advanced manufacturing

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker marked 50 days in office today.  Baker was the keynote speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, where 800 business and community leaders from throughout the Pioneer Valley gathered.

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For the third straight year, Massachusetts has included Berkshire Community College in its Amp It Up! advanced manufacturing grant program.

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Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to negative-3.6 in December from 10.2 the previous month. Any figure below zero indicates contraction.

Factories in the state may be slowing after a rapid run-up in business in the fall. The index reached a five-year high of 27.5 in September.

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SUNY New Paltz Adds Engineering Degree

Oct 18, 2014
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With the growth of advanced manufacturing in the mid-Hudson Valley and a shortage of engineers, a college in Ulster County is adding a degree.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today toured Fulton Montgomery Community College to visit a program focused on nanotechnology. The New York Democrat is advocating for STEM education among women and minorities.

Senator Gillibrand visited FMCC’s Center for Engineering and Technology, Electrical Technology – Nanotechnology program. She spoke with students about the importance of STEM education at a school that is geographically positioned between two nanotechnology hubs – SUNY IT’s Nano Utica and Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

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A study released today in Pittsfield, Massachusetts identifies manufacturing growth opportunities for a region that has seen job loss in the sector since the 1980s.

The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, or PERC, joined with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in its Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Study. PERC’s President Jay Anderson says the $70,000 study didn’t produce anything earth shattering.