June 6-7, 2023

Herkimer College
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.


  • 3:00 PM
    Exhibitor Setup Begins
  • 6:00 PM
    Networking Reception
  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Event Begins

    Welcome, Sponsor Addresses

    • Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)
    • Bill McDonald – Herkimer College
    • Tim Thomas – MVCC
  • 9:00 AM
    Morning Keynote

    David Casullo, CEO Rock City Development, LLC

  • 9:30 AM
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 11:00 AM
    Breakout Sessions
    • Workforce Development Panel
    • Industry Funding Panel
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1:00
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 3:00 PM
    Event Ends


As CEO of two startups – Daneli Partners, LLC dedicated to leader development, and Rock City Development, LLC dedicated to real estate development David and his partners have built and operate 10 businesses within these two entities, with 70 employees locally. more...
David Casullo
CEO & Author


Bill has served Herkimer College as associate dean of academic affairs for the Business, Health, Science and Technology division since 2017. Bill is responsible for the management of the division, including supervision and evaluation of full and part time faculty. More...
Bill McDonald
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Herkimer Community College


Everton's focus is helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, local colleges, and universities to advance innovation and technology. More...
Dr. Everton H. Henriques
Director of Manufacturing and Technology Initiatives, FuzeHub


Since 2007 Cory Albrecht has been assisting manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region through the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) Program as the Director of MVCC’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM). More...
Cory Albrecht
Director - AIM at MVCC


After serving on the Board of Directors for a number of years, and serving as Chairman for two, John was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency. More...
John Piseck
Executive Director Herkimer County IDA


Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin joined Herkimer County Community College in June 2015 as the institution’s fourth president. Dr. McColgin previously served as provost and senior vice president at Onondaga Community College. More...
Dr. Cathleen McColgin
President, Herkimer College


Steve Melito is the Senior Solutions Specialist for FuzeHub and the host of its NYS Manufacturing Now podcast. He also moderates events for FuzeHub and is a regular contributor to its print and digital publications. More...
Steve Melito
Senior Solutions Specialist, FuzeHub


With SUNY for over 20 years, she develops and supports the implementation of SUNY academic policy (applicable to all 64 campuses). More...
Cynthia Proctor
Director of Communications and Academic Policy Development, Provost's Office, SUNY System


Patty Rechberger is the Innovation Fund Manager at FuzeHub. Patty coordinates and administers activities under the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, from inquiries and initial submissions to reporting on metrics and program successes after project completion. More...
Patty Rechberger
Innovation Fund Manager, FuzeHub


As a member of the statewide leadership team for the SUNY Apprenticeship Program, she is coordinating more than $18 million supporting SUNY apprenticeships.  More...
Franca Armstrong
Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Community College's SUNY Apprenticeship Program


Ms. Dushane is responsible for oversight of all operations, including recruitment efforts, business development, complete P&L, and employee management. More...
Miriam Dushane, PHR, SHRM-CP
Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions


Cushman launched his technical career in 1984 as a development engineer with AMP Inc., in Harrisburg, PA, returning back to the Mohawk Valley some years later, where he has continued to hold key engineering management roles with a number of local companies. More...
Mark Cushman
V.P. of Organizational Development, Giotto Enterprises


He manages EDGE’s business outreach campaign to over 250 employers in the community, and assists in identifying and applying for various financial and technical resources, including through Empire State Development and NYS Dept. of Homes & Community Renewal. More...
Tim Fitzgerald
Vice President, Economic Development, Mohawk Valley EDGE


Ken is the Director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works which runs several hardware accelerator programs. More...
Ken Rother
Managing Director, eLab & Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, and Visiting Lecturer of Management, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University


Dan oversees a statewide team that works with over 1,000 unions, businesses, and other organizations annually to ensure they have the resources they need to provide skill training and quality career opportunities for the current workforce, and to create new jobs. More...
Dan Cullen
Director of Field Services, WDI


As a former chemistry faculty member at both the K-12 and community college level, in addition to his experience as an academic administrator over STEM programs, Tim has a deep proficiency in STEM education and labor-force development. More...
Tim Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer, Mohawk Valley Community College


Marcia manages Series Seed and Series A investments for the $150M direct equity fund. More...
Marcia Mitchell
Director, NY Ventures


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

Exhibitor Guide

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Expertise Project Benefit Corporation

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Herkimer Athletics

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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.”

Herkimer College

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Herkimer College provides a quality, affordable education with more than 40 degree and certificate programs available. Many programs are also available entirely online, along with support services.

Rock City Development, LLC

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We are a community focused development company specializing in business scaling, residential and commercial real estate, and leadership.

SUNY System Administration

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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

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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

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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.



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