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Business and education unite at Mount manufacturing conference

October 04, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Reinfurt at the CGAM Conference 2013

Keynote speaker Edward Reinfurt, director of Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR), said that the future of manufacturing in New York promises to be “exciting.”

Mount Saint Mary College proudly hosted the third annual Hudson Valley Manufacturing Conference, titled “The Resurgence of Manufacturing in New York State,” on Friday, October 4.

The conference was presented by the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing: a not-for-profit organization of academic institutions and industry partners dedicated to the support of innovative, advanced manufacturing in the Mid-Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.

Held on National Manufacturing Day, the event was an opportunity to look at common concerns and challenges, address a skilled labor shortage, and attempt to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry.

CGAM Conference 2013

Mount president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, welcomed about 300 attendees.

“We have enormous brain power right here in New York State. We can have a booming industrial and manufacturing base if we collaborate towards that goal,” he explained. “Manufacturing firms, like colleges and universities, are economic engines with employment, construction, and brainpower.”

Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM) co-founder Carl Meyer said that the Mount “is a very significant partner of CGAM. [It] has been one of the strongest supporters of our work.”

CGAM includes Mount Saint Mary College, SUNYIT, The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), Council for Industry (CI), Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC), and Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corporation (MVATC), as well as eight SUNY partner institutions: Morrisville State College, and Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Mohawk Valley, and Herkimer community colleges.

Keynote speaker Edward Reinfurt, director of Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR), discussed the state of manufacturing in New York.

“On this day, National Manufacturing Day, we look not so much at where we’ve been, but where we are going. It’s exciting,” said Reinfurt. “That’s what manufacturing is: innovative, responsible. We have a sense of pride in what we do.”

Meyer at the CGAM Conference 2013

Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing founder Carl E. Meyer discussed the state of manufacturing in New York. Meyer is also president/CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium.

CGAM held parallel conferences at two sites in New York State – one at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh for Hudson Valley attendees, and one at SUNYIT in Utica for Mohawk Valley participants.

Sponsors of the conference included SUNYIT; C.T. MALE Associates Engineering, Surveying, Architecture; SUNY Research Foundation; Workforce Development Institute; and Mount Saint Mary College.

CGAM directly supports manufacturers by coordinating education and training of the workforce and by providing incubation, acceleration, and technology transfer facilities in both regions, as well as training in areas of high demand for both employers and students.

For more information, contact Eve Bianco at eve.bianco00@gmail.com