Benefits of Membership

The Council of Industry is run by manufacturers – for manufacturers. Our programs and services are designed to add value to your business.

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Government Relations and Advocacy

Key to the success of our member firms are public policies that promote economic growth and that invest in the manufacturing sector and the Council of Industry provides a voice for Hudson Valley Manufactures to promote such policies. 

Our member-driven advocacy efforts help guide the manufacturing agenda both in Washington and Albany creating public policy to help manufacturers compete globally, and grow and prosper locally.


In New York State we partner with the Manufacturing Alliance of New York (MANY.) Founded in 2004 by the Council of Industry and the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, MANY consists of 7 private, non-profit associations supporting more than 1,600 manufacturers in 50 of New York State’s 62 counties.

In Washington D.C. we partner with the National Association of Manufacturers NAM. For more than a century the NAM has been the voice of manufacturers – large and small – in Washington D.C.  The Council of Industry has been a NAM member and partner for almost as long.  Considered one of the most effective advocacy groups in Washington the NAM also leads national workforce development efforts through its Manufacturing Institute and builds community awareness with Facts About Modern Manufacturing.

Advocacy Tools

Communication and relationship building are key to effective advocacy. The Council of Industry, together with our partners work year-round to build both. 

of the primary tools we use include lobby days in both Albany and Washington, tours, panels and webinars with elected officials, podcasts, the daily member briefing, monthly newsletters, and HV Mfg, The Council of Industry’s magazine

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Core to the mission of the Council of Industry is helping our member firms grow and prosper. 

With that mission in mind the Council of Industry has partnered with Ignition Life Solutions, a global enterprise strategic planning and development consulting, auditing and training firm, to help you grow your business, improve quality processes, and build efficiencies. 

Ignition’s areas of expertise span innovation & growth, operational excellence and quality management systems with a particular focus on manufacturing.  Among the many services Ignition offers are: 

  • Strategic Planning and Development
  • Quality Management 
  • IT Services
  • Operational Excellence

Ignition provides a free assessment for member firms, discounts on services, and where appropriate, will help secure grant funding to support the project.

Contact us to discuss.


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Survey Data

With the help of partners including Marist College,  Ethan Allen Personnel Group and Rose & Kiernan Insurance the Council of Industry works with members to provide local data on Wage & Benefits practices. Our goal is to provide you with meaningful data to help you remain competitive in the regional labor market.

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Discounts on Products and Services

The Council of Industry works with several partners to provide discounts on products and services your business uses every day. These programs include:

Energy Buying Consortium

Since 2004, the Council of Industry (CI) has been helping our members navigate the complex retail energy markets with our energy buying consortium.  Because it takes financial strength and experience to support the specific energy requirements of our members, CI has selected NRG/Direct Energy, as the preferred energy supplier for its members. If you want to learn more about managing your energy risks with this program you can Contact Us to learn more. 

Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions

For more than a decade The Council of Industry has teamed up with  Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions to offer our members discounts on a variety of employment services. Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions has been matching job seekers with career opportunities in the Hudson Valley since 1969. They offer a wide range of employment solutions including placement services, temporary staffing and full service PEO.  Ethan Allen is the largest full-service agency in the area.

Council of Industry members receive discounts on services provided by Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions.

UPS Freight Savings Program

This specialized program offers a minimum 70% discount on LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipping. With UPS Freight you will get regional, interregional, and long-haul capabilities – all under one carrier.

Your UPS Freight Savings Program applies to shipments weighing 150 lbs to 20,000 lbs that are:

  • Shipments billed collect to your company
  • Prepaid shipments from your company
  • Shipments billed to your company as a third party

For more information on your CI Savings Program discounts or to receive a free savings analysis, please contact your dedicated UPS Association Team.

Already have a UPS Freight account? Call your dedicated UPS Freight Association Team today to see how it compares to the CI Savings Program.

Relocation Services

Howard Hanna National Award-Winning Relocation Department, with over 25 years of experience in the Real Estate and Relocation Industries.  Their professional relocation team handles the needs of companies large and small. Expert in all aspects of the real estate and relocation process they are committed to providing exceptional customer service.

Howard Hanna has long-standing partnerships and client relationships with more than 50 of the Top Third- Party Relocation companies in the U.S. 

Securing Tax Credits

alliantgroup’s core mission is to help American businesses overcome the challenges of today to prepare them for the world of the 22nd Century and beyond. We work hand-in-hand with our clients and CPA partners to implement quantifiable solutions to their most critical concerns. This includes tax consultancy, team extension resources, cybersecurity, and management engineering.

Council members receive free initial consultations and evaluation as well as a discount on fees.

Contact Us to learn more. 

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Networks and Events

The Council of Industry coordinates and hosts meetings, webinars and other events dedicated to professional networking. The Council of Industry hosts several events a year including the Annual Luncheon & Member/Associate Member Expo, Manufacturing Champion Award Breakfast, the Annual Golf Outing, and more.

We also manage networks for manufacturing professionals in Human Resources, EHS, and more to share industry best practices and keep you up to date on legislative and regulatory changes.

Click this link to learn moreCouncil of Industry – Calendar of Events

Human Resources Network

The Human Resources Network consists of Member human resource managers, benefits administrators, recruiters and others interested in human resources activities who gather 4-6 times per year to hear presentations on and discuss current issues in human resources. The Human Resources Network also gives direction to the HR related topics in the CI Newsletter and assists in the development of wage salary and benefits surveys.

Click this link to learn moreCouncil of Industry – HRN Events

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Network

EHS Network consists of individuals from member firms interested in industrial environmental, safety and health issues. The EHS Network meets on the third Friday of every other month to hear presentations on, and discuss current industrial, environmental safety and health issues and trends.

Click this link to learn moreCouncil of Industry – Calendar of Events

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Building a Regional Strategy

To address both the near and longer-term workforce needs the Council of Industry and its members are leading the development and implementation of a Regional Manufacturing Sector Workforce Development Strategy. This strategy provides real-time information on the workforce needs of the Hudson Valley manufacturing sector to educators, elected officials, economic development professionals, and others so they can better allocate resources, encourage the development of the appropriate skills and training, and build awareness about the many rewarding careers in manufacturing.

Go Make It

There continues to be a misconception about the types and variety of careers in manufacturing. In our region, much of our manufacturing is “modern, advanced manufacturing” requiring a high level of skill, creativity and problem solving, with new and well-paid jobs being created every day. However, the perception held by students, parents and educators is that manufacturing is unskilled assembly in unpleasant environments, for very little money with few jobs or career growth.

GoMakeIt was developed to change this perception. Designed to help students, parents, and teachers explore the world of advanced manufacturing, GoMakeIt provides information on the manufacturing sector, the variety of careers in the sector and the types of skills they require. GoMakeIt also connects users to schools and colleges that develop those skills as well as to jobs in the region.

Click this link to learn more –

Hudson Valley Pathways Academy

The Council of Industry is pleased to be the Industry Partner for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, a P-TECH School located in Ulster County NY. The P-TECH model is a six-year pathway of study that leads to earning an associate’s degree and workforce readiness skills that put graduates first in line for available positions with Hudson Valley Manufacturers. At the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, secondary educators, colleges, and industry leaders work together to ensure student success through this educational journey.

Click this link to learn more – Hudson Valley Pathways Academy: A P-Tech School

Mfg Day

Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities — including students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing. The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will host its own public awareness event on Manufacturing Day and will also help Hudson Valley firms coordinate their events as well.

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Matching Educators with Manufacturers

One of the most effective ways to build tomorrow’s workforce is to connect you and your employees with educators, students, and parents directly. By working with you and seeing first-hand the high-tech processes and innovative products designed and built in our region we can help dispel the myths about manufacturing and build awareness of the great career opportunities the manufacturing sector provides.

The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center will maintain, expand, build and formalize these relationships.

Collaborative Recruiting is a website and collaborative digital marketing campaign designed to increase awareness about local careers in manufacturing. The website provides a single location for candidates to explore and apply for HV Manufacturing jobs. The hiring manager web tool and applicant tracker provide robust recruiting resources and centralized efficiencies throughout the hiring process.

Posted jobs are distributed to HVMFG Jobs and over 100 job boards including Google Jobs, Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor. Hiring managers to have access to an applicant tracking system, digital marketing campaign and unlimited job postings.

Want to know more about the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center and how you can support or be a part of our mission?  Contact Johnnieanne Hansen.

Interested in posting a manufacturing job? Learn more

Registered Apprentice Program

The Council of Industry Leads the Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP)  in the Hudson Valley. MIAP is an employer-led program to help manufacturers upskill their workforce utilizing New York State Department of Labor registered manufacturing apprentice trades.

Apprenticeship has two basic elements, On-the-Job Training (OJT), consisting of a skilled employee person capable and willing to share their experience with an apprentice, in a hands-on manner, and Related Instruction (RI), the learning of more theoretical or knowledge-based aspects of a craft. This program makes apprentice training accessible to all manufacturing firms in the region. 

This registered apprentice program will typically be three to four years in duration.

MIAP Registered Trades: