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Worn Out!

Worn Out! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you struggle with being worn out? Are you “out of gas” so to speak? If the answer is yes, you are...

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Great Jobs are Available for Skilled Workers in Manufacturing. How come many of those jobs remain unfilled month after month?

Great Jobs are Available for Skilled Workers in Manufacturing.  How come many of those jobs remain unfilled month after month? Read more to see how the challenge of finding skilled...

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MACNY’s Spring Training Brochure is Now Available!

Click the brochure image to learn more about MACNY’s Spring Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at dsindone@macny.org or 315-474-4201 ext. 24.

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What is Your Leadership Learning Approach?

What is Your Leadership Learning Approach? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Today’s competitive business climate requires that we never stop learning – both as an individual and as an...

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Join MACNY’s Fastest Growing Group – Individual Membership!

To learn more or to register for Individual Membership, contact Marisa at mnorcross@macny.org! For more details, click here.

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A Tale of Two Lives

A Tale of Two Lives By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I asked if you were willing to strive for significance. Some may wonder what I mean by...

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Auburn P-TECH’s Roller Coaster Challenge

Auburn’s 9th and 10th grade P-TECH students and Career Coaches had an exciting morning participating in a Roller Coaster Challenge on February 17, 2017 at Auburn High School.  The students...

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Six Reasons to Start a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

Six Reasons to Start a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Academics can provide the basis for teaching critical thinking but academics alone neglects the hands on focused skills training, which allow some...

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Featured Class: IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Application Specialist

IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) 3-Day Class Dates: Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day Location: MACNY Headquarters Cost: $...

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What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask?

What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the most powerful leadership question you can ask?  We all want to...

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Featured Class: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth April 13 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Live the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth and Reach Your Potential! Are there tried and true principles...

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Central Upstate Mfg. Magazine – Edition 4

MACNY is pleased to bring you the fourth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine. In this issue we explore the critical topic of careers in manufacturing and the critical need...

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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I mentioned last week that I would be traveling to our nation’s capital to see the sights with my son. It...

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Rockets Were Flying at ITC on 2/15

Rockets were flying high at ITC on Wednesday, February 15th. The twenty 9th-grade P-TECH students worked one-on-one with a Career Coach on a project called "Rockets to the Rescue." Students...

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Lean out your organization with 5S and Visual Workplace

5S and Visual Workplace  Are you interested in lean and wonder what to do first what will have an immediate impact? Why is 5S more than just good cleaning practices?...

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Looking to get your name in front of a large audience?

MACNY's largest annual event is coming up in just over two months! Join us for our 104th Annual Dinner on May 18th at 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse,...

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What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently?

What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What do 21st Century Leaders need to do differently to be successful?  This is a...

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The Hot Poker

The Hot Poker By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I was preparing to teach on John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  During my preparation, I was reminded of...

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Manufacturing Matters – March 2017

Please enjoy the March 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Page 3 | President's Message It's Time to Get Serious About Manufacturing Growth in New...

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Have you joined our leadership mastermind group?

Did you know that Individual Members have exclusive access to "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" Mastermind Group facilitated by Certified John Maxwell Team Coach David Freund? Here is what...

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New I-9 Form: Effective 1/22/17 – 8/31/19

On November 14, 2016 the US Citizenship & Immigration Services released a new Form I-9 (Rev. 11/14/2016 N) to replace the prior form which expired on March 31, 2016....

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Join MACNY’s Great Group of Annual Dinner Sponsors!

MACNY would like to thank the sponsors below for committing to sponsor our Annual Dinner. We hope you will consider joining this great group! For more information on Annual Dinner...

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Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus?

Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus? By: Randy Wolken President & CEO Why is it so difficult to get our teams to maintain focus? ...

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Featured Class: Change Anything®

Program Overview: Does it seem like you give the same performance feedback to individuals year after year with no improvement? Are your employees unable to translate performance feedback into action?...

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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I heard someone say that “there is no such thing as a thought that doesn’t have consequences.”  This statement caused...

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“Four-fifths of executives surveyed said that a shortage of sufficiently skilled workers will affect their companies in the next 12 months”

According to a survey of more than 400 U.S. executives, companies expect to hire extensively in the coming year to address anticipated growth. However, a large number of these companies, predominantly...

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Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2017 for Calendar Year Plans

Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2017 for Calendar Year Plans Each year, employers whose health plans include prescription drug coverage must disclose to the Centers for Medicare...

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MACNY Announces 2017 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Inductees

MACNY ANNOUNCES RAYMOND CURRIER & ARNIE RUBENSTEIN AS 2017 MANUFACTURERS WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Winners to Be Inducted to Wall of Fame at MACNY’s 104th Annual Dinner   MACNY, The...

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Why is “Love” so Looked Down Upon?

Why is "Love" so Looked Down Upon? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Why do leaders shy away from “love” in the work place?  Has it gotten too “taboo” to...

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P-TECH Event Recap: Roller Coaster Challenge at ITC

10th grade P-TECH students took over the ITC cafeteria to work with their Career Coaches/Mentors on a design challenge. Students were paired with Career Coaches and competed in designing a...

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Government Affairs Weekly Updates: Week of February 13, 2017

Workers Comp! Energy! Taxes! Come Join Us as We Educate Albany on Better Business Policy at the Manufacturers Alliance 2017 Lobby Day, March 1, 2017 Weekly Legislative Memo: Real Property Tax...

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer At first glance, you may think that I am referring to the book Charles Dickens wrote in 1861. While I am a...

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P-TECH 9th Grade Challenge at ITC

P-TECH 9th-Grade Challenge at ITC on January 27, 2017 The 9th-grade P-TECH students competed in a “Gumdrop Bridge Building Challenge.” Representatives from Ephesus Lighting were there for support and judging....

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Cindy Oehmigen Joins MACNY as Director of Energy and Corporate Services

MACNY is pleased to announce that Cindy Oehmigen has joined the MACNY staff as Director of Energy and Corporate Services. She will be a tremendous asset to both the team...

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Did you know?

Did you know that Individual Members have an all-access pass to all eight of MACNY's councils? Here's a sampling of some of our upcoming events in February and March: Safety...

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Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person

Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Have you ever wondered why change is so hard for us?  We all know people, at times...

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Ready, Aim, Fire!

Ready, Aim, Fire! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are you a person who has a propensity for action or inaction? I know that may sound like a strange question,...

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Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required (New York Times)

When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., over 10,000 people showed up to apply for 800 positions. Sadly, fewer than 15...

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Government Affairs Weekly Update: 2/6/17

Manufacturers Alliance Lobby Day: March 1 Weekly Legislative Memo Spotlight: Disclosure of Asbestos Trust Claims In the News: 'Buy America' Movement Has CNY Manufacturers Optimistic Holding Us Back? Regulation of...

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Next Solution Forum to be held in the Mohawk Valley on February 23, 2017

Sponsored by Fuze Hub and their partners around the state, Solutions Forums are half-day events held, regionally, across the state.   They provide a unique opportunity for small to mid-size manufacturers...

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You Can’t Beat Zero

You Can't Beat Zero By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Sustaining and growing manufacturing is a global competition. Here, in New York State, we need to be doing all we...

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Crucial Conversations®: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High

What is a Crucial Conversation? A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly...

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The Excellence Habit–Continued

The Excellence Habit – Continued By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we looked into habits and how they get started. I shared that Aristotle said, “To be excellent,...

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Available Now: February 2017 Newsletter

Please enjoy the February 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association!

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Join us for Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany!

New York State Manufacturing Lobby Day sponsored by the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State  Albany, New York  *NOTE: Register by February 15th to save $25.00! At this year’s Manufacturing...

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As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero?

As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you willing to be zero?  What do I mean by that? ...

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Zero Emissions Credits

MACNY members have probably seen recent articles in the press that describe Governor Cuomo’s agreement with Exelon Corp designed to keep the 4 upstate NY nuclear power plants operating.  This...

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The Excellence Habit

The Excellence Habit By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer So many times in my life I have tried to break bad a habit. In fact, I think I am always...

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Federal Programs for Manufacturers

Federal programs for Manufacturers From Exports to Energy, from Trade to Technology, and from obtaining government financing to securing government contracts; if it exists, the Federal Government probably has a...

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Is Individual Membership right for you?

MACNY's Individual Membership offering is an exclusive opportunity for individuals within MACNY's member companies as a way to stay more involved with MACNY while also developing professionally. Think of Individual...

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As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy?

As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of discussion in organizations around time management.  Time is certainly a precious...

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NEW CLASS: ITIL Certification

NEW CLASS: ITIL Certification "Great business performance requires great IT performance!" The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a collection of acknowledged industry best practices for information technology (IT) management. Unlike...

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MACNY is now collecting nominations for our 2017 Innovator of the Year Award!

MACNY is now collecting nominations from our collective membership for our 2017 Manufacturing Innovator of the Year Award, sponsored by Corning, Inc! This Sixth annual award will recognize the innovative...

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Personal Kaizen?

Personal Kaizen? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Most of us in manufacturing have heard of Kaizen events.  Kaizen is Chinese and Japanese for "continuous improvement." In manufacturing, Kaizen refers...

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NYS Dept. of Labor: New Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees

Even though a federal judge in Texas issued an order delaying the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime regulations, New York State has introduced its own...

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Compliance Check! Minimum wage increased on 12/31/16 – New wage poster required.

Effective 12/31/16, the minimum wage outside of NYC increased to $9.70 (see link below for New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County rates).  A new required poster is available...

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How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have?

How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of talk these days about having mentors.  I know of some companies that...

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New Manufacturing USA Institute to be Located at RIT

New Manufacturing USA Institute to be Located at RIT Below are two articles describing the new Manufacturing USA Institute to be located at RIT.  RIT, a MACNY member and strong...

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MACNY STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN SYRACUSE, JANUARY 11, 2017

MACNY STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN SYRACUSE, JANUARY 11, 2017 Statement below attributed to MACNY President & CEO Randy Wolken:  “Today’s State of the...

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It’s Hopeless!

It's Hopeless By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Marshal Ferdinand Foch, a French General, Marshal of France and the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War stated: “There are...

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ToolingU-SME: How is your company addressing the skills gap? Are you prepared?

Mission Critical: Workforce 2021 ToolingU-SME Based on five years of insights from their Workforce 2021 Assessment tool, ToolingU-SME, recently released a report detailing the progress being made towards addressing the...

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Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century?

Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders in this century will need to be different.  Why?  Because our emerging economy –...

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Get Organized in 2017!

Get Organized in 2017 with 7 Secrets of a Highly Organized Professional Program Overview: In order to remain competitive, highly successful and profitable companies constantly look for ways to get more done...

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Destiny

Destiny By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer What will 2017 hold in store for you? According to the dictionary, the noun Destiny means, the events that will necessarily happen to...

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Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year?

Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO It’s the Holiday Season and we are constantly wishing and hearing others wish...

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Disappointment

Disappointment By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Disappointment is defined as the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations. Disappointments are just a...

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Anything, Just Not Everything

Anything, Just Not Everything By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The lessons we learn are often found in the strangest of places. The lesson I would like to share with...

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MACNY’s Winter Training Brochure is now available!

Click the brochure image to learn more about MACNY's Winter Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at dsindone@macny.org or 315-474-4201 ext. 24.

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OSHA National News Release

Effective 1/17/17 - OSHA issues final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards and establishing personal fall protection systems requirements. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal...

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology would like your feedback.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) would like your feedback to help prepare a 2017 federal funding opportunity that will allow Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers and...

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How Should Leaders Deal with Anxiety?

How Should Leaders Deal with Anxiety? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO These are often anxious times.  In a fast-pace world, we can often feel like the future is beyond...

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Holiday Safety

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe...

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Beliefs

Beliefs By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever reflected on the power of your beliefs? Perhaps the first step is to define belief. A belief is the state...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Mastermind Group – Individual Membership Exclusive

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Mastermind Group - Individual Membership Exclusive Here at MACNY we are always searching for ways to provide more value to our Individual Members—especially in...

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Can Being Kind Be A Leader’s Competitive Advantage?

Can Being Kind Be A Leader's Competitive Advantage? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO In today’s fast-paced, global economy, can kindness be your competitive leadership advantage?  I, for one, think...

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Circumstances

Circumstances By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Writer James Allen wrote, “Circumstances do not make a man; they reveal him.” So often we hear people complaining about situations that they...

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Are You Limiting Potential Growth?

Are You Limiting Potential Growth? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders have a primary responsibility to advance the success of their team members and their organizations.  They can also...

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Good Hypocrisy

Good Hypocrisy By: David Freund  Could hypocrisy actually be a good thing? Could there be a benefit to a form of hypocrisy? For my entire life I have been told...

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It’s Thanksgiving–Well, Almost

It's Thanksgiving--Well, Almost By: David Freund Thursday will be Thanksgiving. For many of us in the manufacturing world, we will actually get a four-day weekend. How will you spend your...

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Are You Being Proactive Enough?

Are You Being Proactive Enough? By: Randy Wolken The question a leader needs to ask themselves every single day of every week is if they are being proactive enough.  In...

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Gratitude

Gratitude By: David Freund Have we lost the ability to be grateful? Have we as a nation lost perspective? Have we forgotten how truly blessed we are? My mom and...

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When Do You Feed Your Creativity?

When Do You Feed Your Creativity? Randy Wolken, President & CEO When do you take the time to feed your creative side?  The daily grind often leaves little space for...

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Time

Time By: David Freund Recently I have been having difficulty with time. I just never have enough of it. It seems that there is always way too much to do...

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MIPAC Announces 2016 Senate and Assembly Legislative Endorsements

Statewide Manufacturing Association’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsement of Pro-Business Candidates. MIPAC, The Manufacturing & Industry Political Action Committee and the political action committee arm of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association...

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MACNY Submits Comments to Public Service Commission on the Large Scale Renewable Program

Pursuant to the Notice Institution Proceeding, Soliciting Comments and Providing for Technical Conference issued on June 1, 2015 by the Commission, MACNY – The Manufacturers Association (MACNY) hereby offers its...

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MANUPAC Endorses John Katko for Congress

Syracuse, NY- MANUPAC, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York’s  Political Action Committee, today released a joint announcement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announcing their endorsement of John Katko...

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Are You Ready for the Industrial Internet?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Chart your path of growth.

Inspiration and insight designed to develop great leaders. Are You Living with Intentionality? Intentionality is one of my favorite words. In fact, my family and friends often tease me about...

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Are You Listening?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Chart your path of growth.

Inspiration and insight designed to develop great leaders. Growth and Leadership Development This summer I turned 55. By most people's opinions if I have not learned it yet there's not...

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Do You Recognize the Genius Around You?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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BIPAC Announces 2010 State Canidate Endorsements

Syracuse, NY- BIPAC, the Business Industry Political Action Committee and the political action committee arm of MACNY, the Manufacturers Association, today announced their 2010 candidate endorsements. BIPAC was formed in 1980 and...

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Energy Surcharges (18a)

Repeal Remaining 18-a: We supports the elimination of the yet-to- be collected Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (often referred to as 18-a). In 2009, when this temporary fee was...

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