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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Riverhawk Company, L.P.

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Riverhawk Company, based in New Hartford, NY, specializes in providing innovative engineering solutions for various industries. With a strong focus on precision and reliability, Riverhawk designs and manufactures a wide range of products, including couplings, hydraulic tensioners, and torque measurement systems. These cutting-edge solutions help optimize machinery performance, improve safety, and enhance operational efficiency. Riverhawk's dedicated team of engineers and technicians collaborates closely with clients to understand their unique needs and develop tailored solutions. With a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, Riverhawk Company continues to be a trusted partner for businesses seeking advanced engineering solutions.


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CCNY Tech is a VAR/Reseller of IT hardware. We are partners with several manufacturers. We also have a managed service division and can assist with consulting. Lastly CCNY Tech is R2 Certified and can assist with ITAD & e-recycle.


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In 1929, a determined group of citizens in Utica, New York pioneered advocacy in employment with a mission to assist the blind in achieving their highest level of independence. Now known as the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the mission is still relevant today.

CABVI’s emphasis on creating employment is supported by Central Industries and CABVI Services providing careers in manufacturing, kitting, packaging, sewing, fluid filling, warehousing, pick pack, call centers, and customer service. The proceeds from these enterprises help to support CABVI’s Vision Health and Wellness Center which answers the needs of ten counties in Central New York.

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Rochester Institute of Technology, and the university’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), Binghamton University, Clarkson University, Cornell University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a statewide reach. NYSP2I also works with the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)to help disseminate data and strategy. NYSP2I’s goal is to make the state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy through pollution prevention.

DikinDurt Distillery LLC

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DikinDurt Distillery is the first distillery in Herkimer County. Hand crafted spirits are made with NY State grown grains and local products from the Mohawk Valley.

C & H Plastics

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C & H Plastics is a custom plastic injection molding company that has been servicing its customers with high quality plastic parts for over 50 years. We can deliver on your requirements from start to finish utilizing our experienced design team, tooling shop, and our twenty high precision injection molding presses. We maximize production by running 24 hours per day, five to six days per week. We also offer secondary operations including but not limited to assembly, gluing, hot stamping, sonic welding and painting. C & H Plastics also specializes in color matching. Using our X-Rite spectrophotometer we can match your color and produce consistent, high-quality parts.

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc

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MVEDD is one of nine economic development districts (EDDs) and one of seventeen revolving loan fund grantees of the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), serving the counties of Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie.


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CNY Clear ERC is a family business that helps other companies and business owners receive what they truly deserve with ERC (Employee Retention Credit).

Our CNY team is headed up by Gabriel and Emily, two siblings, and their father Lee that have the same goal: to help businesses succeed.

With their combined knowledge and experience, the team at CNY Clear ERC are determined to guide businesses through the challenging but beneficial program that is ERC - let our experts do the work for you. We will complete a full evaluation for your company completely free with no contract!

Advanced Institute for Manufacturing ("AIM")

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AIM is a Mohawk Valley resource that can deliver statewide expertise through the NY MEP Network. Our mission is to provide small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region with training and technology development services that will lead to new product development; cost reductions; increased profits; retainment and create jobs; and workforce development.

NY Ventures, Empire State Development

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New York Ventures seeks to provide greater access to venture capital for industries, regions and individuals, including women and underrepresented entrepreneurs. Our goal is to build a robust startup ecosystem across NY state, leveraging public and private sector assets.

The state has devoted $100M –with an additional $35 million in SSBCI funding–to a direct investment venture capital fund that is actively deploying capital. NY Ventures also manages the $30 million Pre-seed / Seed Matching Fund Program to support high growth start-up companies at the earliest stages of development and the $102 million Emerging and Regional Partner Program Fund to support the growth and establishment of diverse and emerging fund managers.



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