New York State’s food, beverage and agriculture ecosystem are coming together for a Mohawk Valley event that’s something to crow about.

Vitality in the Valley is where NYS companies in these industries will connect with each other, and with resources that can help them grow.

June 4-5, 2024


Herkimer College
100 Lou Ambers Drive
Herkimer, NY 13350


June 4, 2024 - Day One

  • 3:00 PM
    Exhibitor Setup Begins
  • 5:30 PM
    Networking Reception

June 5, 2024 - Day Two

  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Event Begins

    Welcome Addresses & Sponsors

    • Dr. Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)
    • Bill McDonald – Herkimer College
    • John Piseck – Herkimer IDA
    • Dr. Scott Ferguson – SUNY Cobleskill
    • Tim Thomas – MVCC
  • 9:00 AM
    Morning Keynote

    Paul Guglielmo
    Craft Cannery

  • 9:30 AM
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 11:00 AM
    Panel Breakout
    • Catharine Young, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
    • Denise Quinn, USDA
    • Michael Tucker, Long Island Food Council
    • Dan Voce, FX Matt Brewing Company
  • 12:00 PM
  • 12:45 PM
    Lunch Speaker
  • 1:15 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 3:00 PM
    Event Ends


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Advanced Institute for Manufacturing

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Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) provides 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 creation of jobs; and workforce development. Our goal is to help businesses achieve the highest level of organizational success.

Alfred University CACT

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Alfred University and the New York State College of Ceramics’ Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) links firms to a unique skill sets to solve challenges addressing a wide range of analytical needs and applied research focused on technical ceramics and glass science. CACT provides cost-share for programming with New York State companies – large and small – through our annual operating contract with New York State’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Whether it’s a short-term analytical testing project, a long-term research & development program, or internship opportunities, CACT seeks to lower development costs and help ensure faster time to market for technical ceramics and glass technology.

B-Blossom Catering

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B-Blossom is a gourmet food company, we believe in the transformative potential of food, we develop recipes that embrace the power of plant base food, prioritizing sustainability and organic ingredients. By sourcing locally and supporting regional farmers we ensure the highest quality and freshness.

Clarkson University – CAMP

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Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) supports companies interested in understanding and exploiting state-of-the-art, advanced, tailor-designed materials and processes to improve their products, solve manufacturing challenges, increase yield, lower costs and foster innovation. CAMP’s research combines applied science with innovation and engineering to transfer unique solutions from the lab into practical applications.

Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)

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The CCMR advances, explores, and exploits the science
and engineering of advanced materials through the
study of materials at the nanoscale. The CCMR’s
facilities enable materials synthesis and preparation,
analysis, testing and characterization. Access to Cornell
materials science experts is available through the
grant-based Industrial Partnerships Program. Industrial
projects can receive matching funds to support projects,
instrument usage and student internships.

Craft Cannery

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Craft Cannery is a contract manufacturer of bottled liquid condiments (sauces, dressings, etc) specializing in small to mid-size production runs of as much as 1,000 gallons per run and famous for our “no minimums” ability to run micro batches.

Empire State Development

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The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.
To support our economic development mission, ESD:
• Invests strategically in infrastructure, innovation, place-making and revitalization, tradable sectors and workforce development;
• Promotes equality of economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses (“MWBEs”);
• Provides early-stage support for new ventures, including the research and development of new technologies; and

Empire State Development, NYSTAR

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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. The state also offers other innovation development support resources, including financial incentives, to foster university collaboration, research and innovation.

Gehring Textiles

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Gehring 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 and MA that emphasizes quality control, innovation, precision manufacturing, hands-on technical assistance and premiere customer service while providing an ethical, family-like, safe work environment. GTC has been supplying custom engineered solutions to meet a variety of industry needs including those in the medical, sports, safety, aerospace, apparel and defense industries. GTC prides itself in being a forerunner in textiles manufacturing able to engineer custom solutions.

Giotto Enterprises

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Giotto Enterprises is a group of seven companies united by common ownership, which provides consistent manufacturing leadership, quality and value for the fiber-optic industry. The “flagship” company of Giotto Enterprises is Fiber Instrument Sales, Inc., established in 1985 and located in Oriskany, NY. In total, Giotto Enterprises employs more than 400 people here in the greater Utica-Rome-Herkimer area.

From fiber optics to injection molding and precision manufacturing to metal fabrication, the synergistic value of Giotto’s affiliate companies’ expertise and unmistakable dedication to quality has earned the organization the reputation of being “a key solution provider” across the globe.


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
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
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
Dr. Ferguson has experience teaching a variety of Business and Management courses. He is a multi-faceted professional, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive who has over twenty years of leadership experience managing up to 25 direct reports and $10M+ in budgets. More...
Dr. Scott Ferguson
Chief Economic Development Officer, Executive Director, The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill
Former state Senator and a longtime champion of food and agriculture enterprises and economic development, is the Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. Read More...
Catharine Young
Director, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
Paul "Pauly" Guglielmo is the CEO of Craft Cannery, a small to mid sized contract manufacturer in Rochester, NY specializing in sauces and focused on ensuring that regional brands and start-up entrepreneurs not be burdened with the high minimum order quantities often required of larger co-packers. More...
Paul Guglielmo
CEO, Craft Cannery
Denise Quinn is a Business Programs Specialist for USDA Rural Development. Denise lives in Adams, NY just 3 miles from Lake Ontario with her husband and two children. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego. Read More >
Denise Quinn
Denise Quinn, Business Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development
Michael is the president of the Long Island Food Council, dba NY Food Council. Read More...
Michael Tucker
President, Long Island Food Council



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