New York State Manufacturing Now - A FuzeHub Original Podcast

Your NYS Manufacturing Industry Podcast

NYS Manufacturing Now is FuzeHub's premier podcast with three main goals:

The first, is to showcase new technologies and innovations developed right here in New York. The second, is to close the knowledge gap of small-medium size manufacturers about the NYS resources that can help them find solutions to business and technical challenges. The third is to tell the story of manufacturers across New York State.

We will take you across the state to learn about start ups growing up in  New York and about the state programs and resources available to help them become more competitive.

Previous NYSMN Podcasts:

Episode 26: NAmTrans Moves Mountains
Joel Wood, the Director of NAmTrans, tells FuzeHub’s Steve Melito how the organization got started, where it’s headed, and how this strategic subsidiary of the North Country Chamber of Commerce is supporting one the world’s most diverse and innovative transportation clusters.

Episode 25: Manufacturing E-Commerce at Falconer Electronics
Falconer Electronics and its business consultant, Curt Anderson of B2Btail, tells FuzeHub’s Steve Melito about Falconer Electronic's e-commerce experience. For small to medium-sized enterprises across New York State, Falconer’s story offers valuable lessons you can apply to your own business.

Episode 24: Training Expert Employees with the SUNY Apprenticeship Program
Hear from James Willey and Matt Maloy, the coordinators of workforce development at MVCC. You’ll also hear from Cory Albrecht, the director of AIM, which is the regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center for the Mohawk Valley. Each of these resources will share insights about apprenticeships that can help NYS manufacturers find workforce talent. Career seekers can also learn about valuable opportunities through apprenticeship programs.

Episode 23: Elcan Industries: Moving Mountains (Of Metal Powder)
FuzeHub sits down with Russ Grotto of Elcan Industries, a 27-year-old sieving company in Tuckahoe, NY. Elcan Industries will not only sieve powders (also known as toll processing) into smaller particles but they also offer a variety of contract manufacturing services. They're also very committed to investing in their workforce.

Episode 22: KIRSH Helmets: Protecting Riders with Innovative Technologies
FuzeHub’s NYS Manufacturing Now podcast interviewed Donald DeVito, President and COO of KIRSH Helmets in Schenectady, NY. KIRSH is the only company to completely manufacture a motorcycle helmet in the United States and has a strong local supply chain.

Episode 21: Incodema: From Metal Fabrication to Pandemic Mitigation
As you’ll learn from this podcast, Incodema pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to supply a local hospital, Cayuga Medical Center, with reusable face shields that can be fully sterilized. In the process, Incodema learned lessons about itself and became an even more innovative company.  

Episode 20: Eck Plastic Arts: Saving Clients Money By Delivering More Value. How the Eck do they do it?
FuzeHub’s NYS Manufacturing Now podcast interviewed Brett Pennefeather from Eck Plastics Products, a full-service injection molding, thermoforming, fabrication, and product finishing company. Eck Plastic Arts is located in Binghamton, NY and produces quality plastic parts for original equipment manufacturers.

Episode 19: COVID-19 Update: Where Are Our Past Guests Now?
Three manufacturers from past episodes of FuzeHub’s New York State Manufacturing Now podcast spoke with us recently about their experiences during COVID-19. Sue Kerber and Zak Kerber from RAD Soap joined Lloyd Ploof from Square One Coating Systems and Shawn Baker of Chenango Valley Technologies in a special three-part podcast that examines what they’ve been doing during the pandemic. 

Episode 18: WDI Sounds Workforce Solutions
The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a non-profit organization that partners with NYS businesses, unions, and community organizations to create positive workforce outcomes. WDI began in 2003 as a partner to the NYS AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. Since then, WDI’s role has evolved as demand for its services have grown.

Episode 17: Engineering Success With Colin Touhey Of Pvilion
Listen to FuzeHub’s podcast with Pvilion to learn more about the rise of this dynamic company. In addition to telling Pvilion’s story, Touhey shares advice for startups and addresses challenges that manufacturers face. He also describes Pvilion’s successes and explains how his company has benefitted by working with NYS-funded assets.

Episode 16: AeroMed Pivots During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 15: CVT: Doing their part by manufacturing yours.

FuzeHub sits down with Shawn Baker of Chenango Valley Technologies a 47 year old full service injection molding company. Listen to their story about how they've grown to be a one-stop-shop for anyone needing their services.

Episode 14: Can I Borrow Your Engineer?

Steve from FuzeHub, sits down with the team at the Manufacturing Technology Enterprise Center (MTEC) to talk about their work as the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.

Episode 13: Square One Coating Systems - Going the Distance for Corrosion Resistance

FuzeHub sits down with Tom Basile, Sales and Service Manager at Square One Coating Systems, a metal finishing company in Oriskany, NY with over 100 years of combined experience and technical expertise.

Episode 12: From Home-brew to Whole Foods RAD Soap's Story

FuzeHub sits down with Rad Soap to learn about their journey from a small kitchen operation to a large production facility in Menands, NY. Learn about where they've been and where they're going on this episode of NYSMN.

Episode 11: Interviewing Tapecon a Centennial NYS Manufacturer

FuzeHub interviews Steve Davis of Tapecon, a hundred year old manufacturer in New York State.

Episode 10: What's Brewing at FX Matt Brewery with Dan Voce

FuzeHub sits down with Dan Voce from FX Matt Brewery to talk about his experience as Packaging Manager. Dan also shares the brewery's storied history and how they have supported and impacted the community around the brewery.

Episode 9: Talking Training and Factory Automation with Steven Smith of Perdix Software

Our host Steve Melito chats with Steven Smith of Perdix Software about the future of workforce training, and factory automation.

Episode 8: Crowley Machining & Fabrication

FuzeHub interviews Tom Crowley of Crowley Machining & Fabrication and he shares his challenges and triumphs of building a manufacturing business in New York State's Southern Tier.

Episode 7: Talking Iot with Temboo

Steve talks with Jessica Califano and Vaughn Shinall of Temboo about the internet of things and how manufacturers are using new IoT technologies to improve their production, cut costs and eliminate waste.

Episode 6: Getting to Know the MedTech Association with Win Thurlow

Join Steve in getting to know the MedTech Association through its Executive Director Win Thurlow, and learn how the medical device developers and manufacturers are shaping the industry in NYS and beyond.

Episode 5: Lou Manzo of Progress Industries & Arc Oneida-Lewis

Steve Melito from FuzeHub interviews Lou Manzo from Progress Industries & Arc Oneida-Lewis about his manufacturing business that supports people with disabilities.

Episode 4: Paul LaPorte - Cybersecurity for Manufacturers

Steve Melito chats with Paul LaPorte, the Cybersecurity Coordinator from the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing. Hear what Paul has to say about the importance of Cybersecurity, for all manufacturers, no matter how large of small. 

Episode 3: Talking to Suresh Dhaniyala founder of Potsdam Sensors and Commercialization Competition 2017 Winner

Listen to FuzeHubs' Steve Melito and Suresh Dhaniyala of Potsdam Sensors, a past winner for the Commercialization Competiton talk about Suresh's experience and the competition and what he gained from the competition.

Episode 2: Joshua Aviv of SparkCharge on Winning the Commercialization Competition and Beyond

Steve Melito of FuzeHub chats with Josua Aviv, founder of SparkCharge, and previous winner of FuzeHub's Commercialization Competition. Learn about SparkCharge's growth after the competition and find out his advice for this year's competitors.

Episode 1: Meeting with Matt Watson of Empire State Development

Steve Melito of FuzeHub talks with Matt Watson, the Director of the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development about NYS programs and resources available to small startup and manufacturing enterprises. 

Next time on



The NYSMN Podcast Team:

In the works

Cameron Machining & Fabrication

Falconer Electronics


Steve Melito

Steve Melito

Steve is the Host of NYS Manufacturing Now. He is always on the look out for new interviewees. If you would like to contact him, send him an email at

Page Fronczek

Page Fronczek

Page handles the technical details of podcasting for NYSMN, such as audio recording, editing and distribution.