Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 04/15/16

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Industry Roundtable: Food and Agriculture

“Craft beer makers, food manufacturers and a coffee roaster agree that it’s hard to expand their businesses given the region’s sluggish population growth. So a few of them look outward. That includes Eric Naber, president of Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats LLC, who said his company offers private-label meat for six retailers across the country.”
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The Case for Why Albany Should Not Compare Itself to the Rest of Upstate New York

“Albany’s peer group should not be the rest of upstate New York. That’s the case Mike Hickey, interim president and CEO of the Center For Economic Growth, presented Tuesday at the Peter M. Tully lecture series. Hickey outlined the region’s economic development strategy, now that it has lost out on $500 million, and the role CEG will play going forward.”
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Empire State Development Seeks Operator for Northland Facility

“In a significant step forward for the Western New York Workforce Training Center, New York state is seeking bids from entities interested to operate the East Side facility. Bids are due back by June 14 to Empire State Development for the center’s operators. Bidding is open to for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations and/or collaborative teams.”
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A Farm Deep Inside a Brooklyn Warehouse may Lead the Way to Large-scale Urban Agriculture

“Known as aquaponics, this complicated but efficient ecosystem is the latest attempt at making agriculture commercially viable in New York City—even though it has a spotty history, a not-quite-proven track record and plenty of skeptics.”
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Robotics Team Heading to International Championship

“The FIRST—For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology—Robotics Team 1405 of the Charles Finney School in Penfield will advance to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis at the end of this month, officials announced Thursday. It is the third time the school has sent a team to the competition that has over 900 teams from 39 countries, officials said. The competition is April 27 to 30.”
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What our 40 Under 40s Think the Capital Region needs

“From well-known companies hiring more senior leaders from diverse backgrounds, to Uber, to attracting an investor community, our 40 Under 40s told us what the Albany, New York, region needs. We asked them as part of our survey of the 2016 winners.”
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Buffalo State will Train 24 Unemployed People for Work as Machine Operators

“Twenty-four people who are either unemployed or dislocated workers will be trained for entry- to mid-level manufacturing positions in Western New York. SUNY Buffalo State will institute the new program with the backing of a $100,000 grant from the New York State Department of Labor under the college’s Continuing Professional Studies Office and the Technology Department.”
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Poll: US Expected To Surpass China In Manufacturing Competitiveness By 2020

“The United States is expected to overtake China as the most competitive nation for manufacturing over the next few years, according to a recent survey of manufacturing executives. Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index showed that U.S. manufacturing competitiveness rose from fourth in the world in 2010 to second this year — and that it’s expected to assume the top spot by 2020.”
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