Craft New York Act to Create Jobs, Spur Investment

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The legislation that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed on November 13 reduces what the Governor calls “burdensome” requirements, and provides $3 million in promotional funding via two craft-beverage grant programs. Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and Paul Leone, Executive Director New York State Brewers Association both praised the new law, which takes effect on December 13.Food and beverage manufacturers employee thousands of New Yorkers and generate billions of dollars in revenue.

Measuring New York State’s Manufacturing Capabilities

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In The Future of Manufacturing: Driving Capabilities, Enabling Investments, the World Economic Forum analyzes trends in global manufacturing from a value chain perspective. This 40-page report asserts that although developed countries have seen significant declines in manufacturing employment, improvements in manufacturing capabilities have “counterbalanced” this trend.

Monolith Solar to Expand NYS Manufacturing

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Monolith Solar is planning a $4.9-million expansion at the Vista Technology Campus in Bethlehem, a suburb of Albany in heart of New York State’s Tech Valley. The company, which designs, manufacturers, and installs solar panels, received a $400,000 grant from Empire State Development (ESD) and $400,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are performance-based and directly linked to job creation and investments.

When to Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap

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American manufacturing has a skills gap, but experts disagree about its size and severity. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 300,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in June 2014. By 2020, The Boston Consulting Group warns that U.S. manufacturers could face a shortfall of 875,000 highly skilled industrial workers. Today, approximately 10% of American workers are employed in manufacturing.

Bridging Manufacturing’s Demographic Divide

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Business Week recently reported that the average age of a U.S. manufacturing worker is 56. As Anna Wells explains in Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation (IMPO) magazine, a potential shortage of skilled workers isn’t the only concern. “How do the youngest crop of workers,” she asks, “best learn from their more seasoned counterparts?”

Manufacturing Is Still Buffalo’s Business

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Is manufacturing still strong in western New York? According to Buffalo Business First, U.S. government statistics show that the two-county Buffalo metropolitan area ranks 14th for manufacturing employment among the nation’s 51 major metros. In the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region today, nearly 12% of all civilian jobs are in the manufacturing sector. Compare that to Detroit, the national leader at just over 18%.

U.S. Manufacturers Forecast Growth Despite Concerns

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U.S. manufacturers are more optimistic about their own revenue growth than about overall prospects for the U.S. and global economies. According to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer from PwC US, American industrial manufacturers forecast an average growth rate of 5.6% over the next 12 months. That’s nearly a half-percentage point jump from a year ago (5.2%), and a solid 1.6% increase from 2013.

Rochester Re-Invents Itself (Again): The Future of NYS Manufacturing

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Rochester, New York has re-invented itself before. During the American Revolution, soldiers settled the fertile farmland near the Genesee River and grew grain. During the Industrial Revolution, residents milled flour. Later, during the Gilded Age, George Eastman founded Kodak and sold cameras under the slogan: “You press the button – we do the rest.” Ultimately, Xerox and Bausch + Lomb also called Rochester home.