September 2014

FAGE to Expand NYS Yogurt Factory

New York State is America’s Yogurt Capital, a title the Empire State took from California in 2013. With FAGE’s announcement of a planned $82-million expansion at its Johnstown facility, New York is poised to retain this production distinction. Driven by consumer demand for Greek yogurt, the number of New York State yogurt manufacturers has doubled since 2000 and now includes 28 companies, including Chobani.

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SALT Makerspace Shares 3D Printing and More

The Syracuse Learning and Technology (SALT) Makerspace is getting ready for its grand opening on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 PM. Housed in the Delevan Center on West Fayette Street, the SALT Makerspace features metal and wood shops, a computer lab with 3D printers, and a lounge where local inventors and artists can connect. Recent presentations and an open house are energizing the community.
Backed by a $29,000 grant from the Syracuse Tech Garden, the SALT Makerspace is the brainchild of Mike Giannattasio, a Syracuse University alumnus with a Master’s Degree in Sculpture. Private donors have also contributed $16,000, along with what Giannattasio calls “countless pieces of equipment”. By sharing tools and knowledge, local artists and engineers can minimize costs while turning ideas into manufactured items.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Farm to Fork Solutions Forum

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Farm to Fork Solutions Forum, which will focus on helping New York State food and beverage manufacturers grow their business, to be held on October 3 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. FuzeHub, a statewide initiativeannounced last fall, will host the forum and connect businesses with technical experts to identify solutions to overcome challenges to growth. To date, FuzeHub has assisted more than 450 manufacturing companies across New York.

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