Mar. 2017

  Catalysts For pro·ac·tive Companies


In 2016, approximately 46.7 percent of SMMs receiving services from Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers expect challenges in the next three years related to employee recruitment, up from 19.1 percent in 2009, according to a recent survey of MEP client companies. While employee recruitment needs have grown over the last seven years, the top two challenges remained the same - cost reduction and growth.  Read more.

MTEC specializes in technical and professional recruiting for SMM engineering needs.

A key buzzword in the manufacturing industry is 5S. So far we have highlighted the "Sort," "Set in Order," and "Shine" stages. Implementation of these steps results in a more optimized workplace. This blog series will explain what each of the 5S steps requires from a company.  Read more about the fourth step, "Standardize."

Every day manufacturing touches some aspect of our lives. Whether it's contributing $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, providing 12.3 million jobs across the country or serving as a major source of U.S. research and development (R&D), there is no denying the importance of the manufacturing industry. With our newly updated Facts About Manufacturing infographic you can learn more about these and other interesting data points.  View it larger here.

When vertical integration and R&D became too expensive to compete in the global market, much of this ability to improvise and innovate throughout the process was lost. Suppliers were, and are, under constant pressure to reduce costs yet maintain and improve quality.  Read more about the MEP and vertical integration.
Fuzehub Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, which prompts us to explore the status of women in manufacturing. From laboring in the mills of Industrial Revolution-era New England to working the factory jobs left behind by soldiers fighting in World War II, women's contributions to America's industrial success have been significant. Read more.

Industry News You Can Use

The Council of Industry has been the manufacturer's association for the Hudson Valley since 1910. They offer training programs, discounts on products and services, survey data, events, public affairs and advocacy. For more information visit

Frank Falatyn (FALA) and Dierdra Ryder (Vits International) meet with NYS Senator Sue Serino in Albany

This month's Council of Industry Newsletter takes a look at Lobby Day in Albany, what regulations came into effect last year and which regulations may get rolled back. We also have articles on OSHA injury and illness reporting and the I9 changes and much more. Read the CI Newsletter here.

As part of our new Food & Beverage Initiative, MTEC would like to introduce ourselves to Hudson Valley's finest food and beverage manufacturers. For all industry news, visit our Food and Beverage page.

Food Industry Interest is Growing in the Industrial Internet of Things

Upcoming Events

Date: March 30, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:00p.m.
Hosted by: Fuzehub
Location: Online

Attendees will learn what the MEP system is, how it works, and how it can help your business, the economic impact and structure of the NY MEP system, how FuzeHub connects manufacturers to resource, how Insyte helps manufacturers in Western New York, and how CEG helps manufacturers in the Capital Region


Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Hosted by: Cornell Center for Materials Research
Location: Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

The workshop provides an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the technical staff who manage the facilities; tour the labs; see equipment demonstrations; and discuss your own questions and concerns with a technical expert.

CCMR Symposium 2017

Date: June 16-17, 2017
Hosted by: Cornell Center for Materials Research
Location: Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

The speakers will highlight recent advances in the development of atomic membranes, a new class of two-dimensional, free-standing materials only one atom thick yet mechanically robust, chemically stable, and virtually impermeable. 

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