June 6-7, 2023
100 Lou Ambers Drive
Herkimer, NY 13350
New York State’s food, agriculture, and manufacturing ecosystem are coming together for a Mohawk Valley event that’s something to crow about.
Vitality in the Valley is where NYS companies in all three industries will connect with each other, and with resources that can help them grow.
As an exhibitor at this amazing event, you will:
- Meet potential buyers and suppliers
- Talk to business and technical resources
- Hear from industry experts
- Learn about new technologies
- Find potential distribution channels
- Discover funding opportunities
- Network with peers at a pre-event reception
Non-exhibitors are welcome to register as attendees. Sponsorship opportunities that let you showcase your organization are available.
Exhibitor Setup Begins
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome, Sponsor Addresses
- Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)
- Bill McDonald – Herkimer College
- Tim Thomas – MVCC
David Casullo, CEO Rock City Development, LLC
- Workforce Development Panel
- Industry Funding Panel
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Find out what’s being done to upskill workers in the region and beyond. You’ll hear about micro-credentials from SUNY Central plus workforce development programs, including grants. You’ll also hear from a manufacturer that’s successfully addressing workforce development.
- Miriam Dushane, PHR, SHRM-CP, Alaant Workforce Solutions
- Cynthia Proctor, SUNY System
- Franca Armstrong, SUNY Apprenticeship Program
- Mark Cushman, Giotto Enterprises
- Dan Cullen, WDI
Find out about funding sources for New York State Manufacturers and Innovators. Whether you’re facing foreign competition, looking for capital investment, or seeking grant opportunities, our panelists will provide you with insights and information you can use to grow your business.
- Steve Melito, FuzeHub
- Patty Rechberger, FuzeHub
- Tim Fitzgerald, Mohawk Valley EDGE
- Ken Rother, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
- Marcia Mitchell, NY Ventures
Expertise Project Benefit Corporation
Expertise Project (ExPr) is an alliance of educators and employers who create and distribute lesson plans and video tours of local manufacturing and construction employers to grow New York's Technical Workforce. ExPr equips marketing and recruitment professionals with virtual reality headsets that give 360-degree tours of their workplace and training programs right from their career fair tables. This results in more productive discussions with candidates. ExPr also bundles the tours with supporting lesson plans into ExPr Career VR and ExPr Online - which are used by subscribing educators, career counselors, and other workforce development professionals to introduce the STEM career and apprenticeship paths available here in New York State.
Four Anchors Worldwide LLC
Ocean cargo insurance broker
Four Anchors Worldwide LLC, specialists in marine cargo insurance, commenced their 15th year of operation in February 2022. We see the need to offer our marine cargo insurance services to those companies which seek to upgrade their coverage, secure improved rates and reach a confidence level that claims covered under their marine cargo insurance policy will be handled to a swift and successful conclusion. We have interested underwriters who can provide a very competitive open ocean cargo policy with broad conditions and very low rates.
The Arc Otsego/Creekside Industries
Creekside Industries is committed to providing the highest quality services through our skilled and dedicated employees, while striving to help our customers become leaders in their respective industries. We provide a work environment where our employees can meet their potential and grow personally and professionally, strive to be the industry standard in service to our customers, and maintain a superior level of integrity in interactions with our business partners.
Workforce Development Institute
The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers to succeed in the workforce while earning family-sustaining wages. We use a range of tools including “boots on the ground” information, workforce expertise, data analysis, and flexible funding to facilitate projects that help labor unions, employers, educational institutions, and other workforce partners think and act differently regarding hiring, training, educating, and retaining an inclusive and productive workforce.
The Herkimer Generals athletic program began with five sports in 1970, under the direction of Tom LaPuma, and has grown to 20 varsity and two junior varsity offerings. With its growth has come great success with 65 NJCAA national championships, 130 Region III titles, 171 conference championships and 31 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards. The College has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful junior college athletic programs, referenced by many as “The Home of the Champions.”
Rock City Development, LLC
SUNY System Administration
SUNY is the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the US with 64 campuses across NY including community colleges and technology colleges, comprehensive colleges and doctoral institutions (R1 research universities, medical centers and specialized institutions). More than 95% of New Yorkers live within 30 miles of a SUNY campus. SUNY serves about 1.4 million students per year through programs, continuing education, and community outreach. Still we strive to do more. SUNY microcredentials are smaller credentials that provide earners with immediate workforce ready skills and a pathway to additional credentials; perfect for upskilling incumbent workers or supporting new worker pipelines. Visit www.suny.edu/microcredentials!
Evolution Prototype & Production LLC
Evolution Prototype & Production LLC provides quality Polyurethane, Epoxy, and Silicone castings without the need for expensive steel or aluminum tooling. We make production parts for specialty vehicle, and medical device manufacturers and prototype parts for various other consumer product manufacturers. Whether you are a sole proprietor or a Fortune 500 corporation we will be happy to discuss your needs.
Gehring Tricot Corp is a leading US manufacturer of warp knits, circular knits and stretch woven fabrics. Founded as Gehring Textiles in 1946 as a family-owned and operated business, it remains so today. GTC is a vertical operation with manufacturing facilities in NY, MA and FL that emphasizes quality control, innovation, precision manufacturing, hands-on technical assistance and premiere customer service while providing an ethical, family-like, safe work environment; most particularly in today's health climate. GTC has been supplying custom engineered solutions to meet a variety of industry needs including those in medical, sports, safety, aerospace, apparel and defense industries. GTC is a forerunner in the textiles industry.