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Council of Industry Roundtable with President Williams of New York Federal Reserve Bank

On Wednesday, July 10, members of the Council of Industry met with John Williams, the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank for a roundtable discussion of issues affecting Hudson Valley Manufacturers. The event was arranged by the Council of Industry and held at MPI, Inc. It was an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to provide insight on issues such as the skills gap, tariffs, trade,  

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Metallized Carbon: Innovation at the Core of its Growth

This week, we turn our attention to Metallized Carbon, a state-of-the-art manufacturing company located in Ossining, New York. While their products may not be easily identifiable, they serve a critical role in the aerospace and defense sectors. Click to read more about how this Hudson Valley company has grown throughout it’s over 70-year history!

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2019 NYS Legislative Session Wrap Up

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up in Albany at the end of June with a flurry of activity and hundreds of bills passing before lawmakers adjourned for the summer and headed home to their district offices. Below is an overview report from The Manufacturers Alliance of New York of some of the new measures that state legislators passed this session that may have an impact on your company and its operations.

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Creativity and Ambition: One Person’s Path Towards a Rewarding Career

Over one million people call the Hudson Valley home, with many working in various manufacturing industries. Sono-Tek Corporation is a state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Milton, NY that specializes in ultrasonic spray-coating. Within this company, a man named Adam Carlock has made a career for himself. Click to read more about this success story!

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Meet Peter – Apprentice at Sono-Tek

Meet Peter, a CNC Machinist and Apprentice at Sono-Tek Corporation in Milton, NY. Peter's career in manufacturing started at an optics company where he first learned about diamond cutting and CNC machines. He's been able to use the skills he gained at that job to help him be successful at Sono-Tek.

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Hard Work, Determination, and Resilience: The Path Towards Success for FALA Technologies

The Hudson Valley is filled with family owned businesses who continue to push quality products while contributing to the New York economy. FALA Technologies is no exception, read more about how one family’s goal turned into a reality.

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Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center Receives Grant from Rowley Family Foundation

Johnnieanne Hansen with the Rowley Family accepting a grant from the Rowley Family Foundation to help HVMWC encourage women and girls to pursue careers in manufacturing.

The Rowley Family Foundation’s new Fund for Women and Children awarded grants to 15 organizations in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties including The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center, Inc. The awards, totaling  

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Schatz Bearing Corporation: Small Parts, High Stakes

When people think of industrial manufacturing, often times gigantic heavy-duty equipment comes to mind. The truth is, many companies are tasked with building small parts designed to be used in everything from commercial equipment to classified defense projects. Schatz Bearing Corporation proves that small ball bearings serve crucial roles in the manufacturing sector.

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Meet Josh – Apprentice at LoDolce Machine

Meet Josh, an apprentice at LoDolce Machine. Josh has been working at LoDolce for a little less than a year as a Machine Operator. He was recently registered under the CNC Machinist trade in the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Workforce Diversity: New Ideas Within the Manufacturing Industry

When we think of diversity, many of us tend to think about physical characteristics. However, workplace diversity entails much more than that and for good reason. Click to read more about the importance of workforce diversity! 

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

When Johnnieanne Hansen began her role as Director of Workforce Development and Apprentice Coordinator for the Council of Industry her first priority was to recruit companies to participate in the newly formed Intermediary Apprentice Program. As she began to pitch the idea she found that many Hudson Valley manufacturers also needed help with recruiting. Thus, in Spring 2018 the Collaborative Recruiting Initiative was hatched.

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Find Out About IMAGE – ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers

IMAGE is a voluntary program in which ICE partners with businesses to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. By volunteering to participate in the program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

“In my previous positions as a recruiter and corporate trainer I had done some research into Applicant Tracking Systems. It occurred to me that the Council could purchase a subscription and make the service available to participating members.”  Hansen said.  “Hiring managers get a system where they can post jobs, sort and track candidates and get other resources and support throughout the hiring process. Posted jobs are distributed to over 100 job boards like: Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn and Glassdoor.”

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The Blue-Collar Drought

Many people believed that robots and machines would one day take over blue-collar jobs, however, it’s actually resulted in the exact opposite. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet have only created more jobs. Find out the causes behind the ongoing blue-collar drought and the initiatives being put in place to combat it.

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Council Will Use its Collaborative Recruiting Program to Help you Recruit The Best Summer Intern Talent

We know that providing internships is one of the best recruitment strategies a company can have.  It opens a channel from a school to your company, serves as a “get to know you” period where both parties get a chance to see if there is a good fit, while at the same time enables you to get some needed work done at your business. Find out what the Council of Industry is doing to help you recruit interns for this summer.

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New York Legislative Update — 2019 Starts With a Roar

The New York State Legislature gaveled in for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session on January 9, 2019, with Democrats in control of all three chambers of New York State government for the first time since the 2008-2009 session. As expected, the Democrats are flexing their muscles and progressive legislation traditionally stalled in a Republican-controlled Senate has been given new life. For example, two long-stalled progressive pieces of legislation, Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the Child Victims Act (discussed below), were quickly passed by the Legislature.

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Manufacturing Alliance to Focus on Workforce and Taxes this Legislative Session

The New York State Manufacturing Alliance, of which the Council of Industry is a founding partner, is focusing on two issues of vital importance to manufacturing businesses across the Hudson Valley and the State – Workforce Development and Taxes. Learn more about how we're advocating for continued support in this post.

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What To Do About Millennials & Generation Z in the Manufacturing Workplace

Guest blogger Skip Weisman, President and Owner of Creating Your Championship Company, discusses some of the many advantages of having Millennials and Generation Z enter the workforce. Find out more in this post.

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New York Minimum Wage Increases

An increase in the minimum wage, intended to eventually bring New York’s state minimum wage to $15 an hour, went into effect on December 31. As a result of a measure signed into law in April 2016, the state will continue to see minimum wage increases implemented on a regional basis. The state’s current basic minimum wage is $10.40 an hour.

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Having Trouble Finding Candidates? Have You Considered Attracting Veterans?

In the manufacturing industry, one of the challenges that we all face is attracting quality candidates. Have you ever thought about trying to reach veterans through your candidate search? Did you know that jobs can be made searchable by MOS code? MOS codes are a specific code used in the military that identifies a particular job. Each MOS code has its own job description.

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COI Collaborate Recruitment Initiative Success Story

Debra Sherman, the Human Resources Director at Fair-Rite Products, joined the Council of Industry's Collaborative Recruitment Initiative about 10 months ago. Since then she has managed to fill 16 of their open positions. Learn more about the benefits of this initiative and if it could be right for you inside.

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NAM Outlook Survey Results Show Record Breaking Optimism in 2018

For the last 20 years the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has conducted the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. This year manufacturers reported record breaking optimism, with 92.4 percent of manufacturers surveyed reporting a positive outlook for their companies. Link to full survey results inside.

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New York State Apprentice Program Information Session

Most of our members indicate that workforce is their number one concern. Many of them also indicate they are hiring and training on the job. The apprentice program allows companies to enhance their current training program while creating a clear pathway that makes sense to job seekers and employees alike.

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