NYS Manufacturing Now

NYS Manufacturing Now

NYS Manufacturing Now is FuzeHub’s premier podcast with two main goals. The first, is to showcase new technologies and innovations developed right here in New York. The second, is to close the knowledge gap of small-medium size manufacturers about the NYS resources that can help them solutions to business and technical challenges.


November 2, 2023 15 mins

In this episode of NYS Manufacturing NOW, we unravel the intricate world of apprenticeship programs with our esteemed guest, Franca Armstrong, who's at the helm of Apprenticeship Programs at Mohawk Valley Community College. If you've ever wondered how manufacturers can leverage apprenticeship programs or the perks of pre-apprenticeship programs, this episode will provide you with a comprehensive guide. Franca enlightens us about th...

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Join us for a compelling conversation with Brendan Laing of IV Wedge as we discuss the innovative solutions his company provides for the medical device industry. Brendan provides insight into the IV Wedge, a catheter stabilization device that significantly enhances patient comfort. He also shares his experience with the 2021 Commercialization Competition and the critical role the prize money played in enabling them to...

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October 19, 2023 14 mins

New York State Innovation Summit - Day 1: The ReWire Group

Get set for an eye-opening expedition into the world of energy and technology with Al Evans from the ReWire Group. We promise you'll walk away understanding the indispensable contributions of this dual-division company that optimizes energy decisions in tandem with digital tech applications. Al unravels the unique operations of ReWire Group which...

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Ever wondered why safety culture in manufacturing is so critical? In our latest episode of NYS Manufacturing now, we take a walk down memory lane with our guest, Jim Testo, president of EHS Risk Management and an expert in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) corporate programs. We dive into the evolution of safety practices, starting from the 1980s, and the stark contrast between compliance and risk management. Ou...

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Join us on an exciting journey as we explore the inspiring story of Karen Kema Maxwell, founder of Kema’s Kreations. Hear about her incredible journey of taking a passion for sewing and transforming it into a successful business, creating stunning wood purses, clutches, backpacks, and travel bags with African and African American themes. In our conversation, we also dive into her experiences in manufacturing and the i...

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July 12, 2023 13 mins

For 10 years now, FuzeHub has helped companies navigate the resources available to them while providing the support they need to accelerate technology development and commercialization. FuzeHub’s Executive Director Elena Garuc sits down with Steve Melito to unearth the story of the statewide MEP’s evolution, the victories and challenges, and the immense impact they've made on New York's economy.

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July 5, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of NYS Manufacturing Now, FuzeHub's Steve Melito had the pleasure of engaging in a riveting conversation with Miriam Dushane, managing partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions. In this interview we took a fascinating journey into the evolving landscape of the workforce, dissecting how employers can attract and retain top talent in today's world. The chat delved into the benefits of apprenticeship programs, micro-certif...

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In this episode of NYS Manufacturing Now, FuzeHub’s Steve Melito discusses the back-story, the wide range of services offered, as well as some “out of this world” applications with Jim Rager, director of business development for Custom Tool & Model (CTM). A family owned and operated business since 1969, CTM works in the busy markets of aerospace, defense, and robotics, helping other industry leaders to take their part...

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May 15, 2023 11 mins

In this episode of NYS Manufacturing Now, FuzeHub’s Steve Melito discusses the unique offerings of Z-AXIS with Michael Allen, their president, co-owner, and former director of engineering. Most contract manufacturers are strictly that - contract manufacturers. But Z-AXIS is actually two companies in one - both a contract manufacturer and custom power supply company. Listen to how they have been working with two completely different...

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March 29, 2023 11 mins

In this episode of NYS Manufacturing Now, FuzeHub’s Steve Melito breaks down concrete, cement, and glass with Jacob Kumpon, the co-founder and COO of KLAW Industries in Binghamton, New York. KLAW was a winner of the first New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge and has developed a stronger, greener technology for the concreete and recycling industries.

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March 13, 2023 23 mins

The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) has the NewYork State Brewers Conference on tap from March 22 to 24 at the Albany Capital Center. Steve talks about beer and the business of beer with the NYSBA’s Paul Leon, Executive Director, and Meghan Connolly Haupt, Director of Partnerships. Coming to the conference? Be sure to visit FuzeHub in Booth 90 at this year's New York State Brewers Conference.

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March 8, 2023 14 mins

New York State’s food and beverage industry is on the rise, but it didn’t get there by keeping ideas contained and in silos. It takes collaboration, information, and the willingness to meet and partner with others for the growth of everyone involved.

In this episode of NYS Manufacturing Now, Steve sits down with Michael Tucker, president of the Long Island Food Council to discuss his entry into the food business and how the Long Is...

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Chris Berry is the Business Development Manager for Marquardt North America in Cazenovia, New York.  Marquardt Group is a global company with 11,000 employees, and the company’s Syracuse-area facility makes electro-mechanical switches, controls, and wireless communications for the automotive industry and other large OEMs.


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January 9, 2023 16 mins

Manufacturers work in many different spaces, creating solutions for any number of challenges. The reason behind the development of a product is often the most interesting part of the story. Personal frustration with the lack of available solutions can be the inspiration for new and creative solutions. So is the story of SOTRO in the world of home hair care products.

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December 28, 2022 23 mins
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Steve sits down with Glenn Saunders, Sr. Research Program Director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. They discuss the ARM Institute, MIC, Robotics in Manufacturing, and much more. 

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Steve sits down with Reg Harnish, the CEO of OrbitalFire Cybersecurity to discuss the importance of cybersecurity compliance for manufacturers. Reg discusses the human and non-human elements of risk management, trade secret protection, and domestic espionage. Learn about the unique situation that small to medium NYS manufacturers face when protecting both their technical and intellectual property, especially from overseas. Remember...

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Steve sits down with Tara McCaughey, the US Fab Workforce Planning & Development Lead at Global Foundries in Malta, NY. They discuss the chip shortage, the future of the semiconductor industry, and how Global Foundries is creating entry points at all levels of career path.

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August 24, 2022 19 mins

For this week's podcast, Steve sits down with Paul Guglielmo, owner of Craft Cannery and Founder of Guglielmo Sauce.

Paul Guglielmo founded his small business, based in the Greater Rochester region, called Guglielmo Sauce, a line of 15+ marinara sauces. He started Guglielmo with 20 cases of Marinara Sauce in the summer of 2014 and today, the product is available in over 500 stores, including Wegmans, Tops, and Whole Foods, and hund...

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Steve sits down with Kristofor Sellstrom, the Energy and Gas Resources Manager for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to talk about the upcoming Retool'22 Climatech Conference. 

The Retool WNY Initiative presents a climate technology conference for manufacturers and the manufacturing industry in upstate New York. Join industry leaders, manufacturers, investors, and entrepreneurs October 17–19, 2022 to learn, network, and colla...

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