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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of...

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Are You Fit to Lead?

Are You Fit to Lead? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO I know this question may sound overly personal, but it is an important one.  Are you physically fit to...

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Energy Update

Energy storage capacity is the linchpin to making distributed renewable power effective.  New York is working on it.  Duke energy is investing in it-big time.

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Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions

Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Back in June, I wrote a post that was titled, But it was just a thought…or so I thought. In...

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Manufacturing Day at Gear Motions on October 5

Nixon Gear served as one of the host companies for the 9th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day in partnership with Partners for Education & Business (PEB) and the Manufacturers Association of Central New...

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November at MACNY

MACNY has a Fall packed full of wonderful events. Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of November! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. November...

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Congratulations to one of our member companies, Clinton’s Ditch who just celebrated 50 years!

Congratulations to one of our member companies, Clinton’s Ditch who just celebrated 50 years. The name “Clinton’s Ditch” originated as a slang term used to reference the Erie Canal that...

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Why Are 70% of Employees Not Engaged at Work?

Why Are 70% of Employees Not Engaged at Work? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Did you know that according to Gallup, a full 70% of employees are either not...

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Last Chance to Register for the Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast on 10/16

Last Chance to Register for the Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast on 10/16! Breakfast Agenda 8:00-9:00 AM: Registration, Legislative Breakfast, Meet & Greet with Elected Officials and Staff 9:00-9:15 AM:...

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Google, Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree

The economy continues to be a friendly place for job seekers today, and not just for the ultra-educated — economists are predicting ever-improving prospects for workers without a degree as well. Recently,...

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Rivers Not Reservoirs

Rivers Not Reservoirs By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Someone once told me that God created us to be rivers, not reservoirs. He will only give to us what he...

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Last Chance to Register for Live2Lead on October 26!

This is the last chance to register for Live2Lead on October 26! Registration will be closing on October 12. Please register by clicking HERE!    What is LIVE2LEAD? LIVE2LEAD is...

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MACNY is Looking to Hire a Director of Government Relations!

MACNY is looking to hire a Director of Government Relations! Do you know someone that would be a good fit for this opportunity with our organization? Please find the job...

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Good Leaders Increase Retention – and Outcomes

Good Leaders Increase Retention – and Outcomes By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Did you know that 1 out of 2 workers say they left a previous job to escape...

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New Class Alert! 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Live the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth and Reach Your Potential! Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow?  John Maxwell says the answer is...

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Is Your Capacity Increasing?

Is Your Capacity Increasing? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last May, I wrote about capacity and Marisa and I discussed it on episode 47 of The Next Page Podcast....

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Manufacturing Matters – October 2018

Please enjoy the October 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Click here to read online.

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P-TECH Update

P-TECH Programs in Mechanical and Electrical Technology Provide Summer Learning Experiences for Students The Syracuse and Auburn P-TECH Programs both offered the opportunity for juniors and seniors to participate in...

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A Focus on Customer Experience is How a Company Succeeds Today

A Focus on Customer Experience is How a Company Succeeds Today By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Every industry is being transformed by the expectations of customers.  Manufacturing is no...

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Solar for Residential

We are making big advances in solar for residential.  This successful installation was announced about a year ago.  As attractive as it is (at least in my opinion) there are...

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Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast Full Agenda Details Available!

Join us for our annual Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, October 16 at the Cavalry Club Breakfast Agenda 8:00-9:00 AM: Registration, Legislative Breakfast, Meet & Greet with Elected Officials...

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A Veteran’s Perspective

A Veteran’s Perspective By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently had the opportunity to sit down and interview my Dad for The Next Page podcast. What struck me about...

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Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the 2nd Annual Transformational Leadership Award! Due 9/28

This year we will again recognize someone as MACNY’s Transformational Leader Award winner for 2018. The winner will be someone who embodies character, commitment, courage, competence, initiative, passion, servanthood, and generosity. ...

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Syracuse P-TECH Student Learns Valuable Skills While Interning at United Radio

Syracuse P-TECH Student Learns Valuable Skills While Interning at United Radio.

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HR Update: Medicare Disclosure Part D Notices

Medicare Disclosure Part D Notices must be distributed by October 14, 2018.  Model Notice Letters as well as additional information can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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Energy Update

Sometimes ‘old news’ can be brought back and aligned with breaking news.  Energy storage is not a new problem.  Perhaps we can learn from and adapt some of the thinking...

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The Use of Degrees in Hiring is Changing – and it Will Continue

The Use of Degrees in Hiring is Changing – and it Will Continue By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our members continue to tell me just how hard it is...

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For Immediate Release: MANUPAC & U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Announce Endorsement of John Katko for Congress

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 20, 2018 CONTACT: Karyn (Burns) Gerling, MACNY, 315-474-4201, Ext. 13 or 315-317-3402 or [email protected] Stacy Day, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 202-463-5682 or [email protected] For Immediate...

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Council Agendas for 2018-2019 Now Available!

MACNY’s 2018-2019 Council season has officially begun! We hope our council members will enjoy this year’s programming. If you are not a council member and would like more information on...

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What is P-TECH anyways? Learn about more ways to get more involved with PEB!

What is P-TECH?  A program that creates individual pathways for students to simultaneously obtain their high school diploma, earn an associate’s degree, and obtain workplace learning experience. The P-TECH program...

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Are You the Smartest Person in the Room?

Are You the Smartest Person in the Room? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are you the smartest person in the room? If so, you are in the wrong room....

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Energy Storage and Production Methodologies

This article does a nice job of explaining a variety of energy storage and production methodologies for those of us who are not actively engaged in the industry.  It is...

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October at MACNY

MACNY has a fall packed full of wonderful events. Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of October! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. 10/2...

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Great Leader Behavior Matters – Just Ask Google

Great Leader Behavior Matters – Just Ask Google By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Companies are constantly challenged to perform at their highest level.  In today’s fast paced world, we...

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Are You Afraid of the Right Things?

Are You Afraid of the Right Things? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Back in July, I asked you What Your Fear Factor is. My email asked these two questions:...

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Strengthening the STEM Workforce Pipeline Through Outreach

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career outreach programs play a pivotal role in shaping the capabilities and makeup of the future workforce. Generally speaking, “STEM outreach” involves organizing events,...

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Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast – Register Today!

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New York State’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) changes for 2019

The Department of Financial Services has announced the 2019 Paid Family Leave benefit amounts and employee contribution rates. More information can be found by clicking HERE.

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Life is Hard – Be Kind

Life is Hard – Be Kind By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, we will encounter many people today who have serious concerns in their lives.  Most will...

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New Program Alert! The Metallurgy of Machining and Forming Processes

New Program Alert! The Metallurgy of Machining and Forming Processes; Instructor: Jim Beckman Hundreds of times each day we touch materials.  Plastics, metals, glass, and paper are all around us. ...

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Does Your Company Know About This Tax Credit?

The R&D tax credit could prove valuable for companies integrating automation.  Read more from Industry Week to help determine if you qualify.

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Episode 64: Have You Charted the Course?

  Episode 64 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing that as leaders, we need to chart the course for our...

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Episode 64: Have You Charted the Course?

Have You Charted the Course? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I love boats, and I love being out on the water. There is something about traveling on the water...

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9th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day on October 5

Partners for Education and Business, Inc. 9th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day is being held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Lockheed Martin in Liverpool, NY at 7:30 am. We would...

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Manufacturing Matters-September 2018

Please enjoy the Fall 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Click here to read online.

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P-TECH Update

From August 13th to August 17th, the Auburn P-TECH Summer Bridge marked the beginning of another new P-TECH class. The incoming freshmen P-TECH students spent the week learning about the...

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Manage Emotions First

Manage Emotions First By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Good leaders need to have good ideas.  They also need to be able to execute on them.  This is where managing...

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Save the Date for our annual Central Upstate Manufacturing Legislative Breakfast!

Registration is now open and you can register by clicking HERE!

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Don’t Forget to Submit Your Transformational Leadership Award Nominations!

This year we will again recognize someone as MACNY’s Transformational Leader Award winner for 2018. The winner will be someone who embodies character, commitment, courage, competence, initiative, passion, servanthood, and generosity. ...

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Episode 63: Are You Majoring on the Minors?

  Episode 63 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of teaching the principles behind policies--rather than nitpicking--and the...

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Are You Majoring on the Minors?

Are You Majoring on the Minors? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When you think about your relationships with others, are you majoring on the minors? As you think about...

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A 4-Day Workweek? A Test Run Shows a Surprising Result

A New Zealand firm that let its employees work four days a week while being paid for five says the experiment was so successful that it hoped to make the...

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Good Leaders Don’t Network

Good Leaders Don’t Network By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Networking is all the rage.  Open any self-help, business advice book and it will likely tell you to network.  Don’t...

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Episode 62: When Leadership Fails

  Episode 62 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of defining reality for your team in order to...

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When Leadership Fails

When Leadership Fails By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Lately, I have been thinking about leadership failures. I have failed so many times in my more than 30 years as...

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Join us at Empire Farm Brewery for Our Annual Council Kickoff!

Join us September 18th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual council kickoff reception at Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia for an evening of food, drinks, and networking. The...

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Thank You for Supporting our School Supply Drive!

Thank you so much to all of our members that donated school supplies to benefit the Hillside Family of Agencies! We had an overwhelming amount of school supplies donated, we...

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September Events at MACNY

Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of September! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. 9/3 - MACNY & PEB Offices Closed 9/5 - Advanced...

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What Does a Leader Do with Their Mistakes?

What Does a Leader Do with Their Mistakes? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We all make mistakes.  We all get it wrong.  It is a fact of life.  So,...

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Join us for Live2Lead 2018!

What is LIVE2LEAD? LIVE2LEAD is a leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You’ll breathe new life into your leadership during this...

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Episode 61: How to Influence Success

  Episode 61 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about a surefire way to improve your success. It's easier than...

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How to Influence Success

How to Influence Success By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                                             Have you ever thought about what it takes to be successful? Have you ever wondered why some people achieve...

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ACA Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2019

The IRS recently made changes effective January 2019 to the ACA Affordability Percentages as well as the HSA and HDHP limits. The IRS recently issued a Revenue Procedure to index...

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OSHA – 10-Hour General Industry Outreach 2 Day Training

MACNY is offering an OSHA – 10-Hour General Industry Outreach 2 Day Training on August 29 and August 30 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm each day. This program is primarily...

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NY’s Commitment to Going Green Evident in Tompkins County

More evidence of New York's commitment to green right in our Central New York neighborhood! Read more below about how Tompkins County is leading the way to enable practical use...

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Energy Sec. Perry, Rep. Katko say FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant benefits County and Country

Republican Congressman John Katko invited Energy Secretary Rick Perry to tour the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, more than a year after the facility could have closed.

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Take Scheduled Breaks

Take Scheduled Breaks By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In today’s hyper-fast and globally competitive world, it is easy to believe we have no time for rest.  We must keep...

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Free Training Opportunity with MVCC

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Episode 60: Reverse Inspiration

  Episode 60 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing what happens to us when we inspire others - aka the...

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Girls Coding Project camp in CNY

The STEM field has always been male dominated, but a new free camp in our region is trying to change that. The Girls Coding Project is aimed at teaching middle...

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Reverse Inspiration

Reverse Inspiration By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Years ago, when our children were still very young, several families from our church would take one Tuesday evening per month and...

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ITC Summer Bridge Program

From July 16th to July 26th, the Summer Bridge Program for the incoming 9th and 10th grade P-TECH classes were in session.  The Summer Bridge Program was designed to give...

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2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show

The 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show, IMTS, starts on September 10th and continues through September 15th, in Chicago, Illinois.  Read more to here for yourself the emerging technologies to be...

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Slowness Kills

Slowness Kills By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We have probably all heard the phrase that “speed kills.” In business, it is slowness that kills.  When the world is accelerating,...

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Curious about the value of cobots? Read on…

“It’s not robots that create value but humans working with robots which creates more value” Continue reading to hear more insights from Ebsen Ostergard the inventor of the cobot.

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Episode 59: Inspiration Point

  Episode 59 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of inspiring and encourage others. Are you being...

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Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer While listening to a podcast on my way to the office I was reminded of my favorite magazine that comes every other...

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HR Update: Background Checks

With the increase in instances of workplace violence, employers are doing their best to provide a safe workplace for their employees. One of those ways is by using background checks...

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NYSERDA Announces Procurement of Off Shore Wind

Intrigued by Cindy's newsletter article entitled, "How Can Less of a Good Thing Be Better?"? The announcement below from NYSERDA about procuring 800 MW of Off Shore Wind (OSW) is...

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Are you at Your Best?

Are You at Your Best? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Most of what a leader does is witnessed, not heard.  We go to meetings.  We interact with our teams. ...

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HR Update: Wellness

Are you trying to lose weight and thinking about trying to count calories? Read more for some tips provided by Brown & Brown Empire State. As with any weight loss...

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Episode 58: What’s Your Fear Factor

  Episode 58 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how fear could be holding your team back. If you like...

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What’s Your Fear Factor?

What’s Your Fear Factor? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever been so scared that you felt almost paralyzed? How about one of those nightmares where you tried...

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Continuous Growth is Synonymous with Continuous Improvement

Read more to learn about the growth of continuous improvement practices at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Toyota Material Handling, and our very own MACNY member company The Raymond Corporation.

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MACNY Congratulates the First Apprentices from NYC Department of Small Business Services Cohort!

From our friends at Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning... Teaming Up to Register Apprenticeships Congratulations to the 11 apprentices who graduated from the first NYC Department of Small Business...

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Edition 7 of Central Upstate Mfg. – Coming Spring 2019!

MACNY is excited to announce that the next issue of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine will be released late-March 2019. This annual magazine features our membership directory and content in the...

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Leadership and Ownership

Leadership and Ownership By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Owners just act differently.  We take care of what we own so much better than if we rent something.  When it...

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Episode 57: A Life of Fulfillment

  Episode 57 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing his views on what it means to live a life...

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August at MACNY

Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of August! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. 8/1 - Employee Defined Contribution Benefits Marketplace Webinar 8/1 -...

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A Life of Fulfillment

A Life of Fulfillment By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever thought about what it means to have fulfillment in life? Not success or happiness, but fulfillment.  My...

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Why was Ivanka Trump in Syracuse and What is P-TECH?

Why was Ivanka Trump in Syracuse and what is P-TECH?  P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology, is an innovative approach to education resulting in student and local economic success.  Locally, the...

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Leadership and Digital Distraction

Leadership and Digital Distraction By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We live in a connected world.  At one point, smartphones were a luxury for leaders and their teams.  Now, they...

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Episode 56: I Found My WHY!

  Episode 56 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing his personal WHY statement draft -- and how he got...

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Join us for Happy Hour!

Join us for MACNY's 3rd Annual Happy Hour! July 31, 5 - 7 PM Greenwood Winery, East Syracuse Come enjoy a drink, appetizers, and great networking! Individul Members: $10 MACNY...

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I Found My WHY!

I Found My WHY! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about one of the greatest WHY statements ever penned, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,...

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School Supply Drive to Benefit Hillside

In MACNY's continued effort to give back to the community, we are holding a school supply drive now through August 15th to benefit Hillside Family of Agencies. We are running...

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Great Leaders Focus on Relationships

Great Leaders Focus on Relationships By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The best leaders I have ever worked with knew how to form and maintain outstanding relationships. Sure, they were...

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Episode 55: We Hold These Truths

  Episode 55 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David and Marisa are discussing what a WHY statement is. If you like...

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We Hold These Truths

We Hold These Truths By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Today is July 4th, Independence Day. Have you thought about the impact of that day 242 years ago, when 56...

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Accelerated Apprenticeship Team Visits Crown Cork & Seal

Crown Cork & Seal opened their doors to our Accelerated Apprenticeship Team working in Tioga County.  Pictured are David Goodness from WDI, Martha Ponge from MACNY, Jennifer McCullough from Working Solutions in Rome,...

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Manufactuing Matters – Summer 2018

Please enjoy the Summer 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Click here to read online.

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FuzeHub: Digitize or Die

There is currently an ever-growing opportunity for digital content creation both for external and internal trainers. All manufacturing companies should be considering a blended-learning approach when it comes to training...

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Mentors Ask Questions

Mentors Ask Questions By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are you a good mentor?  Leaders at all levels of an organization need to be and have great mentors.  Leadership is...

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Featured Class: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – Presenter’s Edition

David Freund presents a new offering for MACNY – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - Presenter’s Edition.  This session will focus on presentation skills needed in your professional and personal life. ...

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Episode 54: Is Overcommitment Stealing Your Productivity?

  Episode 54 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing a scary first-hand account of what happens when we overcommit....

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Auburn P-TECH: End of Year Celebration

On May 24, the Auburn P-TECH program had their end of the year celebration for their volunteer Career Coaches.  The Career Coaches provided an important aspect of the P-TECH program...

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Is Overcommitment Stealing Your Productivity?

Is Overcommitment Stealing Your Productivity? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                                             Last week I shared what can be accomplished if we are committed to something. It sounds so good,...

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FREE Individual Membership!

New this year, MACNY will be providing one FREE Individual Membership to all of our member companies in order to further our commitment to helping both companies and individuals thrive!...

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Harvard Business Review: Developing Young Leaders

As more and more Baby Boomers retire, American Express and Johnson & Johnson developed programs to train young leaders in their companies. American Express has developed an Accelerated Learning Development (ALD) program that includes a three-day revenue challenge...

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What I Learned While Leading a Hot Meal Program for Those in Need

What I Learned While Leading a Hot Meal Program for Those in Need By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Recently our team volunteered at the Samaritan Center, a community-based hot...

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Episode 53: The Power of Commitment

  Episode 53 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to leverage commitment to achieve your goals. If you like...

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Auburn P-TECH: HR Interviews

The Auburn P-TECH freshmen and sophomores finished their second of two Human Resource workshops about interviewing skills on May 17th with interviewing skills.  Amanda Sroka from Xylem led the class...

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The Power of Commitment

The Power of Commitment By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last year I was encouraged to start a podcast. I found the idea interesting, but then the doubts came. Who...

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Engineers Make Parts Out of Sugar Used in Throat Lozenges

Read more about how manufacturers are taking existing technologies into new fields….

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Talent Economy: HR Analytics Trends

Analytics can be used to make business decisions, but analytics especially in the HR arena can help a company make the right decision when it comes to their employees. This...

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July at MACNY

Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of July! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. 7/4 - MACNY & PEB Offices Closed 7/11 - Employee...

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Savor The Special Moments

Savor the Special Moments By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Life will usually give us some special moments to savor – don’t miss them. This Father’s Day weekend, I will...

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Episode 52: In Your (Day) Dreams

Episode 52 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of allowing your mind to wander - it may just become...

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Girls Coding Summer Camp Presented by AT&T and CNY STEM Hub

AT&T and CNY STEM Hub Present: <Girls Coding Project> When (two weeks): July 23 - 26 & July 30 - August 2 Time: 9 - 4 PM Who: Middle and...

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In Your (Day) Dreams

In Your (Day) Dreams By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Many (many) years ago, when I was in school, I was frequently getting in trouble for daydreaming. Perhaps it was...

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People Are The Most Valuable Assets at On-Demand Manufacturer in NC

Most people think automation and high tech manufacturing eliminates jobs.  Read on to see why one NC based manufacturer says people, not their 3D printers, are their most valuable asset.

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It’s Time to Get Emotional

It’s Time to Get Emotional By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are like me, you were taught that leaders control their emotions.  Especially while at the United States...

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College Isn’t For Everyone and That’s Okay

A Bachelor's Degree is not always the answer. Isn't it also important whether or not you are happy with your job?

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Episode 51: But it was just a thought…or so I thought.

Episode 51 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the influence negative and positive emotions have on us -- and how to...

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But it was just a thought…or so I thought.

But it was just a thought…or so I thought. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The last several weeks have been challenging for me. I am usually a very positive...

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Central Upstate MFG. – Edition 6

MACNY is very excited to bring you the sixth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine! In this issue we explore the interesting and inspiring topic of how goods, services, and...

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Manufacturing Matters – June 2018

Please enjoy the June 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Click here to read online.

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Why Goal Setting Matters

Why Goal Setting Matters By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our world is moving fast – to the future.  It is a fact of life.  How are we to respond? ...

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Episode 50: Why Didn’t I Do It?

Episode 50 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing self-discipline and several tactics each of us can use to help gain more...

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Happy Hour at Greenwood Winery!

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Why Didn’t I Do It?

Why Didn’t I Do It? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are there things that you know you should do, but just don’t? Are there changes you would like to...

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In a World of Technology Growth, It’s Our Humanness That Will Stand Out

In a World of Technology Growth, It’s Our Humanness That Will Stand Out You will hear me and many others talk about the speed of technology growth.  It is a...

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Episode 49: Are You Learning Alone

Episode 49 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the power of finding learning partners and how learning is dramatically improved when...

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Are You Learning Alone?

Are You Learning Alone? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer John Maxwell’s Law of the Lid states that our teams and our organizations cannot grow beyond our level of knowledge...

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Are you missing out on a FREE Individual Membership?

New this year, MACNY will be providing one FREE Individual Membership to all of our member companies in order to further our commitment to helping both companies and individuals thrive!...

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Free this week only! Download Present-Future Leader Today!

A message from MACNY President & CEO, Randy Wolken: WHAT IS A PRESENT-FUTURE LEADER? In my new book, Present-Future Leader: How to Thrive in Today's Economy, I define the Present-Future...

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Portland, Oregon’s Ingenious Way of Producing Electricity from the City Water System

Read more below about how Portland, Oregon is using their city water system to produce electricity using gravity fed water from downhill water pipes.

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Special Announcement!

Are You Making a Difference? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Everyone I know wants to be making a difference – in both small and larger ways.  Are you making...

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Auburn P-TECH: Resume Writing Activity

On May 5th, the Auburn P-TECH Program students worked on resume writing to begin planning for their future entry into the workforce.  Lydia Patti Ruffini from Xylem prepared an extensive...

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Episode 48: Have You Found a Partner?

Episode 48 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the criteria of a true partnership. We all know that a journey traveled...

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Have You Found a Partner?

Have You Found a Partner? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Life isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright tough. Things often go much better when you have a...

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June at MACNY!

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of June! For the most up-to-date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events. 6/1 - "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" Mastermind (Individual...

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Financial Wellness & Physical Wellness Go Hand in Hand (Brown & Brown Empire State)

Financial wellness is just as important as physical wellness.  Stress caused by financial issues can affect your well-being as much as an unhealthy lifestyle.  Read more from our friends at...

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Where Does a Leader Turn for Help?

Where Does a Leader Turn for Help? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders need more help than ever.  What they are responsible for continues to grow as the environment...

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Episode 47: What’s Your Capacity?

Episode 47 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how making just a few adjustments in our lives can greatly impact the...

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What’s Your Capacity?

What’s Your Capacity? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A few years ago I purchased a new car and I am annoyed by its limited fuel capacity. I want a...

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Start your engines!

MACNY is excited to announce a very special appearance at our Annual Dinner, compliments of our gracious Reception Sponsor and new MACNY member, Watkins Glen International! Join us at our...

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Let’s Organize an Event Like this One in Central New York! Can We Count on You to Help?

Events like the one recently held in Western New York by our partners at MAST have had marked success in raising the awareness of careers in manufacturing.  Read more below...

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Manufacturing Matters – May 2018

Please enjoy the May 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Click here to read online.

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Culture Trumps Strategy

Culture Trumps Strategy By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Increasingly, an organization’s culture is more important than its strategy. At some level, this was always the case.  However, today it...

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IRS Update: Reduction to the Maximum Contribution Limit for HSA Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released, on March 5, 2018, a reduction to the maximum contribution limit for Health Savings Accounts (HSA) for 2018. The new limit for those with...

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Episode 46: Have You Outlived Your Usefulness?

Episode 46 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of stretching ourselves and living beyond mediocrity. If you like what...

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ICYMI: Virginia county’s ‘signing day’ celebrates seniors heading to jobs, not college (Today)

Most of us are familiar with "signing days" for college selection, but how about celebrating high school seniors heading directly into the workforce thanks to Career and Technical Education programs?...

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Have You Outlived Your Usefulness?

Have You Outlived Your Usefulness? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                             I was recently teaching a class on the “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John Maxwell for a...

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Registration is now open for MACNY’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament!

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PEB’s Annual Awards Program & 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join Partners for Education & Business for their Annual Awards Program and 25th Anniversary Celebration! PEB will once again recognize outstanding students, programs, partnerships, mentors, businesses and community members...

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Auburn P-TECH Job Shadows: Bo-Mer Plastics & Currier Plastics

It was another big day on April 5th as the Auburn P-TECH juniors took part in their job shadows at Bo-Mer Plastics and Currier Plastics.  As part of the P-TECH...

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What Do Leaders Do When They Are Exhausted?

What Do Leaders Do When They Are Exhausted? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders get exhausted and run down.  Why? They are people too.  They have home responsibilities, relationships...

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Episode 45: Lessons From Max

Episode 45 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're reflecting on people who have spoken into their lives in a profound way. If...

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2018 Milestone Award Recipients

Each year at our Annual Dinner celebration, we like to take a moment to recognize our member companies celebrating exciting milestone anniversaries. This year we will be honoring the following...

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Lessons from Max

Lessons From Max By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer             Do you know people who have spoken into your life so profoundly that they seem to have been bigger than life?...

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Syracuse P-TECH Job Shadows: United Radio

The Syracuse P-TECH Program freshmen visited United Radio on April 4th.  The students were amazed to learn about all the things United Radio does - from two-way radios and repairing...

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Managing Setbacks

Managing Setbacks By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO It is so hard to be a leader today.  Really – it is more difficult than ever.  Why? We must live with...

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Episode 44: Is your passion gone?

Episode 44 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about passion--what it is, how we feel when we lack passion, how we...

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Is Your Passion Gone?

Is Your Passion Gone? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When was the last time you woke up in the morning and couldn’t wait to get out of bed? When...

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May at a Glance

Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of May! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 5/1 - Advanced B2B Consultative Selling 5/1, 5/8,...

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The Future and Why We May Miss the Exit!

Essential industries like manufacturing are desperate for people who use their hands and their minds. Why are we having such a hard time finding these people?

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Get Away to Get Ahead

Get Away to Get Ahead By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you ever feel like you are caught up?  Many I meet do not.  The treadmill seems to move...

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Episode 43: Go ahead, eat it. I dare you!

Episode 43 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to beat procrastination and accomplish more. If you like what you...

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Go ahead, eat it. I dare you!

Go ahead, eat it. I dare you! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live...

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When Do You Create the Future?

When Do You Create the Future? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The future does not just happen.  As a leader, you must actively spend time creating the future –...

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Episode 42: A Bridge to Nowhere

Episode 42 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean This week's episode was inspired by a quote from David's father: "I've crossed so many bridges only to find...

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A Bridge to Nowhere

A Bridge to Nowhere By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer “I’ve crossed so many bridges only to find that there wasn’t a stream.” This quote came from my dad in...

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Legacies in Manufacturing: A Conversation with Wall of Fame Inductees

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, announces Bill Allyn, former Chairman of the Board of Welch Allyn and Arnie Rubenstein, Chairman of the Board of United Radio will be joining moderator...

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CMTC: “If the co-founder of Apple can get rid of his fear of robots taking over, why can’t you?”

Click below to discover the three biggest myths about advanced robotics in manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Matters – April 2018

Please enjoy the April 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story MACNY Announces 2018 Innovator of the Year Page 3 | President's Message We Need...

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Leaders Are People Too

Leaders Are People Too By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Sometimes we can forget that our leaders are people too.  They have feelings, concerns, and experiences like everyone else.  They...

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Episode 41: The Ballerina

Episode 41 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're talking about one of the very important roles a leader has in any organization....

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Reminder: Take Advantage of Your Free Training Classes!

Are you an Individual Member with MACNY? If so, don't forget that one of the great benefits of your membership is access to a suite of core training classes at...

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The Ballerina

The Ballerina By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever wondered about the specific role men play in the ballet? Why are they there? What is their purpose? In...

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Americans agree that future manufacturing jobs will…

The outlook for manufacturing is moving in a very positive direction. Read more to see how the perception of manufacturing is changing right along with the advancing technologies.

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Syracuse P-TECH Job Shadow Day at Dupli and Nixon Gear

As the P-TECH students are preparing themselves for their internships and entering the workforce, part of that process is researching companies in the Syracuse area.  On Wednesday, March 14th, the...

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Albany Business Review: Manufacturers lobby for 0 percent income tax rate during visit to Capitol

In case you missed it: this past week MACNY and The Manufacturers Alliance of New York organized a lobby day in Albany. Click "read more" below to view an article...

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Leading Through Adversity

Leading Through Adversity By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders are most tested when leading their teams and organizations through adversity.  Time and time again I get to see leadership...

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Episode 40: Excuse Me, But It’s Not About You!

Episode 40 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're talking about an often-overlooked leadership topic: mindfulness. We're looking at the benefits of mindfulness,...

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Excuse Me, But It’s Not About You!

Excuse Me, But It’s Not About You! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                                             Recently I was reflecting on an experience I once had with one of my bosses. It...

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Here’s why mom always said to play nice with others…

Read more from Getting Smart to find out how collaboration or partnering is popping up in all facets of life.

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The Daily Gazette: Apprenticeship program designed to boost manufacturing workforce

MACNY has partnered with The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) to bring The Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program to the Capital Region. Read more from the Daily Gazette about how this program...

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Which Moments Do You Remember?

Which Moments Do You Remember? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Think back over the last few years.  Which moments do you remember?  Most of us remember celebrations, hard challenges,...

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April at a Glance

Don’t miss these great offerings in the month of April! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 4/4 - Business Development Council: Cayuga Milk Ingredients...

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Episode 39: Please Just Stop

Episode 39 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode I'm discussing the importance and benefits of taking time away to recharge. If you like...

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MACNY Partners with CEG To Bring First Intermediary Apprenticeship Program To Capital Region

MACNY is so excited to be partnering with the Center for Economic (CEG) to bring the first intermediary apprenticeship program to the Capital Region!

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MACNY Announces Keith Waltz of The Fulton Companies as 2018 Innovator of the Year

MACNY ANNOUNCES KEITH R. WALTZ OF THE FULTON COMPANIES AS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER Waltz to be recognized at MACNY’s 105th Annual Dinner Syracuse, New York- MACNY, The...

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3/14: Finance Council Event on Corporate Growth has been CANCELLED due to weather

This morning's Finance Council Event on Corporate Growth has been CANCELLED due to weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Please Just Stop!

Please Just Stop! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Sometimes we simply need to stop. Working harder and longer isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you must stop, disconnect, and rest....

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We might be on the right path, but there is still a long way to go…

Apprenticeship in the U.S. is growing, but currently, only 35% of the 505,000 registered apprentices are working in advanced manufacturing.  Read more to see who is jumping on the apprenticeship...

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HR Update: New Standard for Unpaid Interns

The Department of Labor has announced New Standard for Unpaid Interns. Get the details here.

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CNY STEM Job Shadow Day

On February 2nd, nine businesses in Central New York welcomed high school students into their workplace to preview the jobs and working environment within their company.   Each company structured their...

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Leaders Must Give Hope

Leaders Must Give Hope By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders must be primary givers of hope.  In today’s world filled with plenty of things to worry about, we look...

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Episode 38: Watch Out!!!

Episode 38 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing blind spots - what they are, how to identify them, and what you...

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WATCH OUT!!!!

WATCH OUT!!!! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was a mid-December evening, about ten minutes after 5 PM, and I had a tough day. Lots of meetings, and a...

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OSHA Update: Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers

OSHA’s new fact sheet, Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers, provides suggestions for conducting inspections that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your current safety & health efforts. View the fact...

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Smile – It Can Make You More Successful

Smile – It Can Make You More Successful By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Did you know that smiling can make you more successful?  I’m here to tell you that...

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EEO-1 Filing Deadline: 3/31/18

The Employer Information EEO-1 (Standard Form 100) is collected annually under the authority of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et. Seq., as amended. ...

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Episode 37: Level Five – From Success to Significance

Episode 37 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing the fifth and final level of leadership: the pinnacle. Listen in to learn...

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Level Five – From Success to Significance

Level Five – From Success to Significance By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we looked into Level 4 of John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership, People Development. I...

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Manufacturing Matters – March 2018

Please enjoy the March 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story MACNY Announces Greg Owens & Kirk Wardell as 2018 Manufacturers Wall of Fame...

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Clean Energy & The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Given that New York State is committed to Clean Energy, this Federal agency is more important that one might have thought.   New York is very much in the purview of...

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For Immediate Release: Senate Majority Unveils 2018 Jobs and Opportunity Agenda

CONTACT: Scott Reif, Maureen Wren (518) 455-2264 FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 http://www.nysenate.gov SENATE MAJORITY UNVEILS 2018 JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AGENDA Second Part of the “Blueprint for a...

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Kilian Manufacturing Hosts P-TECH Freshmen Students

Kilian Manufacturing Hosts P-TECH Freshmen Students P-TECH 9th-grade students visited Kilian Manufacturing on Friday, February 9th. They first had a PowerPoint presentation that gave a brief history of the company,...

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Slow Down – To Be Creative

Slow Down – to Be Creative By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are constantly encouraged to move quickly.  Moving fast and constantly has become the way we are instructed...

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CNY STEM Scholars Program – Deadline: 2/28

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Episode 36: Level 4 – Breaking Free to Greater Success

Episode 36 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing the fourth level of leadership: people development. We will be looking at the...

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Announcement: 2018 Wall of Fame Inductees

MACNY ANNOUNCES GREGORY OWENS & KIRK WARDELL AS 2018 MANUFACTURERS WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Winners to Be Inducted to Wall of Fame at MACNY’s 105th Annual Dinner Syracuse, New York-...

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Attention Skillsoft Users: New Upgrades for MACNY Portal

Attention members who access Skillsoft through MACNY: Effective 2/1, a major platform upgrade has been implemented. When you log in, things will look a bit different. To view the quick...

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Level Four – Breaking Free to Greater Success

Level Four - Breaking Free to Greater Success By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we continued with our look into John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership, and we...

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ToolingU – SME: Business Intermediary Is Leading the Way with Apprenticeship Solutions for the ‘Silver Tsunami’

This month, Martha Ponge, MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship, blogged for our partner, ToolingU-SME. In her post she discusses how we're working with our partners to lead the way with apprenticeship...

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Telecommuting

Telecommuting sounds like a great idea to most employees but there are some things employees and employers should consider. Click "read more" below for some insights from Brown & Brown...

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Thank you, NYPA!

It makes us proud to be New Yorkers when we see "us" reaching out to help those in need. Thank you, NYPA and then entire team that is supporting the...

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Leaders Never Go It Alone

Leaders Never Go It Alone By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a great myth in most of the leadership stories you read in the popular press. The myth...

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Join us for Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany!

At this year’s Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany, participants will be networking, addressing specific policy issues and topics that impact the State’s manufacturing sector, and influencing Albany legislators through...

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Episode 35: Level 3 – Hitting Your Stride

Episode 35 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing the third level of leadership: production. We will be looking at the upsides,...

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Level 3 – Hitting Your Stride

Level 3 - Hitting Your Stride By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we continued with our look into John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership, and we discussed Level...

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AMO Higlights Reel – Check It Out!

The Advanced Manufacturing Office is the only technology development office within the U.S. Government dedicated to improving the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturing. Let’s take a...

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A Central NY Treasure: Mentoring with Jim Beckman

We in Central New York are blessed to have tremendous resources in our manufacturing community. Among those resources is a real treasure, Jim Beckman. Jim has agreed to partner with MACNY...

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Today the World is Your Market

Today the World is Your Market By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Every manufacturer now has the opportunity to sell to the global market.  Small, medium, and large manufacturers are...

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Episode 34: Level 2 – Listen, Observe, and Prepare for What’s Next

Episode 34 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing the second level of leadership: permission. We will be looking at the upsides,...

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March at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of March! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 3/1 - Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action...

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Auburn P-TECH Visits Volpi USA

On January 4th the Auburn P-TECH* class participated in an industry visit to Volpi USA.  Volpi specializes in medical and diagnostic support systems.  In the beginning of the visit the...

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Level 2 – Listen, Observe, and Prepare for What’s Next

Level 2 – Listen, Observe, and Prepare for What’s Next By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I introduced John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership, and we discussed level...

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Free Event: 5 Ways Manufacturers Find New Customers with Digital Marketing

            Join us for a FREE 60 - minute Breakfast and Learn session with Advance Media NY to learn 5 Ways Manufacturers Find New...

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Preventing Workplace Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has outlined some recommendations to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other harassment in the workplace. Click "read more" below for a compliance...

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Employers Have Been Saying This For a Long Time

It is no surprise to employers that entry level employees are not always ready or well prepared for the world of work. Read more from EdSurge to find out some...

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Are You Changing Daily?

Are You Changing Daily? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Recently, I spoke to the students of SUNY Morrisville.  I briefed them on the economy and what the future holds...

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Manufacturing Matters – February 2018

Please enjoy the February 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story New Location Announced for MACNY's 105th Annual Dinner Page 3 | President's Message Manufacturing...

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Nominate your pick for the 2018 Manufacturing Innovator of the Year Award!

Nominations are now be collected for MACNY's 2018 Manufacturing Innovator of the Year Award, sponsored by Corning, Inc. This award, in its seventh year, will recognize the innovative talents of...

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Episode 33: Take Your Leadership to the Next Level

Episode 33 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're kicking off our five week series focused on John Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership....

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Take Your Leadership to the Next Level

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In 2011, John Maxwell released one of his bestselling books The Five Levels of Leadership. If you...

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Video Testimonial for Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect is one of MACNY's newer offerings that is designed to teach you how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases...

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How Do You Do the Impossible?

How Do You Do the Impossible? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Doing what seems impossible is a large part of being a leader today.  What was once impossible has...

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Core Training Offerings at No Cost for Individual Members

Did you know that Individual Members receive access to the following training offerings at no cost? Becoming a Person of Influence Coaching and Mentoring for Success Everyone Communicates, Few Connect...

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Episode 32: The Half-Truth of Employee Engagement

Episode 32 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode we're discussing employee engagement--and how to improve it. With less than a third of employees...

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The Half-Truth of Employee Engagement

The Half-Truth of Employee Engagement By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I have been thinking about how growth and professional development influence employee engagement. Clearly, employee engagement is a...

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Tickets Now Available for MACNY’s 105th Annual Dinner

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Annual Dinner Save the Date – Announce new location

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Auburn P-TECH November Activity Update

In November, the activity for the Auburn P-TECH students was to make a catapult out of pencils, rubber bands, and a plastic spoon.  The goal was to be able to...

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When and Where Are You Able to Find Quiet?

When and Where Are You Able to Find Quiet? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Are you able to find time to be quiet?  If so, where and when do...

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ICYMI: Regional Economic Plan is Making a Difference in CNY

Regional Economic Plan is Making a Difference in CNY By: Randy Wolken, President and CEO of MACNY, Co-Chair of Regional Economic Development Councl of Central New York Originally published on...

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Episode 31: When Things Go Wrong

Episode 31 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to deal when things go wrong or when plans fail. If you like...

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When Things Go Wrong

When Things Go Wrong By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As much as we would like to plan and lay out our lives, things at times just go wrong. I...

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February at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of February! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 2/1: ISO 9001:2015 Transition Implementation 2/1:  HR Council:...

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Maker City Madness in California

Freemont, California plans is to become a Maker City.  Learn more about the Maker Movement as one city plans to create a Maker City to support the Advanced Manufacturers in...

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For Immediate Release: Following Release of Bipartisan Infrastructure Report, Rep. Katko & CNY Transportation Stakeholders Highlight Importance of Infrastructure Investment Locally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            CONTACT: Erin O’Connor January 11, 2018 FOLLOWING RELEASE OF BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT, REP. KATKO & CENTRAL NEW YORK TRANSPORTATION STAKEHOLDERS HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT LOCALLY  SYRACUSE,...

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Do You Know Where You Are?

Do You Know Where You Are? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  In order for you to create your future – and a plan to begin to get there –...

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Episode 30: Let’s Start Smarter

Episode 30 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking setting SMARTER goals using Michael Hyatt's goal setting framework. If you like what you...

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Let’s Start Smarter

Let’s Start Smarter By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                                                                                                             We are now well into the new year, and it’s high time I get back to those goals we were...

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It’s Time to Rethink “Career Ready” after High School

Read more to learn how one Georgetown Professor’s ideas about changes that need to be made in the U.S. education system to better prepare our children for careers directly out...

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Do You Have A New Year’s Resolution?

Do You Have New Year’s Resolutions? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Each year millions of Americans make a resolution for the new year.  Only eight percent are kept.  In...

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Episode 29: One More Thing Before We Start

Episode 29 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of having meaning and purpose in your life--a critical aspect of...

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One More Thing Before We Start

One More Thing Before We Start By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we spoke about your life being a great story waiting to be written. I referenced a...

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Manufacturing Matters – January 2018

Please enjoy the January 2018 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story MACNY Expands Widewaters Office Page 3 | President's Message Mentoring is at the...

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What Do You Want in 2018?

What Do You Want in 2018? The new year is upon us.  Like most, I ask, where did 2017 go?  The year went way too fast for me!  But, now...

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Episode 28: Are You Ready?

Episode 28 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking more about how to prepare for 2018 and making your life a great story....

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Minimum Wage Increase as of 12/31/17

Minimum wage as for the majority of NY State is $10.40 as of 12/31/17.  Below is a link for minimum wage information for NYC – Small and Large Employers, Long...

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer There are only 363 shopping days until Christmas! Sorry I couldn’t resist. However, we are only a few days away from...

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How Buffalo is Addressing the Skills Gap

“Manufacturing has more older workers than almost any other industry in the region, and the smallest proportion of younger workers.”  They call it the “Silver Tsunami.”  Read more to see...

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Are You Happy?

Are You Happy? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As we close another year, it is important to take stock of our lives.  We need to ask ourselves if we...

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New York State Paid Family Leave takes effect 1/1/2018

The New York State Paid Family Leave takes effect 1/1/2018.  Below is a link for information for Employers, Employees and Health Care Providers. https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-paid-family-leave

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Episode 27: Christmas Memories

Episode 27 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're really getting into the Holiday Spirit and talking about Christmas memories and traditions. If you...

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Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In just a few short days it will be Christmas. The purpose of my email this week is to encourage you to...

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January at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of January! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 1/1 - MACNY & PEB Offices Closed...

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CNY STEM Job Shadow Day – February 2, 2018

A special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers in CNY. On February 2, 2018, Central New York will participate in the regions second CNY STEM...

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Cleaner Environment AND More Energy

Here is a technology that instead of killing two birds with one stone, it actually could save two birds with one stone.  Cleaner environment AND more energy.

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Are You Making Connections?

Are You Making Connections? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Leaders require relationships with others.  To lead successfully means you are able to capture the hearts of others and move...

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Episode 26: Start Smart by Looking Backwards

Episode 26 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of reflection when planning goals for the New Year. If you...

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Start Smart by Looking Backwards

Start Smart by Looking Backwards By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I love this time of year for many reasons. I just love the Holidays! I begin listening to Christmas...

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Innovative Ways to Invest in Your Employees

“Apprenticeship programs are not short term fixes - they don't pay dividends for several years; employers MUST take the long view.”  Read more to see some innovative ways that organizations...

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Google Doing Significant Work in Alternative Energy Technologies

Google is doing significant work in leading edge alternative energy technologies.  It matters to our members because they are locating a spin off company focused on geotherm in the Capital...

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Are You a Great Collaborator?

Are You a Great Collaborator? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO One of the critical skills for leaders and team members is collaboration.  However, in my experience, it is one...

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Episode 25: Pick Your Pain…Now or Later

Episode 25 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about embracing "pain" and moving forward into action. You will not want to miss...

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Pick Your Pain…Now or Later

Pick Your Pain…Now or Later By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that there are things that we know we should do, but we just don’t seem...

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Individual Member Exclusive: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” Mastermind

Here at MACNY we are always searching for ways to provide more value to our Individual Members—especially in the arena of professional development and personal growth. We are pleased to...

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Are You Available?

Are You Available? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader or team member, are you present and available when the need arises?  The speed of business has never...

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Manufacturing Matters – December 2017

Please enjoy the December 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Transformational Leadership Page 3 | President's Message Reform Needs to Result in Economic...

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Episode 24: You Didn’t Ask.

Episode 24 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of asking the right questions. If you like what you hear,...

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You Didn’t Ask.

You Didn’t Ask. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I was young and in school, I rarely asked questions. Consequently, unless someone else asked the questions I had, I...

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Growing Jobs in the U.S. by Filling The Skilled Labor Funnel

Businesspeople in Sales and Marketing have been “filling their funnel” with sales prospects since the day they started their jobs.  It always takes a lot of potential prospects at the...

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Did you know Individual Members receive 10% most training?

Did you know that Individual Members receive an additional 10% off just about all of MACNY's training offerings? We offer a variety of training opportunities which can be found at...

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Episode 23: Are You Grateful?

Episode 23 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how an attitude of gratitude can dramatically improve your quality of life--and how...

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Are you grateful?

Are You Grateful? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you taken the time lately to be grateful or are you too busy running here and there in search of...

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What Makes A Great Leader?

What Makes A Great Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We all know good leaders.  They are everywhere we look.  They are at our schools, in our communities, and...

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Are You Resilient?

Are You Resilient? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you resilient?  Do you stay committed to accomplishing the task at-hand despite the obstacles?  Do you have...

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Statement from MACNY Regarding House Tax Reform Proposal

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017 Karyn Burns, (315) 317-3402 or [email protected] STATEMENT FROM MACNY, THE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION REGARDING HOUSE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL November 16, 2017 MACNY – The Manufacturers...

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Episode 22: Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off.

Episode 22 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how you can change your natural tendency to worry. If you like what...

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Central Upstate Mfg. Magazine: Edition 5

MACNY is pleased to bring you the fifth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine. In this issue we explore the interesting and inspiring topic of legacies. Legacies are what have sustained...

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Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off.

Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer You arrive home expecting to see your loved one’s car in the garage, and it’s not...

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Are You Addressing the Creativity Challenge?

Are You Addressing the Creativity Challenge? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In a fast-changing economy, creating and re-creating products and services is at the heart of a thriving business...

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Episode 21: Do you know what’s in front of you?

Episode 21 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to change your perspective on obstacles. Sometimes it can be hard to...

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December at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of December! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 12/1 - "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"...

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Syracuse.com: High school students tour North Syracuse plant as part of manufacturing month

More than 300 high school students visited SRCTec, LLC, in North Syracuse Oct. 6 as part of Manufacturing Month. What they — and the officials, leaders, parents, mentors and others...

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Do you know what’s in front of you?

Do you know what’s in front of you? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever walked over a bridge and looked down at the water flowing beneath you?...

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ICYMI: Martha Ponge featured in Oswego County Business

Click below to read Filling in the 'Skills Gap' featuring Martha Ponge, MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship.

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NYS Paid Family Leave goes into effect 1/1/2018

NYS Paid Family Leave goes into effect on 1/1/2018.  The following is a link for a Fact Sheet outlining the basics of the leave. https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/PaidFamilyLeave_BusinessOwnerFactSheet.pdf 

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Auburn P-TECH October Activity Recap

The Auburn P-TECH program had a great time with this month’s activity: exploding bags.  Auburn students and their career coaches were given the task of creating enough carbon dioxide to...

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Leaders Listen

Leaders Listen By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Listening has become one of the key skillsets for leaders at all levels of successful businesses today.  To be a great leader...

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Empowering Women Leaders in STEM

A group of professional women in STEM fields visited PEB at MACNY recently to discuss women in STEM. Coordinated by the International Center of Syracuse and sponsored by the U.S....

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Episode 20: It’s So Noisy

Episode 20 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about leveraging the power of solitude to strengthen leadership skills. If you like what...

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Upcoming Government Relations Issue Series Events

Government Relations Issue Series: Senator Pamela Helming at Currier Plastics - Monday, November 13, 2017 Join MACNY Members and Senator Pamela Helming for an afternoon at Currier Plastics in...

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Manufacturing Matters – November 2017

Please enjoy the November 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Third Annual Live2Lead Event and First Annual MACNY Transformational Leadership Award Page 3...

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It’s So Noisy

It’s So Noisy By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed how noisy it gets? It seems as though there is noise all the time. There was an...

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P-TECH Bucket Tower Project

On October 3rd, the Syracuse P-TECH freshmen teamed up with 18 Career Coaches to work on a design challenge: the Bucket Tower Project. Using straws, tape, and a plastic cup, each...

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NYS Paid Family Leave begins 1/1/18

New York State Paid Family Leave is beginning on January 1, 2018. Are you ready? MACNY wants you to be prepared so we encourage you to review the "how it...

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Get excited! New training coming soon for Individual Members!

Beginning in 2018, Individual Members will have access to a variety of training opportunities at no cost! The following classes will be offered: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect Becoming a Person...

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A Leader Must Have A Compelling Vision

A Leader Must Have a Compelling Vision By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The difference between being a leader and a manager is vision.  To truly be a leader you...

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Episode 19: Are you a filler or a dipper?

Episode 19 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about filling the buckets of others--which in turn, fills our own buckets. It's not...

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Are You a Filler or a Dipper?

Are You a Filler or a Dipper? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I heard that my grandson came home from school and told his mom that “we all...

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Green Energy’s Health and Environmental Impacts

A note from Cindy Oehmigen: Having just returned from a trip to Europe, I was struct by the significant visibility of solar panels throughout the countryside.  On top of many warehouses,...

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Is Your Company Looking For the Elusive Millennial In Manufacturing?

Many companies are asking me the same question over and over.  “How do I attract young people to jobs in manufacturing?”  Supply Chain Management Review has some great suggestions on...

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Are You a Positive Leader?

Are You a Positive Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being a positive leader in our fast-changing and often chaotic world has become a competitive advantage.  It is far...

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Congratulations, Randy Wolken!

EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES MACNY PRESIDENT & CEO RANDY WOLKEN TO BE APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF CNYREDC IN 2018 Empire State Development today announced that Randy Wolken, President & CEO of...

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Episode 18: Keys to Success

Episode 18 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about keys to success. We've got several tips to share that will help you...

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Keys to Success

Keys to Success By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever wondered if there is a secret to being successful? So many people say they want to be successful...

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November at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of November! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 11/1: Business Development Council: Parker's Pure Maple 11/3:...

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What is 21st Century Leadership?

What is 21st Century Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Has leadership changed in this century?  Do we need to lead differently than before?  These are constant questions I...

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Episode 17: Are you likable?

Episode 17 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about likability. Are you likable? Would most people around you agree? Listen in for...

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Are You Likable?

Are You Likable? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Seriously, are you a likable person? I know that sounds like a strange question, but have you ever thought about it?...

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WCNY Recognizes PEB’s Joe Vargo as an American Graduate Champion

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is public media’s long-term commitment, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB,) to address the dropout crisis and to build community capacity...

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Have You Tuned In Yet?

On a recent trip to New Jersey to participate in the New Jersey Institute of Technology  Apprenticeship Accelerator, Martha Ponge, MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship, was introduced to Manufacturing Talk Radio....

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Are you ready for the future? Well, it’s now!

Are you ready for the future?  Well, it’s now! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The largest present – and future - workforce is comprised of millennials. However, most organizations...

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Episode 16: Why Is He So Annoying?!

Episode 16 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about using DiSC behavioral profiles to understand how to best communicate with others. If...

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Why Is He So Annoying?!

Why Is He So Annoying?! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that some people are just plain annoying? You know that person, they just come into...

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Holiday Calendar, Vacation Scheduler, and Attendance Controller: Now Available!

Each year MACNY provides members with a three-year holiday calendar, vacation scheduler and attendance controller to use within their organizations. The updated copies are not available. See below for the...

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Manufacturing Matters – October 2017

Please enjoy the October 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story October is New York State Manufacturing Month. How Will You Celebrate? Page 3...

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Are You Afraid?

Are You Afraid? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are you afraid?  If not, you probably are not yet risking enough.  Fear is a natural reaction to the mystery we...

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Episode 15: Do you know what you want?

Episode 15 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to figure out what you really, really want. If you like what...

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Ephesus Lighting–An Integral Partner in the P-TECH Program

Ephesus Lighting has been involved in the Syracuse P-TECH Program for the past several years. Many of their employees share their time with P-TECH students through mentoring, project-based learning exercises,...

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Do you know what you want?

Do you know what you want? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It’s easier to find something when you know what you are looking for. Have you ever noticed that...

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MACNY Congratulates Craig Avalone of CHA for National Recognition

MACNY has had the privilege of partnering with CHA consulting on outreach efforts for NYSERDA.  We are pleased to be able to congratulate Craig Avalone, one of CHA’s engineers, on...

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Available Now: 2017-2018 Council Agendas

MACNY's 2017-2018 has officially begun! We hope our council members will enjoy this year's programming. If you are not a council member and would like more information on councils please...

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How Much Time Do You Really Have?

How Much Time Do You Really Have? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO I hear it nearly every day.  People tell me they are “busy,” “overwhelmed,” “running with their hair-on-fire”...

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Episode 14: My Resources

Episode 14 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, David shares his favorite resources that have helped him in his professional and personal development. Listen...

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Martha Ponge speaks at “Making The Case For Apprenticeship” – View the report

Making The Case for Apprenticeship: click here to view the report.

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My Resources

My Resources By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer People have asked if I would share the resources I have found that have helped me on my path of growth, so...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Gain Summer Employment Opportunities With Some of the Program’s Business Partners

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Gain Summer Employment Opportunities With Some of the Program's Business Partners In addition to the credit-bearing summer internships some of the P-TECH juniors participated in, four P-TECH...

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Apprenticeship may not be THE answer, but is most definitely an answer.

Apprenticeship may not be THE answer, but is most definitely an answer. Read more to find out how countries like the UK are utilizing government funding in a new and unique way...

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Free Occupational Safety & Health Assistance

The New York State Department of Labor offers employers free occupational safety and health assistance through their On-Site Consultation Program. For more information on the program, please visit: https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm

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October at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of October! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 10/3: ISO 9001:2015 Transition Implementation 10/3, 10/10,...

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How Much Control Do You Really Have?

How Much Control Do You Really Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We all like to believe we have a lot of control.  But, how much do we really...

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Episode 13: I Forgot the Anchor!

Episode 13 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how you can use anchors to maintain position when the storms of life...

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I Forgot the Anchor!

I Forgot the Anchor! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was a mid-June day and it was quite windy.  We had just installed all the floorboards in our old...

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MACNY’s Transformational Leadership Award – Nominate today!

MACNY Members: John Maxwell often says “everything rises and falls on leadership.” As a member of the John Maxwell Team, I whole heartedly agree with John. Leadership is the catalyst...

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Indefinite Delay of the New Wage & Hour Components of the EEO-1 Report

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has indefinitely delayed implementation of the new wage and hour components of the EEO-1 Report. The EEOC will continue to use the same...

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When was the last time you admitted you were wrong?

When was the last time you admitted you were wrong? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO I had set my morning schedule.  I was in Philadelphia and I had left...

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Manufacturing Matters – September 2017

Please enjoy the September 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Supports CNY STEM and PEB Page 3 | President's...

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Episode 12: Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher.

Episode 12 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about what you can do if you're working for a diminisher. It's easier than...

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Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher.

Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer  As much as we would love to think every boss is a Multiplier, it’s simply not true....

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Earning While in School – An Innovative New Training Program at Ohio State

Earning While in School - An Innovative New Training Program at Ohio State It seems like Ohio State is on the top of the AP list for Collegiate Football every...

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Which is more important – technology or talent?

Which is more important – technology or talent? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders today are grappling with just how important talent and technology are to their organizations’ success. ...

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Join us for: Industry 4.0 Digital Marketing

How Manufacturing Marketers Can Optimize Industry 4.0 Opportunities “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will offer remarkable opportunities -- and challenges.  It’s time to get ready for them so we can thrive...

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Episode 11: Are you leading as a Multiplier?

Episode 11 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about Multipliers (the opposite of the Diminishers we talked about in Episode 10), the...

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Are you leading as a Multiplier?

Are you leading as a Multiplier? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I have read that after meeting with British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, you would leave feeling that...

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MACNY’s Fall Training Brochure is now available!

MACNY'S Fall Training Brochure is now available! Click here to learn more about MACNY’s Fall Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] or 315-474-4201 ext....

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Do you amplify the positive?

Do You Amplify the Positive? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you amplify the positive experiences you and your team have? It would serve you well if you did. ...

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Episode 10: Did you just call me the “D” word?

Episode 10 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we are talking about the "D" word, the behaviors that characterize the "D" word, and much...

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Almost Sold Out! Council Kickoff @ Empire Farm Brewery, 9/19

THIS EVENT IS ALMOST SOLD OUT! DON'T WAIT, RSVP TODAY! Join us September 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual council kickoff reception at Empire Farm Brewery in...

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Did you just call me the “D” word?

Did You Just Call Me the “D” Word? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I’m sorry, but there is no way I am or have ever been a diminisher!  I...

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P-TECH Student Spends Two Weeks Learning Hands-On Skills at Kilian Manufacturing

Syracuse P-TECH student Garnet G. spent two weeks this Summer at Kilian Manufacturing, working under Manufacturing Manager Bob McCarthy, and learned how to use a 0-1" micrometer, and optical comperator...

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Should Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

We want students to be engaged in STEM education, but many do not have time to fit in extra classes in an already demanding schedule. Is allowing coding to count...

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How Do You Define Leadership?

How Do You Define Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you define leadership?  I define it as a “sacred trust” that I have been gifted with.  I...

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Wanted: Job Shadow Host Sites

Looking to build relationships with high school students pursuing a career path in Mechanical Technology or Electrical Engineering Technology? The Syracuse P-TECH Program (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is looking for...

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Episode 9: I Just Don’t Feel Like It

Episode 9 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we are diving deeper into a sampling of things you can do to get yourself back...

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I Just Don’t Feel Like It

I Just Don’t Feel Like It By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Let’s face it. Some days it’s just tough to get going. Perhaps the weather is gray and overcast....

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Students enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH Program found summer employment opportunities at United Radio

Students enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH Program at the Institute of Technology found summer employment opportunities at United Radio through PEB and MACNY’s collaboration with industry partners. Top left: Syracuse...

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LIVE2LEAD

Join us for our third annual broadcasting of John Maxwell's annual Atlanta-based event: LIVE2LEAD October 20, 2017 9 AM - 4 PM The Lodge at Welch Allyn What is...

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Can You See The Future?

Can You See the Future? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Can you see the future?  As leaders, we are often asked to “see into the future” so our companies...

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Episode 8: Friends and Accomplices

Episode 8 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we continue our discussion on the impact others have on our lives and our success. We'll...

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Free paid training being offered for manufacturing jobs (localsyr.com)

CAZENOVIA (WSYR-TV) - Onondaga Community College and Madison County manufacturers are teaming up to offer paid training for skill trades.

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Friends and Accomplices

Friends and Accomplices By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about the influence others have on our lives. Harvard social psychologist Dr. David McClelland states that our...

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In case you missed it: Lt. Gov. visits CNY STEM Camp for Girls (syracuse.com)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Syracuse this week to promote a science camp for young women.

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Join us at Empire Farm Brewery for our Annual Council Kickoff!

Join us September 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual council kickoff reception at Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia for an evening of food, drinks, and networking. The...

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Five Reasons Upskilling Your Workforce is Important – The Aspen Institute

Upskilling helps your bottom line, improves retention, and employees are beginning to expect it.  Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you should be upskilling your current workforce.

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How Do You Handle Stress?

How Do You Handle Stress? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you handle stress as a leader?  The way you do has important consequences for you and your...

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Episode 7: I Thought The Association Would Do Him Good

Episode 7 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and David discuss the impact others have on our lives. Fun fact: our “Reference Group”...

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I Thought the Association Would Do Him Good

I Thought the Association Would Do Him Good By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Not long ago I heard a story of a man who entered his mule in the...

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Updated I-9 Form

Earlier this week the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced and published an updated I-9 Form that will be required to be used by employers by September 18, 2017. While...

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AT&T CNY STEM Camp for Young Women

In case you missed it: check out the media coverage for the AT&T CNY STEM Summer Camp for Young Women, coordinated by Partners for Education and Business (PEB) and the...

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What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated?

What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What does a leader do when the team is deflated?  This is a challenge...

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Episode 6: The Trust Tax

Episode 6 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and David discuss the impact trust has on our ability to lead and how we...

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Free On-Site Safety Consultation

Free On-Site Safety Consultation NYS Department of Labor (DOL) offers a free On-Site Safety Consultation Program for employers. It is jointly funded by the U.S. DOL and the NYS DOL...

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The Trust Tax

The Trust Tax By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever stopped to think about the effect trust has on our lives? As leaders, we either pay a tax...

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Rethink the Traditional Career Paths and Discover “New Collar” Careers

Rather than looking back toward past opportunities that might no longer be relevant, Ginny Rometty, the CEO at IBM,  recently wrote an op-ed which advised students and teachers to focus...

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Learn More About The CNY STEM Scholars

CNY STEM Scholars The CNY STEM Scholars program is a partnership between SRC, King + King Architects, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, C&S Companies, Carrier Corporation, the CNY STEM Hub, and...

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When Do Leaders Re-energize?

When Do Leaders Re-energize? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As leaders, we are expected to always be “on.”  This is a very difficult task to accomplish. And yet, we...

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Episode 5: One of David’s Greatest Leadership Failures

Episode 5 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, David shares one of his greatest leadership failures--along with how he was able to right his...

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One of my Greatest Leadership Failures

One of my Greatest Leadership Failures By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In 2007, the company I was running started a season of significant growth. Realizing that I needed a...

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7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences – SHRM

7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences SHRM Most managers do a great job managing their staff.  There are some that may not be aware they could improve how they handle...

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CNY STEM Career Exploration Series

CNY STEM Career Exploration Series Studies have indicated that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs than they can fill.  To address this issue, Partners...

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When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders?

When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO When does it stop being uncomfortable for leaders?  Never, I am sorry to say. If I...

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The Next Page: Episode 4

Episode 4 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and Dave elaborate on President Abraham Lincoln's ability to not react in kind when challenged...

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MACNY’s Summer Training Brochure is Now Available!

MACNY'S Summer 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 [email protected] or...

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A Measured Response

A Measured Response By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about President Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.  In addition to his abilities to utilize differences and build coalitions...

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NY Renewables Efforts

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Workforce Development Institute conference on the potential for jobs linked to the renewable energy industry.   This further substantiates the current and future...

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10 Tickets left! Happy Hour @ Greenwood Winery presented by Harris Beach PLLC

This event is almost SOLD OUT. Click here to RSVP!                                  

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Seven Ways Intermediaries Help Develop Apprenticeship Programs

Seven Ways Intermediaries Help Develop Apprenticeship Programs Intermediaries can provide crucial support to the development and management of apprenticeships at companies. They can conduct outreach to employers and manage relationships...

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Manufacturing Matters – Summer 2017

Please enjoy the Summer 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Are You Prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? MACNY is Here to Help....

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Innovation is Not an Event!

Innovation is Not an Event! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Innovation is not an event.  It is not something that “just happens.”  As individuals and organizations known for being...

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Government Affairs: 2017 New York State Legislative Session Recap

2017 New York State Legislative Session Recap  2017 started off well, with the 2017 budget including workers' compensation reform and continued support for our Statewide Apprenticeship program.  The remainder of...

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The Next Page: Episode 3

Episode 3 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and Dave elaborate on President Abraham Lincoln's skillful building of his cabinet...

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Now He Belongs to the Ages

Now He Belongs to the Ages By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The date was April 15th­­, 1865. The time, 7:22 AM. President Abraham Lincoln’s 9-hour struggle for life was...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors are Offered Summer Jobs, Summer Internship Opportunities by Supporting Companies

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors are Offered Summer Jobs, Summer Internship Opportunities by Supporting Companies A new addition to the P-TECH Program for rising seniors was coordinated by PEB as part of...

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As a Leader, Are You Free?

As a Leader, Are You Free? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often have an odd definition of freedom.  We like to think freedom is the ability to do...

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The Next Page: Episode 2

Episode 2 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean This week we're comparing flower buds to emerging leaders in organizations: how to find them, how to protect...

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Searching for Buds

Searching for Buds By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer             My wife is an amazing gardener. When you walk up to the front of our home, you would think you are...

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Manufacturers Alliance Statement: Positive Changes in Business Policy Made

Manufacturers Alliance Statement on the 2017 - 2018 New York State Legislative Session: Positive Changes in Business Policy Made Syracuse, NY- Today The Manufacturers Alliance of New York State released...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Participate in Final Job Shadow Days for the 2016-2017 School Year

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Participate in Final Job Shadow Days for the 2016-2017 School Year Approximately 37 high school juniors enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH program visited a local manufacturing facility...

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Happy Hour at Greenwood Winery Presented by Harris Beach PLLC

This event is almost SOLD OUT. Click here to RSVP!                                      

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Leader is a Verb.

Leader is a Verb. By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often use “leader” or “supervisor” or “boss” as a noun.  These words are far too often seen as a...

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The Next Page: Episode 1

Episode 1 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean This week we're discussing our purpose, our format, and what you can expect each week from this...

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A Podcast, Really?

A Podcast, Really? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As the title reads, we are doing a podcast. I’m excited to announce that Marisa and I are doing a weekly...

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Are You Taking Advantage of Skillsoft?

Did you know that MACNY offers e-learning options to all MACNY Members? We've partnered with Skillsoft, an innovative leader in training, to offer six Knowledge Centers: Leadership HR Professional Management...

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15 Facts Showing U.S. Manufacturing is Growing

Strictly based on our interactions with companies, we have been led to believe there is growth occurring across America in manufacturing.  This data supports that belief.  

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Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Do You Know What You Don’t Know? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you know what you don’t know?  There seems to be a straight forward answer to this...

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If Parents and Students are Happier, Why Can’t Career and Tech Education Shake it’s Bad Image?

The research supports that high school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) have a higher rate of graduation on a national average, but CTE can’t seem to shake the...

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Are You the Governor?

Are You the Governor? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Perhaps a better title would have been; You Are the Governor. Please allow me to explain. It started this past...

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PEB’s Annual Awards Event at Le Moyne College

Dear MACNY members: Wednesday, June 7 was the PEB Annual Awards event at Le Moyne College. This is a great affair because of the number of students, parents, education and...

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2018 Premium Rates for Family Leave Benefits and Maximum Employee Contribution

The 2018 Premium Rates for Family Leave Benefits and Maximum Employee Contribution were announced.

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Business Day At The Capitol: Legislative Memos

OPPOSE: Expansion of Public Works "Prevailing Wage" Standards SUPPORT: Scaffold Law Reform SUPPORT: Small Business Tax Cuts OPPOSE: State Sponsored Retirement Mandate SUPPORT: Unemployment Insurance Experience Rating Under Paid Family Leave

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Do Conversation Still Matter?

Do Conversations Still Matter? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do conversations still matter?  With the advances in technology we can communicate with anyone in the world in 140 characters...

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New Class: Making Today Matter

Have you ever had a day when you went home exhausted but didn’t really know what you accomplished? Are you rushing from one task to the next stuck in the...

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Mining for Gold

Mining for Gold By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The date was January 24, 1848, when a carpenter from New Jersey named James Marshall found flakes of gold in California’s...

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Member E-Connect: 4th of July Holiday Policy–Are you closed 7/3 & 7/4?

MACNY members continually contact us for information on what others in their industry are doing when it comes to holiday scheduling and PTO. With Independence Day being a Tuesday this...

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Energy Cost Reduction

Here are a few common sense tips that are not complicated to employ--and the impact is likely greater than you imagine.  Fortunately for New Yorkers, there are programs through NYSERDA...

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How Do Millennials Want to Work?

How Do Millennials Want to Work? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In the U.S., there are nearly 73 million millennials.  Gallup's report, How Millennials Want to Work and Live,...

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Manufacturing Matters – June 2017

Please enjoy the June 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story MACNY Celebrates 104th Annual Dinner Page 3 | President's Message Is Your Next Teammate...

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Ideas are Cheap. Building Something is Hard.

Explore the day to day operations of, Lowercase NYC, one of the only eyewear producers in the United States.  The startup located in Brooklyn will give you insight into why...

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Were You Listening?

Were You Listening? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer May 18th was a warm late spring day. As the day progressed, and the humidity started to build, it almost felt...

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New Material for Solar Cells

Is Crystalline Silicone becoming passé?  Perhaps.  Thanks to researchers at NIST and the University of Nebraska, perovskites could become the next superstars of solar cells.  More efficient, more stable.

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How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do leaders best prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?  This is an important...

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Have We Forgotten How to be Kind?

Have We Forgotten How to be Kind? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you remember a time when people were just plain nice? When people actually were polite to...

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Join us for our Clambake!

Join us for our Annual Clambake! Wednesday, August 16, 4 - 7 PM Hinerwadel's in North Syracuse Bring your colleagues, friends, family or whole team! Click here to register now!...

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Save on Both: NYS & Federal Employment Law Class

Special Offer! Join us for both the Federal Employment Law class on June 15 and the NYS Employment Law class on June 21 and save $65!   Federal Employment Law: June 15th,...

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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?  It is how historians and futurist...

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New Manufacturing and Career Counseling Tool for Students

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, also known as LIFT, is launching new manufacturing and career counseling tool for middle schoolers and high schoolers.  Game-based and multi-media STEM platforms, Learning Blade® and...

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A Mentor

A Mentor By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever had a person come into your professional life who helped transform you into someone you never thought you could...

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Join us at NBT Stadium!

Join us on June 29th for MACNY NIGHT at the Syracuse Chiefs game! MACNY members will receive a discount on tickets in sections 208 & 210 using promo code: MACNY....

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NEW CLASS: Lean Office

Lean Office Lean is not just something to use on the manufacturing floor. Making an office environment lean will have a major impact on your business by streamlining your processes...

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How Well Do I Lead?

How Well Do I Lead? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How well do I lead?  As leaders, we need to periodically assess how we are leading.  But, how do...

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Join us for Happy Hour at Greenwood Winery!

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Are You Willing to Pay the Price?

Are You Willing to Pay the Price? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Eugene Habecker, the author of The Other Side of Leadership, wrote “The true leader serves. Serves people....

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Thank You to Our Annual Dinner Sponsors!

Thank You to Our Annual Dinner Sponsors! THANK YOU to our sponsors for supporting manufacturing in New York State and for celebrating this year’s Wall of Fame Inductees–Arnie Rubenstein (United...

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Check out these career path previews!

People of all ages struggle with the idea of what they want to be when they grow up.  A recent article in The Muse offers insight and access to a...

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What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success?

What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the greatest roadblock to individual and company success?  Is it creativity, great...

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HR Session for P-TECH Students

Thank you to all the mentors who helped make this Syracuse P-TECH session on April 28th possible. This event's focus was on careers related to Mechanical Technology and Electrical Engineering...

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Where Did They Go?

Where Did They Go? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officers Last week I wrote about finding emerging leaders, and I received some great feedback. During a conversation about the post,...

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MACNY Announces 2017 Innovators of the Year

MACNY ANNOUNCES TIM BRAUNER AND DAVID BATES OF KNOWLES AS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS Brauner and Bates to be recognized at MACNY’s 104th Annual Dinner Syracuse, New York-...

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Collaborative Robots, Static Control in Manufacturing, the latest in control options for Ethernet-IP & More!

Join Ralph W. Earl Automation Solutions for their Annual Open House!  Thursday, May 11th from 10 AM - 2 PM 5930 E. Molloy Road Syracuse, NY 13220 Click here to...

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Manufacturing Matters – May 2017

Please enjoy the May 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association!   Cover Story MACNY Announces 2017 Innovators of the Year Page 3 | President's Message We...

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Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs?

Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are robots destined to take our jobs?  The answer is both yes and no.  Not surprisingly, this...

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Save The Date: Happy Hour @ Greenwood Winery

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We Want to Hear From You

Individual Membership has been one of MACNY's fastest growing initiatives over the last couple of years. Each year we strive to add new and different offerings for Individual Members to...

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Where Are All The Leaders?

Where Are All The Leaders? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that it is tough to find leaders? They just never seem to be applying for...

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MACNY Announces Keynote Speaker for 104th Annual Dinner

Join us as we celebrate the entire manufacturing community and the successes of our members! May 18, 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse RSVP NOW! Featuring Keynote Speaker:...

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Mastering Employee Engagement (HR Daily Advisor)

It can cost you both time and money to find a replacement for an employee who leaves your organization.  Due to the high costs involved, it is important to keep the...

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Legislative Memo // Support: The Empire State Apprenticeship Program

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan Room 330, State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12247 Re: The Empire State Apprenticeship Program Dear Senator Flanagan: We request that the Senate support The...

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Corporate Wellness Programs Gaining Popularity

Corporate wellness programs have gained in popularity over the years and the trend for 2017 looks to be the same.  Below is a link for an article on forbes.com outlining...

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What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast?

What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What can a leader do when change occurs too fast?  As a leader, we...

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Legislative Memo // Support: Real Property Tax Credit for Manufacturers

Real Property Tax Credit for Manufacturers Senate bill 2009-B Part TT The Manufacturers Alliance of New York State and its collective members strongly support the proposal to expand the 20%...

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5 Ways to Breathe Life into your Manufacturing Community – Edge Factor

Larissa Brown from Edge Factor, a leader in the fight to encourage the next generation of kids to become makers of things, describes five ways to creatively inspire students, parents, educators,...

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Thermostats and Thermometers – Which One Are You?

Thermostats and Thermometers By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was 81 degrees on Sunday then dropped into the 40s Sunday night. Do you turn the heat on or the...

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The 7 Basic Quality Control Tools + 2

Are you looking to get solutions to problems as they occur and on the spot? Trying to find ways to engage the entire workforce? Want to leverage the skills and...

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Syracuse P-TECH Resume Session

9th grade P-TECH students received feedback on their resumes from Career Coaches on April 11th at the Institute of Technology High School in downtown Syracuse. Coaches pointed out all the...

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Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old?

Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Would you work differently if you planned to live to...

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Thirteenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

New York State has ambitious renewable energy goals to help take stress off the aging energy infrastructure while creating jobs and improving the New York State economy. The NYS goal...

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The Road to Greatness

The Road to Greatness By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This morning I came across a quote by Joe Duncan that read “You’re going to be on the road to...

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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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Is Every Job Changing?

Is Every Job Changing? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Is every job changing?  Yes, from what I have seen, it is.  And, if every job is changing, we are...

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Change the world. Stay in STEM.

Did you know that less than 7% of women graduate with STEM degrees? This is problem we can solve by providing more exposure to resources and experiences that make STEM real...

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We Cheered

We Cheered By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I was reading an article about the days following September 11, 2001. In the article, writer Peggy Noonan recalls Friday, September...

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P-TECH: Rockets to the Rescue!

Rockets were flying in the ITC gymnasium on March 23rd at 8 o’clock in the morning. The 9th grade P‑TECH students worked on a project called "Rockets to the Rescue"...

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Manufacturing Matters – April 2017

Please enjoy the April 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Manufacturing Lobby Day Success! Page 3 | Government Relations Workers' Compensation Legislative Bills Part...

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How Good Are You at Leading Change?

How Good Are You at Leading Change? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How good are you at leading change?  The answer to this question is increasingly important to our...

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We Buried Him Last Week

We Buried Him Last Week By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer “It was a chilly late spring morning. The leaves were just starting to pop as I made my way...

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Special Pricing for Annual Dinner for Individual Members – Valid through 4/15

MACNY's 104th Annual Dinner is just around the corner on Thursday, May 18th at 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY! Join us as we honor our Manufacturers Wall...

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Join PEB! American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project

Partners for Education & Business (PEB), a MACNY affiliate, encourages you to join them at the CNY Biotech Accelerator for a presentation on the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project....

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Thank you to our Annual Dinner Sponsors! Want to join? There’s still time!

MACNY's 104th Annual Dinner is just around the corner on Thursday, May 18th, 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse! THANK YOU to our sponsors for supporting manufacturing in New...

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If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time?

If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are too busy, what you may need most is more quiet...

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]! 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 [email protected] 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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