Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 3/9/15

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National Academies Proposes Clear Pathways For U.S. Manufacturing Workforce

“While manufacturing has never been more important to the American economy, many manufacturers report that they are unable to fill positions requiring skilled workers, according to the latest report from the National Academy of Engineering. At the same time, workers and students often find it difficult to navigate the web of certifications, degrees and experience levels necessary to claim these jobs.”
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NIST Announces $26M To Expand Services At MEP Centers In 10 States

“The National Institute of Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) announced the award of 10 new five-year cooperative agreements to manage Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers.”
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SBA Announces $2M For Organizations To Help Small Tech Companies Commercialize New Technologies

“The Small Business Administration released its annual solicitation for the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, a competitive grants program for eligible organizations to conduct outreach and provide technical assistance services to technology-based small business owners.”
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Cuomo Plans Cuba Trip For April

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he will lead an official state trade mission to Cuba in April, New York’s first such mission since the United States began to normalize its relations with the Caribbean nation. Plans for the highly-anticipated Cuba trip were outlined in broad strokes earlier this year, when Cuomo announced that as part of his Global NY initiative, he wanted to lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba.”
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Amsterdam Printing And Litho Expands Workforce In New York State’s Mohawk Valley

“Amsterdam Printing and Litho is planning to continue its long tradition in New York’s Mohawk Valley and create nearly 40 new jobs while retaining its existing employee base of 469 associates.”
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Buffalo Manufacturing Works Has Jobs To Fill

“Buffalo Manufacturing Works is looking to double its workforce, and hire for up to 10 different positions. The jobs include engineers, technical specialists, technicians and a project manager that support its four technology focus areas: additive manufacturing; flexible manufacturing; machining and finishing, and materials and testing.”
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Semi-Finalists Selected For Rochester Venture Challenge

“High Tech Rochester Inc. has announced eight of 24 early-stage companies have been selected as semi-finalists in the 2015 Rochester Venture Challenge, formerly the Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest. The companies selected are competing for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, officials said.”
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RIT Showcases New Battery Prototyping Center

“Rochester Institute of Technology showcased its new $1.5 million Battery Prototyping Center on Friday alongside state officials… The new center—located on the fourth floor of Institute Hall on the northwestern side of campus—was created to aid in research and work with companies to support the region’s growing battery industry, officials said.”
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