FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | OCTOBER 5, 2016
Mayor Patrick Madden Announces First Annual Troy Manufacturing Week
TROY, NY – In recognition of the important role manufacturing has in supporting economic growth and jobs in Troy and across the Capital Region, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will launch the first annual Troy Manufacturing Week (#TroyMFGweek) beginning October 7. The week-long effort which coincides with National Manufacturing Day (#MFGday16) will include visits from the Mayor and business representatives to educational training facilities and local manufacturing locations across the Collar City to highlight the important role manufacturing plays in strengthening the local, regional and national economy while promoting careers in the industry through open house events and public engagement.
“Manufacturing has long maintained a strong connection to our city, with the iron, steel and textile industries contributing to the Collar City’s early prosperity” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Like Troy, manufacturing has continued to evolve through the development of new technologies which has fueled much of our region’s growth. Events like National Manufacturing Day and Troy Manufacturing Week provide a unique opportunity to promote the need for further investment in growing our manufacturing workforce and celebrate local manufacturers, organizations and companies who are at the forefront of this effort.”
“The Center for Economic Growth’s Business Growth Solutions arm has spent nearly three decades helping Capital Region manufacturers unlock their stored potential, and in Rensselaer County this potential is now gushing,” said Michael Lobsinger, Center Director of the Center for Economic Growth’s Business Growth Solutions. “Over the last five years, the county has emerged as the second fastest-growing county in the region in terms of manufacturing job growth and it leads the region in total annual wages growth, more than doubling to $341 million. And with strong workforce training and innovation foundations, the county’s well of potential is only deepening. Indeed, Rensselaer County has much to celebrate this Manufacturing Week.”
While the manufacturing industry represents the 9th largest economy in the world, a 2015 assessment found that nearly 2 million open skilled jobs are expected to go unfilled during the next decade, representing a significant shortage of talent available to fill these open positions. Troy Manufacturing Week will focus on highlighting the importance of education and training in developing the next generation of the nation’s manufacturing workforce through degree and certification programs available at educational institutions like Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“Hudson Valley Community College is proud to celebrate the legacy and the future of manufacturing in the City of Troy by participating in Troy Manufacturing Week,” said Drew Matonak, President of Hudson Valley Community College. “We know that a strong manufacturing economy requires more skilled workers and partnerships. Hudson Valley is poised to meet that demand with plans to double our Advanced Manufacturing Technology program enrollment and develop a new training center on campus to spur economic growth here in our hometown.”
“Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a vibrant hub of research and education in the area of advanced manufacturing”, said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. “Our state-of-the-art laboratories, cutting-edge research in multidisciplinary centers, and innovative curricula based on experiential learning position Rensselaer and the Troy region as a national leader in advanced manufacturing. We are educating graduates who are not only well-versed in time-tested manufacturing techniques, but also fluent in leading-edge micro-, nano-, and bio-manufacturing technologies. These graduates will invent technologies we haven’t imagined yet and launch new businesses that create jobs in our local, regional and national economy. We are truly honored to participate in the inaugural launch of Troy Manufacturing Week.”
Troy Manufacturing Week will begin Friday, October 7 with a visit by Mayor Madden to Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology training facility to meet with faculty and students enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) degree program.
Troy Manufacturing Week will conclude with the National Manufacturing Day program hosted by Rensselaer on Friday, October 14. The event, to be held at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), will feature undergraduate-led group tours through Rensselaer manufacturing facilities, including the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL), along with student organization exhibits with a focus on Rensselaer manufacturing initiatives. The fifth annual event, sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, Snap-On, and the City of Troy features a keynote address from Rensselaer Class of 2000 alum Ryan Patry, Manager of Manufacturing Technology for Manufacturing Engineering at Sikorsky Aircraft.
Additional open-house events have been scheduled in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day and Troy Manufacturing Week to provide members of the public an opportunity to learn more about manufacturing in their local community.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold an open-house for their Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL) on Wednesday, October 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Members of the public can participate in group-led tours through the facility. For information and directions contact Sam Chiappone at [email protected]
- Ross Valve Manufacturing, located at 102nd Street in Troy, will offer guided tours of their facility during Troy Manufacturing Week. Tours will be available on an appointment-only basis. Individuals interested in participating can email [email protected] to schedule a visit.
About National Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers traditionally held on the first Friday of October. The event encourages US manufacturers to open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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