Meet Our 2017 Manufacturing Champions

It’s that time of year again! On May 12 the Council of Industry will present its annual Manufacturing Champions Awards to three individuals and one organization that have gone above and beyond to promote the manufacturing industry in New York State. Today it is our pleasure to introduce you to this year’s recipients:

George Quigley has been committed to growing and expanding manufacturing in Ulster County. As President and Owner of ErtelAlsop, he has grown the business and expanded into new facilities adding and preserving dozens of jobs in the region. George has also generously given his time to help his fellow manufacturers, always available for counsel if an issue arises and provides sound advice. He represents the interests of the areas manufacturers very well serving on the Council of Industry Board of Directors and as a member of their advocacy committee.

Perhaps no elected official in the region is more committed to building the manufacturing sector than Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. Throughout his career, first as the Supervisor of the Town of Chester and now as County Executive, he has advocated for investment in infrastructure, workforce and economic development strategies that help manufactures grow. Neuhaus is committed to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth benefiting all of Orange County’s citizens.

The Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, an Early College High School located in Kingston, is preparing our workforce and leaders of tomorrow. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving, and are exposed to numerous industry challenges, giving them valuable experience and exposure to the workings of the manufacturing industry. Upon graduation, the students who participated in Pathways Academy will be better prepared to build up manufacturing in the Hudson Valley than any before them.

Nicholas Longo is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher who is giving his students numerous hands on experiences to build interested in STEaM Careers. Partnering with member firm President Container, his “Introduction to Engineering” course is working with corrugated to solve design challenges in creative and meaningful ways. Bridge building, sled design, and furniture construction are just some of the ways Mr. Longo’s students are engaging in manufacturing and design principles.

The awards will be presented at a breakfast ceremony on May 12. More information can be found here.