MEP Centers Celebrate Manufacturing Day

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Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing that’s meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturing talent. On the first Friday of each October, manufacturers open their doors to students, teachers, and community members. This year, over 65 Manufacturing Day events are scheduled across New York State, including ones with five of the state’s MEP centers on October 7, 2016.

Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 09/23/16

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Brooklyn Army Terminal will boost growing food manufacturers Last month, the City’s Economic Development Corporation announced that it has designated the 55,000 square foot Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) Annex building as a space for 10 growing food manufacturing companies, and that it expects four new companies to move in by the end of the year. Read more here. Plattsburgh, New York will …


How Would You Handle A Cyber Attack?

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What if all of your employees walked into the office one morning, turned on their computers, and a screen popped up with a message “Your Files Have Been Encrypted, Pay $25,000 in 24 hours or all of your files and the files on your network will be destroyed”?

That’s exactly what happened when a small manufacturer in the Utica area was the victim of a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a virus that encrypts all of the files on your hard drive. If a “ransom” isn’t paid, then your files will be deleted in 24 or 48 hours. It’s like a digital ticking time bomb and there is nothing you can do at that point. As a manufacturer, you likely have sensitive employee information, contracts, and CAD designs that contain IP unique to your business on the network.

Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 09/16/16

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New Era apparel manufacturer to hire new workers and expand product “Nearly two weeks after Buffalo-based New Era put its name on an NFL stadium, the sports apparel company announced 270 workers at its Derby plant will make a new line of NFL caps that’s being manufactured in Western New York. An additional 17 workers will be hired.” Read more here …

Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 09/09/16

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Chemical compound maker SI Group purchases plant in Houston, TX “The company, which is headquartered in Niskayuna and employs more than 2,700 people worldwide, reached an agreement Tuesday at 9 p.m. to acquire TPC Group’s manufacturing plant in Baytown, Texas, near Houston.” Read more here NY offering $10 million dollar grants to help reduce manufacturers’ energy bills “Industrial and manufacturing …


Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

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Invitation to Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers: Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute The Department of Defense has recently announced an $80M funding opportunity for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute focusing on Robots in Manufacturing Environments (RIME). In response, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is leading a strong team proposing the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. The team consists of industry, non-profit, …


How Manufacturing Will Make It in New York City

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Manufacturing in New York City is changing. Over the last several decades, larger firms that mass-produce goods have shed jobs or left the city’s five boroughs. Smaller companies that make specialty products are growing, but haven’t replaced all of the manufacturing jobs that have been lost since 2001. If the forecast for NYC manufacturing seems cold and cloudy at times, …


Cybersecurity Workshop for Manufacturers

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Cyber-attacks have become widespread in the United States in all industries, and manufacturing is no different. Learn how to protect your business at the September 15, 2016 cybersecurity workshop for manufacturers, hosted by the Mohawk Valley regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), and Mohawk Valley Community College at the thINCubator in Utica, NY. The …


Ask an Expert: Reg Carter, Executive Director, CITEC

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For this edition of our “Ask an Expert” series, we interviewed Reg Carter, executive director of CITEC, which is part of the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Reg has worked as a senior level executive, offering extensive and diverse leadership experience, both domestic and international, with companies that include General Electric, AB Electrolux, and NiSource. He brings that experience to …