CI Newsletter December 2, 2021

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The Bi-Weekly Newsletter of the Council of Industry
December 2, 2021

Manufacturing Industry News

Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon Keynotes Council of Industry Annual Luncheon November 19 in Poughkeepsie
Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner, spoke on the state’s pandemic response and her department’s efforts to close the skills gap and innovate its workforce development programs.  
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Champions Honored
The 2020 Manufacturing Champions were recognized at the Council of Industry luncheon.
For the 2021 Manufacturing Champions Award The Council of Industry decided to recognize EVERYONE who works in our sector for the sacrifice, courage, and resilience displayed during the height of the pandemic.
Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership Recipients Recognized
Congratulations to recipients of the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership for Fall 2020 through Spring 2021:
Jason Rury, Ametek Rotron
Daniel Marks, Arconic Fastening Systems
Bernice Ennist, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Hector Lanzo, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Mark McDermott, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Craig Meltzer, Chemprene, Inc
Sean Butler, Chemprene, Inc.
Lou Ponessi, Eastern Alloys Inc. 
Scott Ziesmer, eMagin
Chris Patterson, George H. Swatek, Inc.
Terek Daniels, George H. Swatek, Inc.
Dawn Titka, GlobalFoundries Inc.
Lori Childress, GlobalFoundries Inc.
Richard Burda, GlobalFoundries Inc.
John Ferraro, Howmet Aerospace
Peter Demertzis, Howmet Aerospace
Aaron Beojekian, JBT Corporation 
Justin Carratelli, JBT Corporation
Peter DiCapua, JBT Corporation
 Bruce Hard, MPI, Inc.
Eric Calogerakis, MPI, Inc.
Kurt Brutting, MPI, Inc.
Eduardo Cruz, Orange Packaging
Tomas Sanoja, Orange Packaging
John (Jack) Duffy, PK-30 System
Matthew Salewski, PK-30 System
Zachary Carey, PK-30 System
Jordan Podwal, Selux Corporation
AJ Pualani, Selux Corporation
Jennifer Kennedy, Unshattered
Jason Quick, Viking Industries Inc.
Robert Aquino, Viking Industries Inc.
Ginny Palladino, Zumtobel Lighting Inc.
Morgan Rusk, Zumtobel Lighting Inc
Brendan French, Zumtobel Lighting Inc
Timothy Ruger, Zumtobel Lighting Inc
Expo Highlights Member and Associate Members
The Council of Industry extends sincere thanks to all who attended the Luncheon & Associate Member Expo. This event would not have been possible without the support of our members and sponsors! We would like to thank all of our participants for their involvement. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's luncheon!
2021 Hudson Valley Manufacturers Wage & Benefits Survey - Deadline Extended to Monday, 12/6!
The Manufacturers Wage & Benefit Survey is now ready for you to complete! Your participation provides great insight for your company, the Council of Industry and your peer organizations. The survey is co-sponsored by Rose & Kiernan and Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions.
Full results are only available to participating companies.
Council members should have received an invitation to participate via email.
Through your participation, we will learn more about the local manufacturing industry. and you will have answers to an array of questions such as:
  • What are machinists earning?
  • What about industrial engineers or electronics technicians?
  • How much are you planning to raise wages in 2022?
  • What percent of healthcare premium do employers pay?
  • What do tuition reimbursement policies look like?
Benchmark your pay and benefits with other Hudson Valley Manufactures. Results also help the Council of Industry shape public investment in economic development and workforce development programs and other public policy issues.
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ITIF: How to Develop a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing
In comments to OSTP and NSTC, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation offered both high-level and practical recommendations on how to formulate a strategic plan for advanced manufacturing, including emerging areas of science and technology to focus on, R&D priorities,public-private and regional partnerships, tech transfer, workforce skills, the manufacturing supply chain and industrial base, and useful models to expand.
The “Made In America Holiday Gift Guide” from the Alliance for American Manufacturing
This is the eighth edition of the Alliance’s gift guide, and it shines the spotlight on more than 100companies from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The Alliance for American Manufacturing team worked hard to include an eclectic mix of gifts at a variety of price points, and to feature companies we haven’t included before.There’s something for everyone on your list. But if you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can check out previous gift guides and our Made in America Directory for more amazing American-made products. Happy Holidays!
“Sweat Equity”– How a Little Effort Upfront Can Improve Your Collection of Foreign Receivables
by Ralph A. Bocchino, VP Commercial Loan Officer-International Trade-Valley National Bank
Increase your overseas sales! Dealing with Discrepancies! Get Paid Quicker!
We have all been through these seminars, and often walked away confused and bewildered. Exporters who are simply looking for ways to ship a product and get paid for it get barraged with a myriad of trade terms that each require their own seminar. I am constantly looking for ways to provide exporters with tangible methods of improving the collection of their foreign receivables.
After watching a popular Saturday morning Home Improvement television program, I observed similarities between a homeowner and an exporter. During a typical renovation,the program host walks the homeowner through the project and explains how to approach the various aspects of the remodeling. A term that the program host uses frequently is, "Sweat Equity". This term refers to how much effort needs to be put forth by the homeowner to save time and money. A successful remodeling project is always accomplished through the partnership of the homeowner and the program host that coordinates the project.
22 Emerging Technologies to Watch in 2022
The astonishingly rapid development and rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been a reminder of the power of science and technology to change the world. Although vaccines based on new mRNA technology seemed to have been created almost instantly, they actually drew upon decades of research going back to the 1970s. As the saying goes in the technology industry, it takes years to create an overnight success. So what else might be about to burst into prominence?
Empire State Survey Supplemental Questions on Supply Disruptions and Workforce
Supplementary questions in the November 2021 Empire State Manufacturing Survey focused on supply disruptions, expected changes in firms’ workforces, factors underlying the changes and recent trends in wages. With respect to supply disruptions, almost no respondents said that conditions had improved, whereas nearly two-thirds of manufacturers said they had worsened. Responses about the near-term outlook were only slightly less negative: just over half of manufacturers said they expect the availability of supplies to worsen further.
With respect to employment and hiring plans, a majority—56 percent of manufacturers—said they expected their workforce to increase over the next twelve months. Fewer than 10 percent of businesses anticipated declines in staffing levels. These balances are substantially more positive than those in theNovember 2020 survey, conducted in the midst of the pandemic, but are also a good deal more favorable than those in the November 2019 survey. A sizable majority of firms—60 percent of manufacturers—reported difficulty in filling positions.
Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing
Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they don’t expect a return to more-normal operations until next year and that cargo will continue to be delayed if COVID-19 outbreaks disrupt key distribution hubs. In Asia, COVID-related factory closures, energy shortages and port-capacity limits have eased in recent weeks. In the U.S., major retailers say they have imported most of what they need for the holidays.
Ocean freight rates have retreated from record levels. Still, executives and economists say strong consumer demand for goods in the West, ongoing port congestion in the U.S., shortages of truck drivers and elevated global freight rates continue to hang over any recovery. The risk of more extreme weather and flare-ups of COVID-19 cases can also threaten to clog up supply chains again.
Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business
In the auto industry, car companies are starting to unwind decisions made over decades to outsource key components to outside suppliers. The semiconductor shortage has scuttled output of millions of planned vehicles industrywide this year.Some car executives have said they are taking steps to get abetter handle on their chip supplies, a critical piece of the supply chain into which they have had little visibility.
The crisis is also driving deeper collaboration between industries with executives from both autos and tech working together to address challenges and introduce new products, especially as more car functions become more automated.“We need you, and you need us,” Intel Corp. Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger said at an auto event in September. “This is a symbiotic future that we are off innovating and supplying as the automobile becomes a computer with tires.”


Council News

What's Happening in Your Association

Upcoming Events

Best Practices & Continuous Improvement Course
Dates: November 14 and November 15, 2021
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online
Instructor: Joe Guarneri, Crossix
Cost: $240 individual attendee, $225 each for two or more from the same company, $375 for non members
In this workshop you will learn the concepts of continuous improvement and the methods used to identify and prioritize problem areas. You will use some of the basic tools used to benchmark, develop and implement quality and productivity improvements.
Included will be in class exercise and how to integrate a Continuous Improvement Process in your company.
 Some topics include:
  • Establishing a baseline
  • Identifying and prioritizing problems
  • Application of Qualitative and Quantitative Analytical Tools
  • Five Step Continuous Improvement Cycle, the Deming cycle, Basic Lean Principles and elements of Six Sigma
Positive Discipline and Motivation Course
Dates: January 11 and January 12, 2021
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online
Instructor: Rebecca Mazin, Recruit Right
Cost: $240 individual attendee, $225 each for two or more from the same company, $375 for non members
This class combines two topics for an interesting perspective on leadership and impact in the workplace; employee motivation and discipline. The foundation for effective supervisory relationships is understanding what motivates employees. Too often managers give up and say, “They just aren’t motivated.” The next common steps are to tolerate a difficult situation or seek ways to get the employee fired, or at least transferred.
Beginning with an understanding of motivation leaders can identify motivators and work to eliminate those things that get in the way; potential de-motivators.
Understanding motivation and building a strong relationship makes coaching conversations easier and more successful. Using a framework for coaching, the GROW Model, coaching conversations will be more consistently on target. Coaching is an essential tool but when applied correctly and results don’t change, or when serious rule infractions occur, managers and supervisors need to go to the next step of disciplinary action. Participants leave the session with core skills and techniques to enhance leadership effectiveness.
The Biden NLRB:What Employers Need To Know About the Current Labor Relations Climate
Presented by Jackson Lewis
Dates: December 17, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Online
Cost: Free for Members
Recent changes to the National Labor Relations Board signal a policy shift that will affect both unionized and union-free employers. The NLRB’s General Counsel has called for “vigorous enforcement” of employee rights, and new and unique remedies to punish employers for unfair labor practices and during union organizing drives. The pending infrastructure bill and other legislation would assist unions in organizing and collective bargaining, and add penalties such as monetary damages for NLRA violations. The NLRB’s recent initiatives support the Biden administration’s commitment to promote union organizing.
On December 17, 2021, the Council of Industry will host attorneys Thomas McDonough and Robert Guidotti from Council Associate Member Jackson Lewis PC as they address the changes to labor laws and procedures proposed by the NLRB and pending legislation, and their effect on manufacturing employers who are already dealing with a difficult business climate. Tom and Rob will also discuss steps for employers to protect themselves and remain compliant in a challenging labor relations environment.

The Manufacturing Matters Podcast

Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Stephen Delillo
In this episode Harold King speaks with Stephen Delillo, General Manager at Belfor Property Restoration.
Belfor is the North American leader in integrated disaster recovery and property restoration services. With more than 100 full-service offices in the U.S., they are positioned to respond to almost any disaster – large or small – coast to coast. A proven track record of superior response and unmatched resources has made BELFOR the contractor of choice for damages caused by fire, water, wind or other catastrophes.
Harold talks with Stephen about the property restoration and disaster recovery industry including the types of career, the business model and what it is like to meet people when they are living thorough a terrible life experience.