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Herkimer 9 Foundation

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According to the book ‘I Grew Up with Basketball’ written by Frank J. Basloe, ‘The Herkimer 9’ was the name of the first basketball team from the Herkimer YMCA. Lambert Will was the first coach/player and was recognized in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution of early innovations to the game . The first rim and net have also been traced back to Herkimer. Our goal is to revitalize this block back to 1891 and restore the buildings surrounding the historic four corners. The Court House will be converted into a museum to display all the evidence and artifacts regarding the early stages and evolution of basketball. We will also be building a basketball/sports field house to host tournaments and events.

Kwik-Kut Manufacturing

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Kwik-Kut Manufacturing produces quality, American-made kitchen goods. We have made our most popular product, the Tooth Edge Chopper, for over 80 years! We manufacture variations of this product as well as some custom made items. Our products can be found in hardware stores, kitchen shops, restaurant suppliers, and are also sold for fund-raising purposes.

Neff Automation

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Neff specializes in providing automation products and solutions to enhance manufacturing and assembly processes and improve productivity in a wide variety of industries. We focus our activities on manufacturing process improvement, productivity enhancement, total cost management and downtime reduction. Our mission is to provide automation solutions designed to “enhance our customers’ competitiveness.”


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CCMR advances, explores, and exploits the science and engineering of advanced materials through the
study of materials at the nanoscale. CCMR’s facilities enable materials synthesis and preparation, analysis, testing and characterization. Access to Cornell materials science experts is available through the grant-based Industrial Partnerships Program. Industrial projects receive matching funds to support projects, instruments’ usage and student internships.

Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency

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The mission of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency is to deliver economic incentives to businesses and industries to diversify and strengthen Herkimer County’s tax base and enhance community vitality by supporting job creation, business and industrial development, and community revitalization. We strive to develop the local economy in an organized, sustainable and environmentally beneficial manner.

Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc., / Liberty ARC

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Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., dba-Liberty Enterprises, is a not-for-profit agency that began as a parent-run, advocacy organization for persons with disabilities over 50 years ago.

Liberty provides a lifetime range of comprehensive, professional services. One of Liberty’s missions is to empower these individuals through vocational employment in a manufacturing setting. Liberty’s manufacturing program produces over 200 products such as janitorial cleaning products, personal care soaps, office products, spill absorbent products, including food processing.

Herkimer Industries

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ARC Herkimer is a not-for-profit organization that assist people with developmental disabilities. One of the ways that we are able to assist them is through our vocational operation, Herkimer Industries, where we bring jobs in for the people we assist to work on. The main services that we offer is that of kitting, packaging, sewing, minor assembly, pallet displays, warehousing and fulfillment. We are SQF certified for the handling of packaged food as well as FDA registered for the kitting of medical devices.

Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI)

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UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) leverages cutting-edge materials science, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced manufacturing expertise and infrastructure to drive critical R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth. Together with UB’s Center for Advanced Technology (UB CAT) and the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), the CMI anchors UB’s technology-based economic development infrastructure. The CMI works with over 100 materials research faculty with broad ranging expertise in diverse areas of materials engineering and development. The CMI also fosters STEM education and internship opportunities for students.

Cornell AgriTech Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

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The Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech serves as a hub connecting businesses and entrepreneurs with the services they need to succeed. The Center of Excellence works with partners across the state to increase the size and scope of the food and agriculture economy in New York by fostering the growth of new companies, new products, and existing businesses.

Binghamton University S3IP Center of Excellence

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We solve problems for manufacturing companies leveraging the broad capabilities and deep technical resources of a leading research university. Our 6 research centers address microelectronics manufacturing, flexible hybrid electronics, and heterogeneous integration of electronics, thin film electronic devices for energy harvest and storage. Advanced battery research is directed by Dr. Stan Whittingham, 2019 Nobel Laureate for invention of the Li-ion battery. Our professional staff backed by the deep expertise of faculty, assists companies in problem solving and use of our 7 laboratories addressing manufacturing methods and materials, thermal management, failure analysis, and reliability improvement.




As the Vice President for Large-Scale Renewables, Georges leads NYSERDA’s work in advancing both land-based renewable energy and offshore wind resources. Prior to joining NYSERDA in September 2021, he spent nearly ten years at General Electric (GE)
Georges Sassine
VP, Large Scale Renewables (NYSERDA)
Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering.
Jian Sun
Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES)


Before starting his “second career” in academia, Brian enjoyed a successful career in sales management, product management, marketing, and strategic planning. His career included positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, Crane & Company, and Taconic Biosciences.
Brian Apkarian
Director of Business Development (CFES)
Chulsung Bae is a Ford Foundation Professor at the Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Biology RPI. Bae's research group focuses on the development of functional polymeric materials that might find applications in the areas of clean energy and environmental technologies.
Chulsung Bae
Ford Foundation Professor - RPI
Everton is a manufacturing virtuoso focused on helping the manufacturing community, industry, start-ups, local colleges and universities, and business leaders to advance innovation and technology.
Everton H. Henriques
NY MEP Solutions Manager
Michael has more than 17 years of experience ranging from engineering and product development, manufacturing, business development and operations. Prior to joining CEG in 2013, he was director of an incubator program, an entrepreneur, and was a senior engineer at Boeing.
Michael Lobsinger
SVP and Center Director for CEG
David Whipple is the Director of Industry Development for renewable energy at Empire State Development, the State level job creating agency. He works with partners to help renewable energy businesses establish manufacturing operations in NY.
David Whipple
Director of Industry Development - ESD
Peter is skilled in Residential & C&I Solar Energy, Environmental Awareness, Public Speaking, International Education, Organic Farming, Offshore Wind Supply Chain Management, Circular Economy and Climate Change Science. He has a Masters of Science focused in Science for Sustainable Development from Linköping University.
Peter Lion
Senior Advisor - Offshore WInd - NYSERDA
Jude Auman
Project Development - LJUNGSTRÖM
Christopher is responsible for managing multiple product lines across various industries to effectively deploy roadmaps and the overall vision for hydrogen infrastructure. 
Christopher D. Johnson
Product Manager - Plug Power
Cullen Brown is a Key Account Manager in the Customer Business Development group at (NYPA), helping manage NYPA’s economic development programs, as well as working with municipalities and SUNY campuses to achieve their CLCPA goals.
Cullen O. Brown
Associate Key Account Manager - NYPA


  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    Welcome Addresses

    Master of Ceremonies: Everton H. Henriques
    Welcome: Cathleen McColgin, John Piseck, Franca Armstrong

  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    Sponsor Presentations

    Lloyd Ploof – Square One Coatings, Jacob Perry – Neff Automation, Cory Albrecht – AIM, Bill McDonald – Herkimer College

  • 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
    Keynote Speaker I
  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions: Part I

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: TBA

    Agriculture Solutions Track: Energy Efficiency Programs and Funding Opportunities (read more)

  • 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase & Networking
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    Lunch and Main Keynote
  • 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    Breakout Sessions: Part II

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: TBA

    Agriculture Solutions Track: Energy Saving Technology and Grant / Incentive Programs:(read more)

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase & Networking
  • 3:00 PM
    Event Concludes




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