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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Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

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Since 1978, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) serving New York, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (TAAC) has helped more than 1,500 firms recover from the effects of foreign competition. The center has provided more than $60 million in assistance. If your company has experienced increased foreign competition, a decline in sales or production, and a decline or impending decline in employment, the TAAC may
be able to help you.

Trojan Energy Systems

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Trojan Energy Systems was incorporated in August 1991. Today, we employ more than 20 full-time and part-time staff in the sale and service of commercial and industrial boilers.
Our 8,000-square-foot facility is located in Troy, New York. We have more than 6,000 square feet of warehouse, a fully-stocked inventory of parts, general office space, customer parking, and state-of-the-art training room.
With more than 125 years of combined experience, Trojan Energy Systems is prepared to handle any combustion project, from small commercial boiler service work to large industrial boiler installations and annual preventative service contracts. We provide 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year.
Environmental impact.

Kwick-Kut Manufacturing Company

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Manufacturer of food choppers and kitchen gadgets

Glen Copack

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Glen Copack offers professional Food and Drug Administration approved food manufacturing and packaging services in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We provide technical assistance, sanitary production areas, a labor force trained to meet food safety standards, and can package and ship products all over the world. We specialize in bottling acidified and low-acidified foods and dry fill food packaging and labeling.

NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Ag

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The Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech (CoE) provides business development assistance to startups and existing companies in the agrifood sector to help them grow. CoE industry experts provide business mentoring and make connections to Cornell’s unparalleled research and services, in addition to business-to-business partnerships, sources of economic development funding, capital investments, and supply chain assets. The CoE is part of Cornell AgriTech, a globally recognized research, innovation and development hub that is essential to the continued success of the food and agriculture industries of NYS and beyond through scientific discovery and practical solutions that help growers and businesses thrive.

DeIorio Foods, Inc.

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DeIorio's is a pizza dough supplier, manufacturing premade frozen pizza dough, breadsticks, gluten free crusts, organic dough and more for over 9 decades.

CoArc Manufacturing

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Coarc Manufacturing was established in 1965 to provide employment training
and employment opportunities for disabled adults in Columbia County, NY.
It is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Coarc Inc., part of the statewide association, NYSARC Inc.

We would like to be added to your list of potential suppliers for:

Plastic Injection Molded Parts

Please visit our website at www.coarcmfg.com for additional information.

Thank you for your consideration.


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New York State offers resources designed to enable new and existing businesses to become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) programs and centers emphasize the importance of working with industry as a way to leverage New York State’s technology strengths to produce new products.

University at Buffalo, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

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The New York State Centers at UB - In Materials Informatics, Big Data and Health Sciences, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences support manufacturing industries in the materials, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals industries. The projects we support can range from alternative protein materials to agricultural waste products incorporated in insulation and other materials, as well as in more traditional areas. We are excited to meet the participants in Herkimer and learn how we can support your endeavors across New York State.

Mohawk Valley EDGE

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Mohawk Valley EDGE's mission is to strengthen and grow the Mohawk Valley economy. EDGE does so by providing a coordinated economic development program that can assist your business to locate, grow and prosper in Oneida County, in the center of New York State. EDGE is aligned with the six-county Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council region. EDGE helps facilitate both financial and technical assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs, and works to improve the overall community through site development and remediation, workforce alignment, and advocacy.



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