ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Statewide Virtual 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 on Friday, October 15.
Over 300 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 65 manufacturers from across New York will be participating as exhibitors this year.
“In New York State, there are over 15,000 manufacturers that provide close to 500,000 jobs statewide. There are open jobs available today and more are expected in the years to come as significant portions of the manufacturing workforce nears retirement age. It’s creating a workforce gap that requires solutions like New York State Manufacturing Day,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc.
“Our Manufacturing Day events are designed to help show students what it would be like to pursue a career in the industry,” said Everton H. Henriques, NY MEP Solutions Director at FuzeHub. “Alongside our event partners, we’ll introduce students to in-demand manufacturing jobs, with the goal of inspiring them to become the future leaders of industrial innovation.”
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, especially during periods when industry leaders are faced with labor shortage challenges. Over the next decade, it is estimated 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and notably, U.S. manufacturing employees have an average annual income of $87,185.
FuzeHub will use the digital conference platform Remo, which enables event attendees to directly interact with each other in smaller groups, creating an experience similar to conferences or trade shows that have booths for attendees to visit. It also allows participants to remain in the platform to engage in larger activities as well, such as keynote addresses and panel discussions.
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, Industrial Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC), Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), TDO, NextCorps, MTEC, CITEC and Insyte Consulting.
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.
To learn more about New York State Manufacturing Day, visit https://newyorkmep.org/manufacturing-day/
FuzeHub is a nonprofit organization that connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation, and business growth. Through its custom assessment, matching, and referral platform, FuzeHub helps companies navigate New York’s robust network of industry experts at Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, universities, economic development organizations, and other providers. FuzeHub is the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program center, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). For more information, visit www.fuzehub.com.
About the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) is a network of 11 organizations that provide growth and innovation services to small and mid-sized manufacturers in every corner of the state to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. Supported through a combination of federal and state funding, the NY MEP is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and overseen by Empire State Development’s Division of Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). In 2019, the NY MEP created or retained 5,275 manufacturing jobs and generated $992 million in company cost savings, new investments and increased or retained sales.
For more information on NY MEP, visit www.newyorkmep.org.