New York State Manufacturing Day will bring students from across the state together to learn about careers in the manufacturing industry. FuzeHub, the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP), is working with several regional NY MEP centers to organize this interactive, virtual event Friday, October 16.
Over 200 students from communities statewide are registered to participate in the event. They will have the opportunity to be introduced to manufacturing companies based in or near their hometowns. Over 60 manufacturers are participating, including Cree, Regeneron and CONMED Corporation.
“New York State is home to over 15,000 manufacturers that provide nearly 500,000 jobs and contribute $86.7 billion in economic output to our state’s gross regional product. It’s an important industry that requires a robust talent pipeline,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc. “New York State Manufacturing Day aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the industry and become drivers of innovation who build growing companies and cultivate a more resilient, inclusive and vibrant economy across our state.”
FuzeHub will be using a digital conference platform that allows event attendees to directly interact with each other in smaller groups, similar to how a conference or trade show may have booths for attendees to visit. It also allows participants to remain in the platform to participate in larger activities, such as keynote addresses and panel discussions.
New York State Manufacturing Day will include informal networking at digital booths as well as a keynote address from Adam Milton, Director of Operations at Cree Wolfspeed. Milton is leading the effort to help Cree build a world-class team to run its new state-of-the-art Mohawk Valley Fab in Marcy, N.Y.
The regional NY MEP centers joining FuzeHub as event hosts and partners are the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) at Mohawk Valley Community College, the Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) at Stony Brook University, Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), Center for Economic Growth, ITAC, TDO, NextCorps and Insyte Consulting.
Since its founding, Manufacturing Day’s goal has been to inspire the nation’s next-generation manufacturing workforce, encouraging students to consider careers in the industry. Manufacturing jobs are both in-demand and good-paying. Over the next decade, it’s estimated 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and U.S. manufacturing employees have an annual average income of $87,185.
Supported by NYSTAR (Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation), the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a network of 11 organizations – 10 regional centers and one statewide center – that helps small and mid-sized manufacturers solve problems, accelerate growth and create jobs. The network is leading the statewide NY MEP COVID Recovery Initiative, which will support manufacturers in recovering from the pandemic and strengthening their future competitiveness and resilience. To learn more about this multifaceted manufacturing recovery program, visit this link.
To learn more about New York State Manufacturing Day, visit https://newyorkmep.org/manufacturing-day/.