manufacturing http://wrvo.org en What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy http://wrvo.org/post/what-upstate-ny-needs-do-stay-relevant-global-economy <p></p><p><em>The chairman of the worldwide accounting firm PWC, formerly called Pricewaterhouse Coopers, has roots right here in central New York. Bob Moritz is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and visited the campus last week to speak about the global economy. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Moritz about how those trends apply to the economic situation in upstate New York.</em></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:59:12 +0000 Catherine Loper 53868 at http://wrvo.org What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy Remington expansion plans causes concern in Mohawk Valley http://wrvo.org/post/remington-expansion-plans-causes-concern-mohawk-valley <p></p><p>When Remington Arms announced that it was going to build a new manufacturing and development facility in Alabama, people in central New York's Mohawk Valley became concerned their jobs were on the line.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even though none of the plant's 1,300 employees are expected to lose their jobs, lawmakers say more can be done to support the firearm manufacturer's operations in the village of </span>Ilion<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:28:15 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51686 at http://wrvo.org Remington expansion plans causes concern in Mohawk Valley Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit http://wrvo.org/post/labor-secretary-highlights-high-tech-manufacturing-visit <p></p><p>The United States Labor Secretary visited central New York Wednesday to announce a new workforce training grant program and to put a focus on advanced manufacturing.</p><p>Labor Secretary Thomas Perez went to the Fulton Companies in Pulaski and then on to the Center of Excellence in Syracuse. Perez, a Buffalo native, was promoting a $150 million workforce training program targeting the long-term unemployed.</p><p>"If we reduce that long term unemployment rate to the rates that it’s usually at after recessions, we could bring our unemployment rate down to the low fives," he said.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51626 at http://wrvo.org Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city http://wrvo.org/post/nano-utica-provides-spark-rust-belt-city <p>In the Utica area, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about nanotechnology, and the possibility that a major nanotech manufacturing facility will soon locate&nbsp; there. But what exactly is Nano Utica?<br /><br />On a chilly November morning, contractors are giving public tours of a construction site at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. But it’s not a classroom building or new dorm they’re walking around. The public is getting a sneak peak at something known here as Quad-C, the Computer Chip Commercialization Center.<br /> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:38 +0000 Vanessa Maines 50575 at http://wrvo.org Nano Utica provides spark in Rust Belt city Fulton's Birds Eye plant gets new life as poultry processor http://wrvo.org/post/fultons-birds-eye-plant-gets-new-life-poultry-processor <p>The former Birds Eye plant in Fulton is officially the home of a Pakistan-based poultry processing company which hopes to begin manufacturing products in the next couple of months.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:58:44 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49520 at http://wrvo.org Fulton's Birds Eye plant gets new life as poultry processor Chemical exposure at Goodyear’s Niagara Falls plant will impact workers for years to come http://wrvo.org/post/chemical-exposure-goodyear-s-niagara-falls-plant-will-impact-workers-years-come <p>“You know the guys used to joke to me, they’d be like, man Goodyear’s been good to you Harry. They gave you a wife, because that’s where I met Diane, you have a father-in-law that you worked for, and the other thing you got at Goodyear was bladder cancer so you know, you got everything."</p><p></p><p>We’re well into the holiday season, when I sit down with Harry and Diane Weist in their renovated farmhouse in western New York. Our conversation’s interrupted a few times by their little chihuahua, who likes to get in on the act.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:12:38 +0000 Matthew Leonard 49140 at http://wrvo.org Chemical exposure at Goodyear’s Niagara Falls plant will impact workers for years to come Remington Arms wins contract as departure rumors continue http://wrvo.org/post/remington-arms-wins-contract-departure-rumors-continue <p>The Mohawk Valley firearm manufacturer Remington Arms has won a contract worth nearly $50 million supplying the Philippine military. The contract comes amidst lingering concerns the factory will leave the state.</p><p>Remington will provide 50,000 R4 carbine rifles to the Philippine defense forces by the end of next year. Rep. Richard Hanna, (R - Barneveld), said the work on the rifles will be done in upstate New York.</p><p>The majority of the work will be done in Ilion, but parts may be sourced from elsewhere, Joseph Bolmarcich, who oversees contracts for Remington, confirmed.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:10:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47948 at http://wrvo.org Remington Arms wins contract as departure rumors continue N.Y. regulations like 'death by a thousand cuts,' say manufacturers http://wrvo.org/post/ny-regulations-death-thousand-cuts-say-manufacturers <p>The one phrase that kept coming up at Friday's New York State Senate hearing on regulatory reform in Syracuse, was "death by a thousand cuts." Manufacturers were the focus today as lawmakers travel around the state trying to identify regulations that are getting in the way of business.<br><br>One of the regulations State Sen. John DeFransisco called asinine at today's hearing, springs from the Wage Theft Prevention Act. Employers are required to provide employees with a yearly notice regarding their compensation, information that is already on their paycheck.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:30:15 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44484 at http://wrvo.org N.Y. regulations like 'death by a thousand cuts,' say manufacturers New York in the World: How one manufacturing plant survived http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-how-one-manufacturing-plant-survived <p></p><p>In 1975, the workforce in several major cities in upstate New York had more than 40 percent of their jobs in manufacturing. Today, that number hovers around 10 percent. There are examples of manufacturers and workers in New York state who have found a place in our new global economy, but not without sacrifice.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 42857 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World: How one manufacturing plant survived Advanced manufacturing sector asking for more workforce training http://wrvo.org/post/advanced-manufacturing-sector-asking-more-workforce-training <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year the U.S. Department of Labor </span><a href="http://www.innovationtrail.org/post/suny-awarded-146-million-job-training" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">awarded more than $14 million</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the SUNY network of community colleges in upstate New York to develop work training programs for emerging industries. But, nearly one year on, the advanced manufacturing sector is asking for more, pointing to the skills gap as an ongoing issue.</span></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:24:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39155 at http://wrvo.org Advanced manufacturing sector asking for more workforce training Former New Venture Gear plant may have new tenant http://wrvo.org/post/former-new-venture-gear-plant-may-have-new-tenant <p>The old New Venture Gear auto parts factory in suburban Syracuse could have a new tenant much quicker than county economic development officials expected.</p><p>A newly formed company called American Intermodal Container Manufacturing Inc. wants to use about half of the large factory to make shipping containers.</p><p>New Venture Gear concluded a long shutdown of its DeWitt plant in August. It once employed 4,000 people making parts for SUVs.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:33:42 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38932 at http://wrvo.org Former New Venture Gear plant may have new tenant Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students http://wrvo.org/post/program-aims-promote-manufacturing-careers-students <p>A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.&nbsp;<em> Dream it, Do it </em><em>WNY</em> educates high school students about the broad range of &nbsp;careers available in the industry. Fri, 10 May 2013 21:11:25 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37160 at http://wrvo.org Program aims to promote manufacturing careers to students Chenango County named latest foreign trade zone in N.Y. http://wrvo.org/post/chenango-county-named-latest-foreign-trade-zone-ny <p>In March, the federal government awarded Chenango County, northeast of Binghamton, foreign trade zone status. That means county businesses can import goods without paying a tariff. They also pay a lower tariff if those goods are sold within the United States and no tariff if the final product is exported. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:10:35 +0000 Matt Richmond 36335 at http://wrvo.org Auburn plant announces closure http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-plant-announces-closure <p>A manufacturing company in Auburn, N.Y. has announced it will be closing its doors by the end of 2014. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:42:33 +0000 Catherine Loper & Bethany Palmer 33673 at http://wrvo.org SUNY Adirondack, BOCES partner on high school program http://wrvo.org/post/suny-adirondack-boces-partner-high-school-program <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, serving the surrounding counties are partnering on a new science and technology program for high school students. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:00:12 +0000 Sarah Harris 33621 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand introduces bill to boost high-tech manufacturing http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-introduces-bill-boost-high-tech-manufacturing <p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced a bill intended to boost high-tech manufacturing. The Democrat from New York visited the Harper International company outside Buffalo to discuss the Made in America Manufacturing Act, which is her first bill to go before the new Congress. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:41:06 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 33248 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand proud of Remington, but says backing it is up to Cuomo http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-proud-remington-says-backing-it-cuomo <p>Firearm manufacturer Remington Arms is a part of New York's long tradition of manufacturing, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says, but using taxpayer dollars to make sure they stay in upstate New York is up to the governor. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:14:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 33224 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand proud of Remington, but says backing it is up to Cuomo Massachusetts motor company brings new jobs to Glens Falls http://wrvo.org/post/massachusetts-motor-company-brings-new-jobs-glens-falls <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New York Electric Motor Service, a small motor company based in Glens Falls, changed hands at the beginning of the year, and additional hiring is likely to follow. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:00:51 +0000 Sarah Harris & sAR 31913 at http://wrvo.org Sale of Rochester clothing maker Hickey Freeman finalized http://wrvo.org/post/sale-rochester-clothing-maker-hickey-freeman-finalized <p>The sale of the Hickey Freeman parent company was approved by the U.S Bankruptcy Court Wednesday. Authentic Brands Groups (ABG) and W-Diamond Corporation have been given the go ahead to purchase the intellectual and physical property of the company. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:02:55 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30842 at http://wrvo.org Schumer: 774 jobs will stay at CNY manufacturer after takeover http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-774-jobs-will-stay-cny-manufacturer-after-takeover <p>New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, announced this afternoon that more than 700 jobs will remain at a manufacturer near Syracuse despite the company's recent takeover. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:32:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30702 at http://wrvo.org Innovate it here & make it here, say manufacturing experts http://wrvo.org/post/innovate-it-here-make-it-here-say-manufacturing-experts <p>Closing the gap between innovation and commercialization is the key to boosting the national economy. That is one of the messages at a manufacturing summit being held in Rochester this week.&nbsp; Industry leaders say economic growth triggered by American ideas needs to be kept within the United States' borders. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:53:09 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30169 at http://wrvo.org Lockport GM facility goes green http://wrvo.org/post/lockport-gm-facility-goes-green <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">A General Motors facility in western New York has announced they are going green. The site in Lockport makes heating and air conditioning components for GM radiators and is the 103rd facility for the company to become landfill-free. </span><br> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:26:40 +0000 Kate O'Connell 29905 at http://wrvo.org Plastic maker breaks ground on expansion in Auburn http://wrvo.org/post/plastic-maker-breaks-ground-expansion-auburn <p>The walls on the 55,000 square foot expansion started going up a few weeks ago, but company owners and state and local economic development officials still gathered Thursday at <a href="http://currierplastics.com" target="_blank">Currier Plastics</a> in Auburn to throw some dirt around with gleaming shovels. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:59:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 29863 at http://wrvo.org Plastic maker breaks ground on expansion in Auburn NY Fed says job opportunities growing in high and low skill sectors http://wrvo.org/post/ny-fed-says-job-opportunities-growing-high-and-low-skill-sectors <p>A <a href="http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/current_issues/ci18-7.pdf" target="_blank">new report </a>from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing at both ends of the skill spectrum, but not in the middle.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:23:30 +0000 Kate O'Connell 26988 at http://wrvo.org NY Fed says job opportunities growing in high and low skill sectors Sikorsky Aircraft to close Big Flats plant http://wrvo.org/post/sikorsky-aircraft-close-big-flats-plant <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Connecticut-based helicopter maker Sikorsky announced on Monday that it will close its Southern Tier plant at the end of the year.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:49:37 +0000 Matt Richmond 26568 at http://wrvo.org Maffei calls for an end to free trade agreements http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-calls-end-free-trade-agreements <p>Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Maffei used the almost-empty former New Process Gear factory in East Syracuse as a backdrop to call for policies that he says would bring more manufacturing jobs back to central New York.&nbsp; Maffei says NAFTA-like trade agreements are one reason the sprawling complex that once employed hundreds of central New Yorkers is now idle. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:41:30 +0000 Ellen Abbott 26333 at http://wrvo.org Maffei calls for an end to free trade agreements Crouse-Hinds shows off new lab built thanks to state aid http://wrvo.org/post/crouse-hinds-shows-new-lab-built-thanks-state-aid <p>The governor said he had trouble following along with all the new technology on display at <a href="http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/crouse-hinds.html" target="_blank">Cooper Crouse-Hinds</a> in Syracuse, but he was certainly impressed.</p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo was given a close-up look at a new laboratory paid for with state aid at the 115 year old lighting manufacturer Friday.</p><p>Crouse-Hinds, which got its start making simpler devices like traffic lights, now makes lighting and electrical equipment suitable for harsh and hazardous environments.</p><p>In December, it won a $300,000 <a href="http://www.esd.ny.gov/BusinessPrograms/Excelsior.html" target="_blank">Excelsior tax credit from the Empire State Development Corp</a> to renovate part of its site and put in the new lab. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:45:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23643 at http://wrvo.org Crouse-Hinds shows off new lab built thanks to state aid GlobalFoundries announces $2.3 billion expansion http://wrvo.org/post/globalfoundries-announces-23-billion-expansion <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The massive GlobalFoundries computer chip manufacturing plant outside of Albany will soon grow even larger.</p><p>The company announced an additional $2.3 billion investment at its Malta site earlier this week.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:44:47 +0000 Marie Cusick 23367 at http://wrvo.org GlobalFoundries announces $2.3 billion expansion Made in China: New York politicians speak up about Olympic uniforms http://wrvo.org/post/made-china-new-york-politicians-speak-about-olympic-uniforms <p>The news that the U.S. Olympic teams uniforms will be made in China has stirred up New York&rsquo;s politicians and business leaders.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:33:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 22610 at http://wrvo.org Local labor unions rally to bring jobs back home http://wrvo.org/post/local-labor-unions-rally-bring-jobs-back-home <p>Local labor unions are calling for politicians to do more to stop jobs from going overseas and encourage companies to bring jobs home.</p><p>Local chapters of the United Steelworkers (USW) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a rally Friday afternoon outside the shuttered M&amp;K Candle factory on Syracuse&#39;s Northside. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:27:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22226 at http://wrvo.org Local labor unions rally to bring jobs back home