2022

PK-30 Systems manufactures a meticulously designed and engineered aluminum demountable wall system that provides a flexible, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to divide interior space. Their System can be used in widely varying configurations including sliding doors, swing doors, fixed panels, folding and sliding/stacking walls, all utilizing the same narrow aluminum profiles. Continuity of multi-functional architectural elements; a systematic, modern, precise design language from a single source manufacturer. The system can be installed and found in both residential and commercial buildings.

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Steve Gill, Director of Operations Howmet Aerospace

Post: Feb. 18, 2022

Born from many well-known and long-standing brands, Howmet Fastening Systems is the premier designer and manufacturer of aerospace and industrial fasteners, latches, bearings, fluid fittings and installation tools. Their products are used nose to tail on commercial and military aircraft, as well as on jet engines, industrial gas turbines, automobiles, commercial transportation vehicles, wind turbines, solar power systems, and construction and industrial equipment.

One of those well-known brands was Kingston’s Huck and the Howmet continues to manufacture its fastener installation tools in that Ulster County City.

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Sriram Vilayanoor, Ignition Life Solutions

Post: Sep. 17, 2021

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Few people in the world of manufacturing can boast the credentials of Sriram Vilayanoor. He holds a masters degree in industrial engineering and a bachelors in mechanical engineering. He is a certified six sigma master black belt and also has CMS certifications in ISO, IATF, AS and many more.  Sri has bought and turned around several manufacturing businesses and founded his own successful consulting business.  He is a wealth of manufacturing knowledge and experience.

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Dr. Jonathan Nasser, Crystal Run Healthcare

Post: Jul. 29, 2021


Healthcare is rapidly changing with technical and clinical advancements seemingly happening before our very eyes. This has been the case for many years and, like so many trends, has only been accelerated by pandemic. Orange County based Crystal Run Healthcare has been at the forefront of that change for the past 25 years and Dr. Jonathan Nasser, Chief Clinical Integration Officer for Crystal Run is working to make sure those changes remain in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of his patients.

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Jason Giordano, Managing Partner JGS CPA

Post: Jul. 2, 2021

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Partnering with a good accounting firm is important for any small business, but it is essential for a manufacturing firm. Accountants do more than tax filing. They can take a comprehensive assessment of your finances and create a forecast through the year to keep your business at a healthy, prosperous state. They can deliver informed advice on tax planning, strategic planning, and succession planning among many other business decisions. Since 1932 JGS has been that partner to many Hudson valley businesses.

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Ron Lorentzen, General Manager Bantam Tools

Post: Jun. 21, 2021

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When people in manufacturing think of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machines, large car-sized machines producing parts by the hundreds , or thousands, come to mind. At Bantam Tools they have scaled down the CNC mill to a desk-top size enabling the precision production of parts for prototyping, niche manufacturing and even hobbyists. 

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Christopher Shaw, Relationship Banker, JP Morgan Chase

Post: Mar. 19, 2021

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Before joining Chase, Chris founded CORE Leader, a leadership development company. While running CORE, Chris also founded the NYC chapter of Bunker Labs, a national non-profit that helps veterans start and grow businesses.

Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as an aviator in the 82nd Airborne Division. He flew OH-58D armed reconnaissance helicopters and deployed twice to Afghanistan.

JP Morgan Chase is one of the largest financial institutions in the world with$ 2.87 Trillion in assets. Banking, however, is about relationships and if falls to lenders like Chris Shaw to build and maintain those relationships.

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Frank Falatyn, President, Fala Technologies

Post: Mar. 9, 2021


To say Fala Technologies President Frank Falatyn is passionate about developing the next generation of manufacturing workers is a colossal understatement.  What began as a journey to strengthen the skills of workers at his machine design and production engineering business in Kingston has evolved into a quest to introduce, prepare, grow and develop a generation of skilled employees to ensure that our vital manufacturing sector is able to not just survive, but thrive in the Hudson Valley.

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Steve Effron, President, EFCO products

Post: Feb. 26, 2021

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For many of us, biting into a Bavarian cream or jelly doughnut is a small slice of heaven on earth. For Poughkeepsie-based EFCO Products, making the ingredients for those doughnuts and dozens of other bakery products is the name of the game.  In this episode, Harold King speaks with Stephen Effron about this delicious family business including its 100-plus-year history, growth, challenges and opportunities.

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Bonus Episode: Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice Promotion

Post: Mar. 5, 2021

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Manufacturers Apprenticeship Program: Spring Incentives To Enroll Your Employee(s)

To encourage participation and spread the word about apprenticeship opportunities The Council of Industry will waive all registration fees for our Introductory Trade, Industrial Manufacturing Technician to companies who commit before 4/16.

The Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) is a New York State Department of Labor approved manufacturing apprentice program. To encourage participation and spread the word about apprenticeship opportunities the Council will waive all registration fees for the introductory trade, Industrial Manufacturing Technician to companies who commit before 4/16.

 In this episode Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen discuss how the apprentice program works, why it works, and how you can enroll your employees.

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Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen

Post: Dec. 30, 2020

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As 2020 Draws to a close senior Council of Industry staff talk about the year that was and what their hopes and predictions for 2021.

Council of Industry President Harold King and Vice President Johnnieanne Hansen talk about this most eventful and unusual year.  They talk about the impact of the pandemic on Council members as well as its impact on the association and the entire manufacturing sector.  The discuss the challenges, the opportunities, and the silver linings.  They also discuss what 2021 might bring to our members and to our 110-year-old association.  

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Former Congressman Rick White

Post: Nov. 19, 2020

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A conversation with Rick White Former Congressman, President of TechNet, Principal at the Woodbay Group and member of the  alliantgroup Strategic Advisory Board .

Harold King talks with Former Congressman, alliantgroup Strategic Advisory Board member, President of TechNet and Principal at the Woodbay Group Rick White about his time in Congress during the late 1990’s, the evolution of the tech industry since that time and the proper role of government to promote innovation and growth in the sector.

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Robert Loughney, Partner Couch White, LLP

Post: Oct. 19, 2020

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Energy law and energy policy are once again moving front and center with state and national elections upon us.  Climate change, low natural gas and oil prices, a proposed “green new deal” and the implementation of New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) are complex forces that business leaders need to understand.  Robert Loughney, Partner at the law firm Couch White, LLP helps business leaders not just understand these forces, but to shape public policy and adapt their businesses to these changes.

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Stephen Delillo, Belfor Property Restoration

Post: Oct. 9, 2020

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When disaster occurs at your business or your home it is probably one of the worst moments of your life. Seeing a fire, flood or similar event threaten to destroy something you worked your life to build you are likely to be scared angry and frustrated. When that happens you want someone like Stephen Delillo, General Manager at Belfor Property Restoration on your side. Stephen, and  Belfor, will work to make sure your property is cleaned and restored quickly and effectively – getting your business up and running again, and your house your home again.

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Kathleen Hochul, New York State Lieutenant Governor

Post: Sep. 28, 2020

Few elected officials understand and appreciate manufacturers as much as New York State’s Lt. Governor Kathleen Hochul. Born and raised in Western New York she saw many families, including her own, grow prosperous by working in the steel and auto plants in the region. Now, as Lt. Governor she oversees the State’s Economic Development programs through the Regional Economic Development Councils and emphasizes the importance of manufacturing to New York’s economy.

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