CI Newsletter February 2, 2021

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The Bi-Weekly Newsletter of the Council of Industry
February 2, 2022

Council of Industry Updates

What's Happening in Your Association

Submit Your Manufacturing Champions Award Nominations
Ashworth Creative
The Council of Industry is seeking nominations for the Manufacturing Champions Award.
This award is presented annually to 3 individuals and 1 organization in both the private, public and education sector.
Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2022. All nominations will be reviewed and winners will be selected by the Council of Industry Board of Directors.
To nominate an individual or organization for the award(s) please click the link below, complete the form and return to Harold King.
Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership Courses Begin February 16th *Early Bird Discount!*
For over 25 years, The Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership program has offered attendees a range of leadership skills through concentrations of courses. Participants who complete the required courses are presented with the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership by the Council of Industry.
All courses are interactive half-day sessions (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) with scheduled breaks, networking, and group discussions. These courses are offered online and require participants to have a working webcam and audio.
Contact Johnnieanne or call
(845)-565-1355 for early bird discount information.
Spring HV Mfg Magazine in the Works – Advertising Opportunities 
Each issue includes articles showcasing local manufacturers, including a company profile, Q&A with industry leaders, and information for and about Hudson Valley manufacturing. 
The HV Mfg Spring 2022 Issue will feature the Member Directory, which includes company listings and brief description of their products and services. Become a member now to help show your support of Hudson Valley Manufacturing.
See our ad chart or contact Johnnieanne Hansen with questions or call (845)-565-1355.
Place your ad in the Spring 2022 edition of
Publication Date:
April 2022
Reservation Deadline:
Ads Due:
For information on advertising in this and other CI publications
contact Harold King ( for more information

Manufacturing Sector News

Automation, AI Gain Ground in Manufacturing, Logistics
Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence have matured at the right time to become more widely adopted in manufacturing and logistics operations, writes Jen A. Miller. These technologies can free up human workers for other tasks while building supply chain resiliency.
Metaverse ‘Arms Race’ – The Industry Could be Worth Trillions
For those who thought Facebook’s Meta rebrand was mainly an effort by the embattled tech company to change the subject this piece in Fortune magazine shows there’s something bigger at work. Proof point one was last year’s IPO of the gaming platform Roblox at an astounding valuation of $41 billion. Proof point two was Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard for an even more eye-popping $68.7 billion. Roblox founder David Baszucki insists it’s not just about gaming. “This is bigger than play. This gets into learning and working.” The folks at Goldman Sachs seem to agree, calling it “an $8 trillion market opportunity.”
Small Manufacturers Pursuing State Tax Cut
New York’s manufacturing industry has been resilient during the pandemic, despite supply chain issues that have created capacity issues. Manufacturers Association of Central New York President, and Chairman of the Manufacturers Alliance of New York, Randy Wolken discusses changes to the state tax code and federal investments that could help grow the sector in New York on the Capitol Pressroom. Passthrough tax breaks for manufacturing, will be a focal point of our advocacy efforts in Albany this year including at Advocacy Day March 9th.
Deadline Approaching for Real Property Exemptions 
March 1, 2022 is the deadline for filing for real property tax exemptions. Many real property owners qualify for real property tax exemptions, which may include exemptions for charitable, educational, agricultural, business investment, solar and other uses.
If you own commercial, manufacturing, business or industrial property that has recently been improved and is used primarily for the buying, selling, storing or developing goods or services, the manufacture or assembly of goods, or the processing of raw materials, you may be entitled to the real property tax exemption provided by Real Property Tax Law section 485-b. 
Manufacturers Are Adjusting to COVID Breakthroughs 
Every Monday night, senior leaders at RPM International gather virtually to review one of their company’s most important metrics: the global number of COVID-19 cases. managers spend anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours analyzing case counts and tailoring their safety strategies.
It’s an operational step the Fortune 500 company implemented in 2020 and can’t afford to skip: After all, says CEO Frank Sullivan, a manufacturer doesn’t have the option to tell employees to work from home. So when Omicron hit, RPM was ready. While it hasn’t avoided the effects of the highly infectious variant—as recently as Dec. 30, RPM had to close a plant in Colorado for 24 hours—the ripple effects in its workplaces have been manageable. Since the pandemic began, RPM has lost about 1,000 manufacturing days because of COVID-related shutdowns and closures. But it has lost only two since Omicron was first detected in the U.S. in early December. “It’s not that we don’t have problems every day, but we’ve learned how to operate,” Sullivan says.
Woodstock Apothecary Secures Contracts with Insurers to Provide At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits 
Woodstock Apothecary, leaders in the local efforts to contain COVID-19, were able to source numerous at-home test kits and secure contracts with a number of the insurances to get these to folks at no charge as part of the Federal response to Omicron. If you would like to learn how you might be able to secure up to 8 tests per month per covered family member of the FlowFlex brand, contact Neal Smoller Test kits are also available for purchase for those without coverage. 


Upcoming Events

Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership (CML) Program
For over 25 years, the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership program has offered attendees a range of leadership skills through a series of concentrated courses.
Participants who complete the required courses are presented with the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership by the Council of Industry.
Full program registrants are required to participate in Orientation Kickoff (Feb. 16th).
Dates: February 16 to June 16, 2022
Location: Online
Cost: Individual Attendee: $1,825
Two or More Attendees: $1,725
Single Course Registration:
Individual Attendee: $250
Two or More Attendees: $225
Fundamentals of Leadership Incl. DiSC Profile: Individual Attendee: $450
Two or More Attendees: $400
  • Orientation-Feb. 16
  • Fundamentals of Leadership-Feb, 22, 23 and March 2
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making-March 9, 10
  • Effective Business Communication-March 23, 24
  • Human Resource Management Issues-April 6, 7
  • Effectively Managing Risks for Supervisors-April 20, 21
  • Best Practices & Continuous Improvement-May 3, 4
  • Making a Profit in Manufacturing-May 18, 19
  • Positive Motivation & Discipline-June 1, 2
  • Leadership Capstone & Industry Panel-June 15, 16
Manufacturing Lobby Day
The Council of Industry and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York invite you to save the date for this year's Manufacturing Advocacy Day taking place on March 9th from 8AM - 1 PM.
The event will begin at the Fort Orange Club at 
110 Washington Ave, Albany. 
We are planning on holding this event in person to meet with our state legislative leaders on issues such as energy, taxes, labor, and workforce development. 
Registration will be opening soon.
Please save this date and look out for future event emails.  
Approximately 17% of Pine Bush High School June graduates plan to pursue a career in the skilled trades after they graduate. In support of graduating senior, PBHS is looking to connect them with companies/organizations like yours. On March 15 and 17, PBHS will host career events pertaining to the manufacturing field.
If you are interested in sending a representative to Pine Bush High School to interview potential future employees at this career event, please RSVP by emailing Aaron Hopmayer prior to February 18.
Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing/Welding:
March 15 Time requested: 12 to 3 p.m.
Transportation/Auto Body/Auto Mechanic
March 17 Time requested: 12 to 3 p.m.

The Manufacturing Matters Podcast

Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Kevin Brewster
No two careers in manufacturing are the same. In the case of Kevin Brewster, President of Brewster Machinery a start in a small machine shop in Connecticut has led him on a path to owning his own used equipment auction and Appraisal business. A journey that has given him insights into the many issues facing manufacturer from workforce development to international competition tax policy and more. 
Harold talks with Kevin about the used machinery business as well as his project management and appraisal work.  They also discuss Kevin’s deep-rooted passion and commitment to manufacturing and manufacturing workforce development.