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Evolution Prototype & Production

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Evolution Prototype & Production is a plastic casting and molding service provider specializing in small batch plastic production, and prototyping. Our customer base includes medical device manufacturers, automotive supply chain providers, aerospace engineers, and individual inventors.


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Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. NYSTAR offers programs that assist companies from start-up through maturity, leveraging the state’s unparalleled investment in world-class technology assets and expertise. It provides roughly $55 million annually in funding to support over 70 centers that provide direct assistance to New York State companies—a network of vital assets for enabling technology- and manufacturing-led growth and job creation. NYSTAR and its partners are proud to contribute to New York’s leadership in the global innovation economy.

The Arc, Oneida Lewis

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Progress Industries, of the Arc Oneida Lewis, is an outsourcing specialist!
Progress Industries has been offering assembly, packaging, and fulfillment services for over 45 years to companies throughout the Northeast and beyond.
With an integrated workforce of over 200 people, and locations throughout central New York, Progress Industries has the capabilities to address most manufacturing, fulfillment, packaging and kitting needs. We offer dependable and quality services at competitive prices with on time delivery commitments that you can depend on.

The Fountainhead Group Inc.

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Ever since we introduced the first compressed air sprayer in 1888, we've dedicated ourselves to creating products that make consumers' lives easier. Over the years, we've continued to build our legacy as the innovation leader in liquid applicator technologies with numerous category leading introductions. Today, we're proud to offer only the highest quality pump sprayers, backpack sprayers, mosquito foggers and more for home and professional use. Our sprayers are sold under the Roundup, D.B. Smith, Field King and Indian brands, while our foggers are sold under the Black Flag, Burgess, Cutter and Repel brands.

CTM Corp.

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Since 1969, the World’s Finest Craftsmen Have Helped Establish CTM as a Leader in Precision Machining. A World Leader in Determining the Best Solutions for Puzzling Design-to-Cost Problems. When others might surrender, CTM charges the field, armed with experience and insight. If it can be made, CTM will figure out the way. Powered by the finest industry craftsman and backed by a second-to-none dedicated team of project leaders, shop foremen, engineers, and office support staff, we make even the most challenging projects a reality. We Have a Solid Reputation for Top-Quality Work, Efficient Services, & Competitive Prices With senior-level expertise every step of the way, we deliver all your machining needs from prototype to production.

RFM Designs

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RFM Designs is a Mechanical Engineering Design Firm. For large firms, we can be there to take on tasks that allow you to focus your engineering team on core competencies. For small businesses, we can become your Product Development & Engineering Department. For individuals or inventers, we can take your napkin sketch and develop ANSI/ASME Y14.1 standard drawings.

We have at our disposal an advanced machine shop with CNC equipment dedicated for use in developing your product. Our stuff is designed for manufacturability.

Expertise Project

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ExPr uses streaming video and immersive tools to shrink the Awareness Gap that exists between schools and employers in our communities. Our collective of students, parents, educators, and employers to create and distribute short videos that introduce different industries and the professionals that work there - and shows how and where to get the training and skills right in their schools and local communities. We help people discover good careers, help employers recruit successful employees, and help our workforce move forward. ExPr is a New York Benefit Corporation based in Troy, New York.

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute

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The NYS Pollution Prevention Institute is a trusted resource for organizations across the state seeking cost-effective strategies for realizing new levels of efficiency and minimizing their impacts on the environment. Its team of engineers/researchers collaborate with the decision-makers—small business owners, manufacturers, community leaders, and municipalities—working to make NYS a national model for sustainability, waste-reduction, and pollution prevention. NYSP2I is sponsored by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and led by Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). It is a collaboration of five research universities and manufacturing extension partnerships.

Keller Industrial Products, Inc

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Keller Industrial Products, Inc. is based in suburban Buffalo, NY. Through our 80+ years, we have migrated about forty years ago from our roots as a distributor to our primary role as a professional outsourced sales organization (commonly known as “manufacturers’ representatives” or “agents”) of engineered components. Our first representation contract is dated in 1966, and that relationship remains strong to this day.


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Clean energy can power New York while protecting the environment. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.




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 | FuzeHub
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

    Location: Main Hall

  • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    Welcome Addresses

    Location: RMCC Theater

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

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

    Location: RMCC Theater

    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

    Location: RMCC Theater

    John Lorence V.P. Manufacturing Engineering The Fountainhead Group

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions: Part I

    Room 294

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: How to Fund, Build, and Market a Better Product​ (read more)

    Room 295

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

  • 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase & Networking

    Location: Main Hall

  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    Lunch and Main Keynote

    Location: Lower Level Dining Hall

    Marion Terenzio – President, SUNY Cobleskill

    Elizabeth Dribusch – CEO, NYS Farm Bureau

  • 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    Breakout Sessions: Part II

    Room 294

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: Cybersecurity Solutions for Manufacturing​ (read more)

    Room 295

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

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

    Location: Main Hall

  • 3:00 PM
    Event Concludes




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