MAST Memo

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          May 17, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

Manufacturing & STEM Fair Hosts 1,100 Students, Manufacturers, Teachers & Administrators

 

A record crowd this year gathered at the Manufacturing & STEM Fair!  Not just in numbers but in enthusiasm, questions, activities, interactions... it was an amazing day!  1100 students, manufacturers, teachers, and administrators had a terrific experience, learning more about careers in advanced manufacturing.

 

 

http://www.didiwny.com/cattaraugus-county-events.html

 

Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy Scheduled for July

The Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy will be held during the week of July 30 – August 2, 2018 at MTI@JCC in Olean.  Students will be meeting with area engineers and participating in hands-on experiences involving robotics, engineering design, the scientific method, the 5 Whys, trouble shooting and more.  Eaton's Young Manufacturers Academy is open to area students between the ages of 10-14.

 

http://www.didiwny.com/cattaraugus-county-events.html

 

 

STEM WARS Draws Over 750 Students

Dream It Do It partnered once again with Jamestown community College for another successful STEM Wars event. This year the event hosted more than 750 students. Over 30 local manufacturers and businesses participated at the event. The goal for the event is to create a platform for middle and high school students in the career of advance manufacturing, these students competed in a variety of competitions such as robotics, catapults, bridges, maker projects, interviews, and many more.

 

Dream It, Do it would like to thank the local manufacturers for your sponsorship and for taking time out of your day to invest your time with these students who represent our future workforce.

 

 

Technology

 

Additive Manufacturing Using Metallics

In past MEMOs we have discussed additive manufacturing (AM).  Material systems currently available, and most relevant to local manufacturing, include metallics, thermoplastic polymers, and ceramics.  We understand the basic advantages associated with AM, including insensitivity to part complexity as well as advantages for prototyping and small lot manufacturing.  We understand some of the potential downsides including part finish, porosity, and material selection.  Today’s technology links start to explore the material palette available for metallic AM, as well as introduce metallic AM resources available in our back yard, such as Penn State at State College.

 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/amrg/about/materials/

 

https://www.ge.com/additive/additive-manufacturing/information/additive-manufacturing-materials

 

https://www.ge.com/additive/additive-manufacturing/materials?gclid=Cj0KCQjwre_XBRDVARIsAPf7zZh8TiAuivqP7Hk-LvuQ7jY2l5Ewnv3LcpZBqP987z1EhOljx2EiqqEaAjQeEALw_wcB

 

https://www.mri.psu.edu/mri/research-capabilities/new-emerging-fields/additive-manufacturing

 

Member Services & Events

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th to participate in the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          May 9, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

MAST Annual Meeting Highlights Innovation and Talent Pipeline Management

Innovation and the talent pipeline were focus areas for the MAST Annual Meeting, held Thursday, May 3 at Moon Brook Country Club, Jamestown.

 

This year’s event featured a presentation on Shift, a resource designed to help manufacturers start the process of identifying and investing in achievable and implementable technology. Shift is being offered through a partnership of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Inyste Consulting and Next Street.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Ben Rand, President of Insyte Consulting.  Mr. Rand focuses on business development, innovation and executive coaching for Insyte based on his 20 years of experience in general management and consulting with manufacturing companies. Before Insyte, Ben was president of Sefar Filtration and a SVP & GM with USFilter, a Fortune 500 water filtration manufacturer. Ben is Chair of the American Small Manufacturers Coalition based in Washington, D.C., a member of the World Trade Center Board of Directors and the Lead for the Entrepreneurship Work Group of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale University.

 

Also addressing the group was Tim Piazza, Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for MAST.  Appointed to the position in March, he was previously Manager of Product Development for SKF Aeroengine North America and prior to that was President of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a Division of the Cleaning Technologies Group LLC.  He was earlier an Assistant Professor at Jamestown Community College, where he helped to found the Manufacturing Technology Institute. Tim attended Jamestown Community College, SUNY Albany and the State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics.

 

Even though talent is a renewable resource, manufacturing is lagging in generating a workforce with the needed skills and qualifications required to compete in a global market.  Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) is a demand driven solution that works by applying the lessons from supply chain management, used in industry, to manage education and workforce partnerships.  As the Talent Pipeline Manager, Tim Piazza is working with local manufacturers to make a clear link between their talent strategy and their business strategy and identify the jobs upon which their competitiveness depends.

 

Employers are the end customers of talent supply chains, working through the TPM initiative with MAST a preferred network of partners will be put together and managed for supplying the talent needed in today’s workforce.  As with any supply chain, quality is one of the key activities in this initiative.  To be successful infrastructure must be put in place to ensure end-to-end performance tracking at every stage of the supply chain.  Beneficiaries of this initiative include employers, who get a better-prepared workforce; providers, who achieve better outcomes for students; students and workers, who can access clear career pathways; and policy-makers, who generate a higher return on their education and workforce investments.

 

Assembled manufacturing leaders and their guests also got an update on Dream It Do It events and projects underway in the region from Evelyn Sabina, DIDI Coordinator for Cattaraugus County, and Jehuu Caulcrick, DIDI Coordinator for Chautauqua County.

 

MAST Board officers elected are:  President, Rhonda Johnson, Weber Knapp; Senior Vice President, Eric Livengood, Ulrich Planfiling; Vice President, John Stahley, Dresser-Rand; Treasurer, Dale Gier, Producto Corp, Ring Precision; and Immediate Past President, Mark Shafer, Heidenhain Corp.  Returning Board members are:  Mike Abbate, Cummins; Kevin Brombacher, M &T Bank; Chase Churchill, Jamestown Electro-Plating; John Mulryan, Scott Rotary Seals; Chris Napoleon, Napoleon Engineering Services; Rick Turner, Blackstone Advanced Technologies; and Paul Zebraski, Nestle Purina PetCare.  New board members are Bill Andrews, Monofrax Corp.; and Randy Manitta, Hope’s Windows.  Retiring board members who were recognized for their service are Cory Duckworth, Jamestown Community College, and John Zabrodsky, Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

 

The MAST Annual Meeting was sponsored by OBSERVER; The Post-Journal; and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier. 

 

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th to participate in the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action – Presented by JCC

This interactive, one-day training program is designed to improve the problem-solving skills of all employee levels in any industry – from health care and finance to human services and manufacturing – by providing an understanding of the processes and techniques for root cause analysis and effective corrective action. The course presents the methodology and tools for determining the root cause of non-conformances, which allows for implementation of corrective action to prevent the problem from occurring again. Concepts will be reinforced through group workshop exercises.

 

To register click here.

 

http://tcie.buffalo.edu/product/rca-jcc/

 

 

Technology

 

The Future of Manufacturing ERP

It’s not breaking news that manufacturing ERP systems help organizations solve their operational challenges. Implementing ERP into any manufacturing operation is a potentially powerful strategy to reduce production costs, streamline processes and in the long term, impact a company's growth.

 

With the vast majority of businesses now focusing on 'going digital' and the rise of digital transformation within the organization, ERP for manufacturing must be primed and ready to leverage the latest technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Here are five trends and tangible examples that best illustrate 'ERP in action' and help shed some light on the future of ERP in the world of manufacturing.

1.      IoT-friendly – Hyper-connected ERP gives manufacturers a new level of interoperability between core business processes, external data, IoT devices and third party applications. It's the power of IoT-enabled manufacturing ERP that syncs the back office with the shop floor. ERP systems supported by robust APIs (Application Program Interfaces) can easily receive data from sensors along an assembly line and issue real time alerts. For example, when a drill bit wears out, an ERP system integrated with an IoT solution can issue an order for a replacement part, and even request a service call.

IoT-enabled ERP can also power inventory control. One of Priority Software's customers, for example, produces glass bottles. Sensors on the production floor in this operation measure the exact weight and volume of each drop of liquid glass into a mold. In real-time, the system delivers this data to the ERP backend, instantly updating the inventory balance on the floor to enable accurate material cost calculations.

2.      Powered by AI – We're all familiar with Siri and Alexa to make phone calls, set alarms and search for information. This same AI-based technology can also be used to boost efficiency in manufacturing. A built-in, voice activated AI-powered personal assistant can provide manufacturers with convenient and easy-to-use tools to make more informed decisions based on more in-depth data analysis. Integrated AI tools can help streamline production processes by automatically analyzing shop floor data and pinpointing operational anomalies. Not having to manually analyze vast amounts of data to optimize manufacturing processes can save valuable time and costly resources.

3.      ERP agility – In the hybrid, hyper-connected world, fast and efficient production and equally fast turnaround time are top priorities for manufacturers. The pace of change is so quick that often companies cannot be sure what their business model will be or how their business processes will look in the next two to three years. ERP systems deployed for manufacturing must therefore support business agility in a constantly changing configuration of products, customers, partners and suppliers.

If you want to add a new product line, for example, a flexible ERP can enable users to create new product categories, names and specifications. Similarly, flexible ERP can support new business processes, such as customized authorization processes for different types of purchase orders. And when new business rules can be defined on the fly, flexible ERP systems can automatically send notifications to sales reps every time a new product comes off the assembly line, ready to be shipped. In turn, sales reps can then notify their customers in real time.

4.      Support for citizen developers – As defined by Gartner, “A citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” Ideally, internal IT teams, admins and even business users should be able to handle their own software applications, minimizing the dependency on third party vendors and ultimately, shortening the time required to implement system changes. The ERP system of the future needs to provide the tools that allows users to customize the system without the need for programming skills.

5.      Mobile ERP – Today's mobile ERP is already powered by a range of dedicated apps for Mobile Sales Force, Proof of Delivery, Warehouse and Mobile Service. ERP systems shouldn’t only enable users to access data on the go, they should also enable them to develop their own custom mobile apps quickly and easily.  

Mobile apps are becoming the 'must-have' tools to respond to real-time production changes. Immediate mobile access on the shop floor, for example, allows users to handle production line problems as they occur, reducing downtime and wasted materials. Using mobile apps, line managers can ensure operators are adhering to production schedules and issue maintenance orders, on-the-job instructions and even track material movement in real-time even when they are off site. Supervisors can easily access shared data while they're walking the shop floor and receive alerts and notifications on change work orders and the latest information about product availability, averting problems before they occur.

For manufacturers to keep pace with today's growing market trends and requirements, they need an ERP system that can connect devices, internal departments, suppliers, partners and customers in a single, easily accessible database. All too soon, using AI, ERP systems won’t simply log business processes, they'll actually make recommendations on how to improve them, becoming the real driving force behind the factory of the future.

Andres Richter is CEO of Priority Software.

 

https://www.manufacturing.net/article/2018/05/future-manufacturing-erp

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          May 2, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Get Registered: Innovation & Talent Pipeline Management: Two Focus Areas of MAST Annual Meeting Tomorrow Night

The Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting will be held tomorrow night Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Moon Brook Country Club, 2879 North Main Street, Jamestown. 

 

This year’s annual meeting will feature a presentation on Shift. Shift is a resource to help manufacturers start the process of identifying and investing in achievable and implementable technology. Shift is being offered through a partnership of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Inyste Consulting and Next Street.

 

Manufacturers are struggling to build their workforce. MAST is working hard to address this issues. At the MAST annual meeting, members will learn about a new resource through the association title talent pipeline management. Learn how talent pipeline management can help your business address its workforce needs.

 

The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 and the dinner begins at 6:30. Please RSVP by April 20th.

 

Click here to register.

 

 

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th to participate in the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action – Presented by JCC

This interactive, one-day training program is designed to improve the problem-solving skills of all employee levels in any industry – from health care and finance to human services and manufacturing – by providing an understanding of the processes and techniques for root cause analysis and effective corrective action. The course presents the methodology and tools for determining the root cause of non-conformances, which allows for implementation of corrective action to prevent the problem from occurring again. Concepts will be reinforced through group workshop exercises.

 

To register click here.

 

 

Technology

 

How to Improve Productivity in Manufacturing

Day-to-day productivity is critical to the success of any manufacturer. Industry professionals are quick to implement strategies in lean manufacturing and other proven methodologies when trying to improve their production numbers, but these systems aren't for everyone. In some cases, the initial confusion, new processes and complicated jargon added by such programs have the opposite effect on employees.

 

Click the following link to read more:

 

https://www.manufacturing.net/article/2018/04/how-improve-productivity-manufacturing

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          April 24, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Innovation & Talent Pipeline Management: Two Focus Areas of MAST Annual Meeting Thursday, May 3rd

The Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Moon Brook Country Club, 2879 North Main Street, Jamestown. 

 

This year’s annual meeting will feature a presentation on Shift. Shift is a resource to help manufacturers start the process of identifying and investing in achievable and implementable technology. Shift is being offered through a partnership of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Inyste Consulting and Next Street.

 

Manufacturers are struggling to build their workforce. MAST is working hard to address this issues. At the MAST annual meeting, members will learn about a new resource through the association title talent pipeline management. Learn how talent pipeline management can help your business address its workforce needs.

 

The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 and the dinner begins at 6:30. Please RSVP by April 20th.

 

Click here to register.

 

 

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th to participate in the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Start Building Your Talent Pipeline Today

 

The Manufacturers Association is providing a new service to help address the need for a skilled workforce. The Talent Pipeline Management initiative is a demand driven approach to help manufacturers close the skills gap. The initiative applies supply chain management principles positioning employers as the end customers of education and workforce partnerships. Tim Piazza is leading this initiative.

 

Timothy W. Piazza Ph.D. has spent all of his professional career in post-secondary education and manufacturing. Previously Tim was the Manager of Product Development for SKF Aeroengine North America.  In this position he was responsible for managing a team focused on new product development, and testing in cutting edge technologies, such as advanced materials, for insertion into aerospace applications. Prior to that position Timothy held the position of President of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a Division of the Cleaning Technologies Group LLC.  Before that he was the Manager of Research and Development Technology with SKF Aeroengine in Falconer, New York.  Timothy was also an Assistant Professor at Jamestown Community College where he helped found the Manufacturing Technology Institute.  Tim cut his teeth in manufacturing working for Costa Machine in Akron Ohio as a junior machinist.

 

Tim can be reached at 716-450-5836 or email to tpiazza@mast-wny.com

 

Technology

 

Six Transformative Technologies Impacting Manufacturing – Part I

Every industrial manufacturing company is looking to implement technologies to help them manufacture their products smarter, cheaper, better and faster. The question becomes, “Which technologies will transform my traditional factory into an Industry 4.0 factory?”

 

Click here to read the full article

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          April 11, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

MAST Annual Meeting

The Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Moon Brook Country Club, 2879 North Main Street, Jamestown. The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 and the dinner begins at 6:30. Please RSVP by April 20th.

 

Click here to register.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Manufacturers and MTI@JCC Tech Students – Meet & Greet

Dream It Do It, MAST and JCC will be hosting another ‘Meet and Greet’ on Wednesday April 18th from 10am-12pm at MTI@JCC, Jamestown location. This is an excellent venue to connect JCC technology students with local companies and has been successful in helping manufacturers fill job openings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with these graduating students and share information regarding your company and job opportunities. We look forward to working with you and making this event help meet your employment needs. For more information contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

DIDI

 

Girls in Manufacturing Summit: A Huge Success

A Girls in Manufacturing Summit organized by Dream It Do It Cattaraugus County Coordinator Evelyn Sabina and hosted at Jamestown Community, Olean, was held on March 24th and was a huge success. 38 girls, 27 mothers and grandmothers and 18 volunteers gathered together at the summit. The summit included guest speakers, and workshops. The workshops included sessions on marketing, information technology, science activities, lean manufacturing, CNC and welding technology and information about starting a business. A fifth grader from Hinsdale stated, “I love manufacturing because I am learning so much about it.” The Girls in Manufacturing Initiative is being made possible through a grant provided by the Appalachian Region Commission.

 

 

Technology

 

Manufacturing Efficiently at a Micron Level

Grinding very small-diameter instruments for use in medical procedures is a niche business for this micro-grinding machine manufacturers. The company makes machines that use a variety of grinding techniques to manufacture guidewires for the medical industry.

 

Click here for the full article

 

Health Insurance Cost Containment

 

NY SHOP – Small Business Health Care Tax Credits

New York State of Health recently announced changes to their Small Business Market Place (NYSOH SHOP) that will allow small employers to enroll directly through issuers and brokers while still receiving federal small business tax credits, if eligible.

 

The objectives for this change are to:

  • Make it easier for small employers to access federal tax credits
  • Make participating in SHOP easier for users
  • Align SHOP enrollment processes with outside small group marketplace

 

NYSOH SHOP will continue to certify plans for sale through SHOP, maintain a website that displays and compares plans available through SHOP, and provide employer eligibility determinations needed to claim Small Business Health Care Tax Credits.

 

NYSOH SHOP will discontinue employee eligibility determinations, online enrollment functionality/enrollment coordination with issuers, and premium billing/collection. 

For small employers currently enrolled with NYSOH SHOP the above changes will not take effect until your next renewal.  Example, your plan year started February 1, 2018 – these changes will not impact you until your February 1, 2019 renewal.

 

Beginning April 1, 2018 small employers were able start to obtain a 2018 SHOP employer eligibility determination for Small Business Health Care Tax Credits from NYSOH.  These changes allow small employers purchasing coverage through Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce either through our private Bright Choices Exchange obtain a tax credit determination.

 

For assistance please contact Kevin Sixbey, Director of Insurance Services MAST/CCCC for more information.

 

None of the above mentioned changes will affect the NYSOH Individual Marketplace.

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit:  https://www.irs.gov/affordable-care-act/employers/small-business-health-care-tax-credit-and-the-shop-marketplace

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          April 6, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Dear Members, I apologize that this MAST Morning Memo was not received in your inbox on Wednesday. I am out of town in Austin Texas learning about collective impact and systems change and how we can utilize best practices from across the nation and the globe to better align our educational resources to meet the challenges we face in our corner of the world. What is systems change? In a nutshell it is about shifting the conditions that maintain the problems. I am hopeful some of the insightful things that I have learned can be put to good use. In the meantime I will also be enjoying some more Tex Mex and Barbecue! See you all soon.

 

Global Economy & Trade

 

Exemption from Tariffs Available to Some Manufacturers

Some manufacturers in the region have expressed concern pertaining to the impact that proposed tariff increases will have on their raw materials and components included in their products. The U.S Department of Commerce issued a tariff exclusion policy on March 18th.

 

Click on the link below for the notice of the tariff exclusion policy notice

 

https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2018/03/us-department-commerce-announces-steel-and-aluminum-tariff-exclusion

 

Here are additional links to specific details pertaining to the exemption:

Steel: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/232-steel

Aluminum: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/232-aluminum

 

In addition questions regarding the steel tariff exemption can email steel232@bis.doc.gov or call 202-482-5642 and firms with questions regarding the aluminum tariff exemptions should contact aluminum232@bis.doc.gov or 202-482-4757.

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th to participate in the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

MAST Can Help You Fund a Student

MAST is dedicated to helping our members develop a skilled workforce. Recognizing that some employers may not have readily available training funds to support student scholarships, MAST has developed a revolving loan fund for its members. The purpose of the fund is to empower member manufacturers to incentivize individuals to participate in technical training programs. This loan program will be attached to specific cohort training opportunities as approved by the Manufactures Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) board of directors. The MAST board has attached the fund to the Industrial Equipment Technology program for fall 2018 enrollment.

 

The fund is designed to help MAST members who have 200 or less employees. The fund can be used to fund up to two student scholarships for up to $7,000 per student.

 

To learn more about the revolving loan fund contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Build Your Workforce through AMP

Jamestown Community College in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP has been developed and deployed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP) is an innovative approach to meeting the workforce needs of employers in the region. The AMP program at Jamestown Community College offers participating high school students a fully funded education, paid work experience, and a SUNY JCC certificate.

 

The focus of AMP for 2018-2019 is the Industrial Equipment Technology (IET) certificate. Employers have identified a need for industrial maintenance technicians. The IET certificate was built to address this growing need of employers. The goal is to launch the program simultaneously at the JCC Jamestown and JCC Olean campuses in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students.

 

This is a great opportunity for employers to develop skilled industrial maintenance workers. Employer participation in this program is essential to its success. Employers participating will provide mentoring, part-time employment and scholarship support. Participating employers will assist in the student selection process. In return participating employers get a highly skilled employee who through this process has become acquainted with the employer’s workplace, co-workers, policies, culture and expectations. Reach out today to participate by contacting Jeff Teluk at JeffTeluk@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

Click here for more information click on the link below:

 

https://www.sunyjcc.edu/academics/manufacturing-technology-institute/advanced-manufacturing-partnerships

 

 

Manufacturers and MTI@JCC Tech Students – Meet & Greet

Dream It Do It, MAST and JCC will be hosting another ‘Meet and Greet’ on Wednesday April 18th from 10am-12pm at MTI@JCC, Jamestown location. This is an excellent venue to connect JCC technology students with local companies and has been successful in helping manufacturers fill job openings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with these graduating students and share information regarding your company and job opportunities. We look forward to working with you and making this event help meet your employment needs. For more information contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

 

 

Technology

 

Manufacturing Minute: NASA Test Fires A 3D Printed Rocket Nozzle

Researchers at NASA, in partnership with Keystone Synergistic, are working on a trio of new additive and milling technologies in order to construct a 3D-printed rocket nozzle that has a simpler design and can still withstand extreme temperatures.

 

Click on the link below to learn more.

 

http://manufacturingminute.manufacturing.net/detail/videos/manufacturing-minute/video/5762970323001/manufacturing-minute:-nasa-test-fires-a-3d-printed-rocket-nozzle?autoStart=true

 

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          March 28, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Advocacy

 

Advancing a Manufacturing Agenda

A local team of manufacturers spent March 21st in the halls of the state capital discussing the needs of manufacturers with Assembly and Senate Members from across the state.  During the eleventh annual event of the Manufacturing Alliance of New York State (MANY) our local team joined with manufacturers from throughout New York State and met with forty legislators and senators.

 

Our focus was on advocacy about the importance of manufacturing to New York State. Manufacturing in New York, produces $71.4 billion in total output and employs over 450,000 workers at an average compensation of $74,579. Manufacturing is an extremely important component of the New York Economy. Our goal during the discussions was to advance policy changes pertaining to energy, human resource, taxes and workforce development. Core to our objective is to build an economic environment in New York State where manufacturers can compete globally.

 

Through a unified voice and face to face engagement with elected officials we worked on opposing fees and assessments associated with purchasing energy, reducing worker’s compensation costs, implementing a zero percent income tax on manufacturers who are organized as ‘pass through’ corporations and encouraging investment in apprenticeship programming.

 

During our discussions in Albany there was a great deal of focus on workforce development. It has long been clear that a trained workforce is a priority of manufacturers in our region. Through the experience of partnering and speaking with manufacturing groups from across New York State it is clear that workforce development is a priority for them as well. Based on data from the National Association of Manufacturers retaining and developing a skilled workforce is one of the most significant challenges across the region. We would pose that a lack of skilled workforce is the greatest impediment to our ability to compete globally. If we are to be globally competitive we must build a workforce for the future and reduce the structural costs of doing business in New York State.

 

Manufacturers Lobby for 0 Percent Income Tax Rate During Visit to Capitol

Heather and Ricky Turner bought a Jamestown sheet metal fabricator four years ago. Since then, they have dealt with the costs of doing business in New York State.

 

Their company, Blackstone Advanced Technology, in western New York, is less than 10 miles north of Pennsylvania, Ricky Turner said he thinks about relocating the business across the state line, especially with the higher workers' compensation costs he faces.

 

"I think about moving every year," Turner said. "I'm 10 miles from the border and I compare the costs if my organization was in PA versus in New York, and the difference is 800 percent. That's hundreds of thousands of dollars that I can't invest in my people or my equipment."

 

Click here for more information

 

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Start Building Your Talent Pipeline Today

 

The Manufacturers Association is providing a new service to help address the need for a skilled workforce. The Talent Pipeline Management initiative is a demand driven approach to help manufacturers close the skills gap. The initiative applies supply chain management principles positioning employers as the end customers of education and workforce partnerships. Tim Piazza is leading this initiative.

 

Timothy W. Piazza Ph.D. has spent all of his professional career in post-secondary education and manufacturing. Previously Tim was the Manager of Product Development for SKF Aeroengine North America.  In this position he was responsible for managing a team focused on new product development, and testing in cutting edge technologies, such as advanced materials, for insertion into aerospace applications. Prior to that position Timothy held the position of President of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a Division of the Cleaning Technologies Group LLC.  Before that he was the Manager of Research and Development Technology with SKF Aeroengine in Falconer, New York.  Timothy was also an Assistant Professor at Jamestown Community College where he helped found the Manufacturing Technology Institute.  Tim cut his teeth in manufacturing working for Costa Machine in Akron Ohio as a junior machinist.

 

Tim can be reached at 716-450-5836 or email to tpiazza@mast-wny.com

 

Technology

Researchers Use 3D Printing To Create Metallic Glass Alloys in Bulk

Researchers have now demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology, opening the door to a variety of applications – such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.

 

Click here for more information

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          March 21, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Piazza to Lead Effort to Manage Talent Pipeline

Timothy W. Piazza Ph.D. is the new Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.  He has spent all of his professional career in post-secondary education and manufacturing.

 

Previously Tim was the Manager of Product Development for SKF Aeroengine North America.  In this position he was responsible for managing a team focused on new product development, and testing in cutting edge technologies, such as advanced materials, for insertion into aerospace applications.

 

Prior to that position Timothy held the position of President of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a Division of the Cleaning Technologies Group LLC.  Before that he was the Manager of Research and Development Technology with SKF Aeroengine in Falconer, New York.  Timothy was also an Assistant Professor at Jamestown Community College where he helped found the Manufacturing Technology Institute.  Tim cut his teeth in manufacturing working for Costa Machine in Akron Ohio as a junior machinist.  Few things make him happier than the smell of coolant, and the making of chips.

 

Timothy, a lifelong resident of Jamestown, is married to an incredibly beautiful and talented wife who smells quite good and is a pre-K teacher at SWCS.  He has a nine-year-old son who luckily takes after his mother.  Tim attended Jamestown Community College, SUNY Albany and the State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics.

 

If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship program at or your company or you have job openings contact Tim. Tim can be reached at 716-450-5836.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

STEM Wars Set for May 10th

STEM Wars has been rescheduled to May 10th.

 

STEM Wars brings together students from Middle School to High School to participate in a fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions.

 

The Elite Sponsor of STEM Wars is MATCO Tools. This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is produced with support from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). Additional sponsors include Clark Patterson Lee as Video Sponsors, Monofrax, Weber Knapp, Nestle Purina, Excelco/Newbrook, Cummins JEP, Fancher Chair, Bailey Manufacturing Company and Truck-Lite as Gold Sponsors, Artone LCC, Allen Industrial Sales and The Resource Center Allied Division as Silver Sponsors and Blackstone Advanced Technology, Jamestown Container and Ripley Machine & tool as Bronze Sponsors.

 

STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

Click here to sign up for STEM Wars.

 

 

Cattaraugus & Allegany County Girls in Manufacturing Summit – March 24

An exciting schedule has been set for the Girls in Manufacturing Summit. Here is the run down:

 

Saturday,March 24th, 2018

9:00 Registration

9:15 Speakers

 

• Lori Cornell, Governor Cuomo’s office

 

• Mary Deegan-Collins, SolEpoxy

 

• Elise Griffiths, Professor DIDI, SolEpoxy

 

• Christine Otto, Cutco

 

10:00 Activities - Rotation

 

• 3D Printing

 

• Mechanical Engineering

 

• CNC and Welding

 

• Mad Science

 

12:00 Lunch

• Guest - Kayte Malik, CEO of Dresscode, Chicago

 

1:00 Surprise!!

  • Chemistry Demonstration

 

For more information call Evelyn Sabina at 716-307-8731 or esabina@didiwny.com

 

 

Technology

An Engineer’s Dream: GE Unveils A Huge 3D Printer For Metals

When Mohammad Ehteshami talks about 3D printing, he often mentions his “epiphany of disruption,” the moment he realized that additive manufacturing will upend how companies design and make things. “I remember that day like today,” Ehteshami said. “I was excited but also disturbed. I knew that we found a solution, but I also saw that this technology could eliminate what we’ve done for years and years and put a lot of pressure on our financial model.”

 

Click here for more information

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          March 14, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Build Your Workforce through AMP

Jamestown Community College in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP has been developed and deployed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP) is an innovative approach to meeting the workforce needs of employers in the region. The AMP program at Jamestown Community College offers participating high school students a fully funded education, paid work experience, and a SUNY JCC certificate.

 

The focus of AMP for 2018-2019 is the Industrial Equipment Technology (IET) certificate. Employers have identified a need for industrial maintenance technicians. The IET certificate was built to address this growing need of employers. The goal is to launch the program simultaneously at the JCC Jamestown and JCC Olean campuses in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students.

 

This is a great opportunity for employers to develop skilled industrial maintenance workers. Employer participation in this program is essential to its success. Employers participating will provide mentoring, part-time employment and scholarship support. Participating employers will assist in the student selection process. In return participating employers get a highly skilled employee who through this process has become acquainted with the employer’s workplace, co-workers, policies, culture and expectations. Reach out today to participate by contacting Jeff Teluk at JeffTeluk@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Global Economy & Trade

 

Trade Adjustment Assistance Center Can Help You Compete Globally

Since 1978, the New York State Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NYS TAAC) has helped over 1200 New York firms to recover from the effects of foreign com­petition and has provided more than $53 million in assistance. If your company has experienced increased foreign competition, a decline in sales or production, and a de­cline or impending decline in employment, the NYS TAAC may be able to help improve your competitive position in today’s global economy.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

P-TECH Academy Brings Hope to Manufacturers

Manufacturers in our region are clamoring for skilled workers, and rightfully so. In the five county region of Western New York manufacturers produce 25.5 billion dollars in shipments and 3.5 billion in payroll. Manufacturing remains a backbone of our regional economy. The average manufacturing worker earn $82,000 annually including pay and benefits and manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers eligible for health insurance benefits.  Yet, it is estimated that 17,000 advanced manufacturing jobs will open through the year 2020 in Western New York.  This is where P-TECH is stepping in to help meet a variety of needs.

 

P-TECH offers a project-based learning environment which specializes in training students in a continuum through high school into an Associate’s Degree program.  Students commit to a multi-year immersion experience, remaining enrolled in their home school district, while completing their Regents Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science Degrees in welding technology or mechanical technology with specialization in CAD or machine tooling from Jamestown Community College.

The Western New York P-TECH Academy which started in 2015 with the first cohort is clearly going to be integral to providing an excellent, good paying career pathway to students in the region and supporting the needs of the manufacturing economy. Manufacturers across our region have had the opportunity to meet with the P-TECH students and these students have brought hope around the future of the workforce. The feedback from manufacturers has been extremely positive. Manufacturers are impressed with the skills these students are acquiring, their level of professionalism, their work ethic and their thoughtful questions regarding manufacturing.

 

We commend the efforts of Dunkirk City School District and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES as the lead implementation agencies along with Jamestown Community College as the higher education partner. The P-TECH Academy has been an extremely successful public, private and educational initiative and we are proud to be part of the effort.

 

The development of the P-TECH program has required the alignment of a variety of organizations in the region. Including in that alignment are 27 component school districts that are eligible to send students to the program. It is incumbent upon all of us as residents, parents, educational leaders, counselors, teachers, school board members and manufacturers to help as many students as possible have access to the P-TECH program and maximize the potential of this very important initiative.

 

The WNY P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy officially opened with a high energy dedication March 7.  We eagerly anticipate growth in this program and ask any students, parents, educators, or manufacturers to investigate the benefits of a P-TECH education. For more information or to get involved, contact Principal Stephen Ruszczyk, at (716) 672-3144.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

The Manufacturing Economy

 

Economic Report

Manufacturers added 31,000 workers in February, and revisions in the December and January data increased employment in the sector by 28,000 in total from previous estimates. As such, the latest jobs numbers confirm that the labor market has tightened significantly, with manufacturers increasing employment by a rather robust 18,876 per month on average since the end of 2016. That is quite a turnaround from the sluggish job growth in 2016, and it is a sign that firms have continued to accelerate their hiring as the economic outlook has strengthened and demand and production have improved considerably. Indeed, manufacturers have told us that challenges in recruiting new workers is their primary business concern right now.

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Technology

 

RFID and Lean Manufacturing are a Perfect Pair

Companies that know manufacturing know lean is the way to go. But even lean operations might have some work to do if they’re not using the right tools.

As far as advanced technology goes in the manufacturing sector, RFID is actually pretty simple. For just pennies each, radio frequency identification tags, or chips, can enhance your top-down understanding of everything happening in your manufacturing outfit and make your lean operation even leaner still.

Click here for more information

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          March 7, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

DIDI Clubs are Inspiring Young Minds

The Dream It Do It mission is to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering manufacturing careers. A critical component to bringing that mission to reality in energizing the talent pipeline. Dream It Do It has launched clubs across the region are inspiring young mind and contributing to an energized talent pipeline. In both Cattaraugus County and Chautauqua County Dream It Do It (DIDI) has launched clubs and they are off to a successful start. The clubs are designed to raise awareness of manufacturing and STEM related careers in the region as well as skill requirements, workplaces and educational and career pathways. The clubs will help improve the perception of manufacturing and manufacturing careers. These clubs will help students increase their confidence and purpose in study of STEM related courses. Importantly these clubs will help encourage students to stay in our region to fill career opportunities.

 

In Cattaraugus County approximately 75 girls have signed up to participate in DIDI Girls in Manufacturing Clubs in Olean, Hinsdale, Portville, Cuba-Rushford and Allegany-Limestone. Teachers have developed exciting and varied curricula to introduce girls to careers in advanced manufacturing. These clubs are focused on encouraging girls to expand their skills in science, technology, math and the arts. The club members participate in a wide range activities such as tours, competitions, project work and meetings with female role models from industry.

 

To learn more about Girls in Manufacturing Clubs in Cattaraugus County click here.

 

Contact Evelyn Sabina at esabina@didiwny.com to learn more about DIDI Girls In Manufacturing Clubs in Cattaraugus County and how you can participate.

 

 

In Chautauqua County approximately 60 students have signed up to participate in clubs. The clubs are designed to raise awareness of manufacturing and STEM career opportunities. The club members will convene and work on projects, participate in local competitions, practice interview skills, participate in job shadowing and be mentored by people from industry.

 

Contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@didiwny.com to learn more about DIDI Clubs in Chautauqua County and how you can participate.

 

 

STEM Wars to Host Over 800 Students Next Week

Next Wednesday over 800 students will assemble at Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College to participate in STEM Wars.

 

STEM Wars brings together students from Middle School to High School to participate in a fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions.

 

MATCO has signed on as the Elite Sponsor of STEM Wars. This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is produced with support from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). Additional sponsors include Clark Patterson Lee as Video Sponsors, Monofrax, Weber Knapp, Nestle Purina, Excelco/Newbrook, Cummins JEP, Fancher Chair, Bailey Manufacturing Company and Truck-Lite as Gold Sponsors, Artone LCC, Allen Industrial Sales and The Resource Center Allied Division as Silver Sponsors and Blackstone Advanced Technology, Jamestown Container and Ripley Machine & tool as Bronze Sponsors.

 

STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

 

Workforce Development

 

JCC Creates Innovative Training Model to Address Workforce Needs of Manufacturers

Jamestown Community College in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP has been developed and deployed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP) is an innovative approach to meeting the workforce needs of employers in the region. The AMP program at Jamestown Community College offers participating high school students a fully funded education, paid work experience, and a SUNY JCC certificate.

 

The focus of AMP for 2018-2019 is the Industrial Equipment Technology (IET) certificate. Employers have identified a need for industrial maintenance technicians. The IET certificate was built to address this growing need of employers. The goal is to launch the program simultaneously at the JCC Jamestown and JCC Olean campuses in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students.

 

This is a great opportunity for employers to develop skilled industrial maintenance workers. Employer participation in this program is essential to its success. Employers participating will provide mentoring, part-time employment and scholarship support. Participating employers will assist in the student selection process. In return participating employers get a highly skilled employee who through this process has become acquainted with the employer’s workplace, co-workers, policies, culture and expectations. Reach out today to participate by contacting Jeff Teluk at JeffTeluk@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

Click here to learn more about AMP.

 

 

Safety In the Manufacturing Workplace

 

JCC Offers 10 Hour OSHA General Industry Training

This 10-hour General Industry training covers OSHA’s required curriculum for worker safety instruction, including hazard identification, accident prevention and worker rights & responsibilities. An authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer facilitates the training. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive OSHA’s 10-Hour General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Training card. The program will help companies reduce costly accidents and the risk of OSHA citations, fines and penalties by teaching employees to assess risk, improve safety awareness and prevent accidents. Course topics include introduction to OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls Protection, Fire Prevention/Egress/Emergency Action Plans, Electrical (Lock Out/Tag Out), Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication (GHS), Machine Guarding, Ergonomics/Safe Lifting, and elements of an effective Safety & Health Program.
Jamestown Campus – #3980
March 26 &  March 27 (10 hours)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Catharine Jackson Carnahan Building, Multipurpose Room A
$99

Please call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 338-1005 or visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ce/categories/2/courses#safety

 

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th for the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

MAST Launches Revolving Loan Training Fund To Support Scholarships

MAST is dedicated to helping our members develop a skilled workforce. Recognizing that some employers may not have readily available training funds to support student scholarships, MAST has developed a revolving loan fund for its members. The purpose of the fund is to empower member manufacturers to incentivize individuals to participate in technical training programs. This loan program will be attached to specific cohort training opportunities as approved by the Manufactures Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) board of directors. The MAST board has attached the fund to the Industrial Equipment Technology program for fall 2018 enrollment.

 

The fund is designed to help MAST members who have 200 or less employees. The fund can be used to fund up to two student scholarships for up to $7,000 per student.

 

To learn more about the revolving loan fund contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          February 28, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Join Us on Manufacturing Advocacy Day March 21st – Help Us Advance the Issues that Concern Manufacturers

Mark your calendar for March 21st to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Build Your Workforce: JCC Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Training Initiative

Jamestown Community College in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP has been developed and deployed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP) program at Jamestown Community College offers participating high school students a fully funded education, paid work experience, and a SUNY JCC certificate. The focus of AMP for 2018-2019 is the Industrial Equipment Technology (IET) certificate. Employers have identified a need for industrial maintenance technicians. The IET certificate was built to address this growing need of employers. The goal is to launch the program simultaneously at the JCC Jamestown and JCC Olean campuses in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students.

 

This is a great opportunity for employers to develop skilled industrial maintenance workers. Employer participation in this program is essential to its success. Employers participating will provide mentoring, part-time employment and scholarship support. Participating employers will assist in the student selection process. In return participating employers get a highly skilled employee who through this process has become acquainted with the employer’s workplace, co-workers, policies, culture and expectations. Reach out today to participate by contacting Jeff Teluk at JeffTeluk@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

Click here to learn more about AMP.

 

 

Member News

 

Monofrax Featured in an International Publication

Monofrax located in Falconer, NY was recently featured in the American Ceramic Society bulletin as the feature article.

 

The Monofrax plant was established in 1948 by The Carborundum Company to manufacture fused-cast refractories. Over its nearly 70 years of history, Monofrax employees have developed the know-how to produce more than a dozen product compositions. These materials are successfully used for glass melting, steel reheat, electrolytic reduction cells for smelting light metals, coal gasification, nuclear waste vitrification and black liquor gasification.

 

Click here to access the article

 

Click here to learn more about Monofrax

 

 

Safety In the Manufacturing Workplace

 

JCC Offers 10 Hour OSHA General Industry Training

This 10-hour General Industry training covers OSHA’s required curriculum for worker safety instruction, including hazard identification, accident prevention and worker rights & responsibilities. An authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer facilitates the training. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive OSHA’s 10-Hour General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Training card. The program will help companies reduce costly accidents and the risk of OSHA citations, fines and penalties by teaching employees to assess risk, improve safety awareness and prevent accidents. Course topics include introduction to OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls Protection, Fire Prevention/Egress/Emergency Action Plans, Electrical (Lock Out/Tag Out), Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication (GHS), Machine Guarding, Ergonomics/Safe Lifting, and elements of an effective Safety & Health Program.
Jamestown Campus – #3980
March 26 &  March 27 (10 hours)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Catharine Jackson Carnahan Building, Multipurpose Room A
$99

Please call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 338-1005 or visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ce/categories/2/courses#safety

 

The Impact of Opioids on Manufacturing

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation released groundbreaking research on the intersection of the opioid crisis and manufacturing, “Ignorance Isn’t Bliss. The Impace of Opiods on Manufacturing.” While many are forecasting U.S. manufacturing to return to its global dominance, the drug crisis is poised to be a drag on U.S. competitiveness.

 

Click here for more information

 

Member Services & Events

 

MAST Launches Revolving Loan Training Fund To Support Scholarships

MAST is dedicated to helping our members develop a skilled workforce. Recognizing that some employers may not have readily available training funds to support student scholarships, MAST has developed a revolving loan fund for its members. The purpose of the fund is to empower member manufacturers to incentivize individuals to participate in technical training programs. This loan program will be attached to specific cohort training opportunities as approved by the Manufactures Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) board of directors. The MAST board has attached the fund to the Industrial Equipment Technology program for fall 2018 enrollment.

 

The fund is designed to help MAST members who have 200 or less employees. The fund can be used to fund up to two student scholarships for up to $7,000 per student.

 

To learn more about the revolving loan fund contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

www.mast-wny.com

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          February 21, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Build Your Workforce: JCC Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Training Initiative

Jamestown Community College in partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). AMP has been developed and deployed in response to employer demand for a skilled workforce.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (AMP) program at Jamestown Community College offers participating high school students a fully funded education, paid work experience, and a SUNY JCC certificate. The focus of AMP for 2018-2019 is the Industrial Equipment Technology (IET) certificate. Employers have identified a need for industrial maintenance technicians. The IET certificate was built to address this growing need of employers. The goal is to launch the program simultaneously at the JCC Jamestown and JCC Olean campuses in the fall of 2018 with a total of 30 students.

 

This is a great opportunity for employers to develop skilled industrial maintenance workers. Employer participation in this program is essential to its success. Employers participating will provide mentoring, part-time employment and scholarship support. Participating employers will assist in the student selection process. In return participating employers get a highly skilled employee who through this process has become acquainted with the employer’s workplace, co-workers, policies, culture and expectations. Reach out today to participate by contacting Jeff Teluk at JeffTeluk@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

Click here to learn more about AMP.

 

Manufacturers and MTI@JCC Tech Students – Meet & Greet

Dream It Do It, MAST and JCC will be hosting another ‘Meet and Greet’ on Wednesday April 18th from 10am-12pm at MTI@JCC, Jamestown location. This is an excellent venue to connect JCC technology students with local companies and has been successful in helping manufacturers fill job openings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with these graduating students and share information regarding your company and job opportunities. We look forward to working with you and making this event help meet your employment needs. For more information contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

MAST Launches Revolving Loan Training Fund To Support Scholarships

MAST is dedicated to helping our members develop a skilled workforce. Recognizing that some employers may not have readily available training funds to support student scholarships, MAST has developed a revolving loan fund for its members. The purpose of the fund is to empower member manufacturers to incentivize individuals to participate in technical training programs. This loan program will be attached to specific cohort training opportunities as approved by the Manufactures Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) board of directors. The MAST board has attached the fund to the Industrial Equipment Technology program for fall 2018 enrollment.

 

The fund is designed to help MAST members who have 200 or less employees. The fund can be used to fund up to two student scholarships for up to $7,000 per student.

 

To learn more about the revolving loan fund contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com

 

Sign Up for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th for the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

To register contact Steve Myers at steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716.581.0321

 

 

MAST Seeks Talent Pipeline Manager & Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

The Manufacturers Association has an open position for a Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. This position will provide oversight and direction for the MAST New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program and management of the MAST talent pipeline initiative. This position will oversee implementation of the apprenticeship program including development, preparation and monitoring of program budgets, contracts and agreements. This position will manage the talent pipeline around the shared needs of manufacturers in the region, overseeing demand planning and continuously identifying job positions that are in high demand. This position will create strong partnerships with training institutions and recruit students to specific job openings in the region.

 

For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Manufacturing Advocacy Day is March 21st – Help Us Advance the Issues that Concern Manufacturers

Mark your calendar for March 21st to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          February 14, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

Dream It Do It

 

Girls In Manufacturing Initiative Launches in Region

Dream It Do It Western New York has launched the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing to increase the number of girls that participate in STEM programming and to inspire and encourage girls ages 9-14 to consider advanced manufacturing career pathways. The program will leverage existing best practices, enhance curriculum, build new hands-on workshops, develop group activities, secure and integrate mobile 3-D printing technology into learning opportunities and align female role models and mentors with girls interested in manufacturing careers. The program is being funded through a grant provided by the Appalachian Region Commission. The program is being facilitated in Allegany and Cattaraugus County by Evelyn Sabina esabina@didiwny.com and in Chautauqua County by Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@didiwny.com. Please reach out to our DIDI coordinators Evelyn and Jehuu if you have any questions or would like to participate.

 

 

MATCO Signs On As Elite Sponsor for STEM Wars

MATCO Tools has signed on as the Elite Sponsor for STEM Wars. MATCO is a U.S based professional tool distributor. The MATCO manufacturing facility located in Lakewood produces high quality toolboxes. MATCO is recognized as a top-rated innovator in the tool manufacturing. MATCO’s local facility has a long standing tradition of manufacturing top quality tool boxes.

 

STEM Wars will bring together students from Middle School to High School to participate in a fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions. STEM Wars will be held in the Physical Education Complex at the Jamestown Community College Jamestown Campus, March 14th from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. To register your company please continue on to complete the following form!

 

This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is produced with support from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). Additional sponsors include Clark Patterson Lee as Video Sponsors, Monofrax, Weber Knapp, Nestle Purina, Excelco/Newbrook, Cummins JEP, Fancher Chair, Bailey Manufacturing Company and Truck-Lite as Gold Sponsors, Artone LCC, Allen Industrial Sales and The Resource Center Allied Division as Silver Sponsors and Blackstone Advanced Technology, Jamestown Container and Ripley Machine & tool as Bronze Sponsors.

 

STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

Click here to sign up for STEM Wars.

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Job Opening at MAST

The Manufacturers Association has an open position for a Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. This position will provide oversight and direction for the MAST New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program and management of the MAST talent pipeline initiative. This position will oversee implementation of the apprenticeship program including development, preparation and monitoring of program budgets, contracts and agreements. This position will manage the talent pipeline around the shared needs of manufacturers in the region, overseeing demand planning and continuously identifying job positions that are in high demand. This position will create strong partnerships with training institutions and recruit students to specific job openings in the region.

 

For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

Want to Start an Apprenticeship Program?

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship program? Are you interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how they can help you address your workforce needs? Call the Manufacturers Association and let us help. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will be the regional sponsor of New York State Manufacturers Alliance Intermediary Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to streamline and simplify the development and registration process associated with traditional apprenticeships. The program is another tool to help address the skills gap in the region. Working together with the Manufacturers Alliance, Tooling U-SME, area colleges and training institutions and the NYS DOL, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will help manufacturer’s access instruction, training outlines and assist in managing the learning process. The apprenticeships incorporate competency based assessme4nts to “fast track” experiences workers which may shorten the traditional training period. For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Manufacturers and MTI@JCC Tech Students – Meet & Greet

Dream It Do It, MAST and JCC will be hosting another ‘Meet and Greet’ on Wednesday April 18th from 10am-12pm at MTI@JCC, Jamestown location. This is an excellent venue to connect JCC technology students with local companies and has been successful in helping manufacturers fill job openings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with these graduating students and share information regarding your company and job opportunities. We look forward to working with you and making this event help meet your employment needs. For more information contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

MAST Advocates for State Tax Cuts for Manufacturers

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier through the Manufacturers Alliance of the New York State is seeking to eliminate the individual income tax for small and medium sized manufacturers organized as S corporations, LLCs, partnerships or sole proprietorships. These types of corporations are commonly referred to as ‘pass through’ entities, where the entity owners are required to pay income taxes on the annual business earnings.

 

This is an effort to level the playing field for all manufacturers. In 2014 the legislature and Governor enacted a zero percent corporate franchise tax rate for manufacturers organized as C-corps. This provided significant tax relief for large manufacturers. Yet, many of New York’s small to medium sized manufacturers, which represent 75% of manufacturers, did not benefit from this zero percent rate.

 

We believe these efforts will help make our manufacturers more competitive in a global economy.

 

Join Us and Make a Difference In Albany - Manufacturing Advocacy Day is March 21st.

Mark your calendar for March 21st to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          February 7, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Tax Strategy

 

Is Your Cost Accounting System Costing You Money?

By: Jonathan P. Herdlein, CPA, principal, The Bonadio Group

 

Cost accounting can be a real drag. You don’t see immediate results, and the effort to get it right can seem Herculean at times, but good cost accounting systems are worth their weight in gold. The results of inaccurate cost accounting systems can be pursuing product lines or customers that are either marginally profitable, or worse yet, are actually unprofitable.

 

Many manufacturers have developed overhead rates that are being used long after their “best if used by” dates. The reasons for this include the thought that inflation isn’t all that significant, so how much different can the rate be from last year, and besides it’s so much work to update the rate. After a while, you find the rate hasn’t been updated in a few years and then your costing system has slid into ineffectiveness. Also, cost drivers tend to not be examined that often. Some manufacturers have always used labor hours as cost drivers, so they do not even consider that the significant capital expenditures they have made in the business make the more plausible cost driver machine hours. In standard costing systems, standards are sometimes not updated as often as they should be for some of the same reasons.

 

Do you have underutilized capacity in your plant? If yes, has this been captured in your overhead rate and your standards? If not, then you may have a significant problem. Have overhead rates and standards not been updated as often as they should be because of constraints within your accounting and management personnel? Are you having issues determining which product lines and customers are most profitable?

 

Here is a brief refresher on the basics of cost accounting, and some of the pitfalls to try to avoid.

 

The components of product costs are direct materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overhead.

 

Cost accounting systems can be broken down into essentially two types, job and standard. Job costing systems attempt to apply actual direct material and direct labor costs to a manufactured product. Manufacturing overhead is applied based on a rate per cost driver. Standard costing systems apply direct materials, direct labor, and manufacturing overhead to the cost of a manufactured product based on standards calculated by management.

 

Direct materials

Direct materials are the raw materials a manufacturer uses to produce a product. In a job costing system, there is an attempt to assign the actual cost of the direct materials to the product being produced. In a standard costing system, a standard is developed and the cost to produce the manufactured product is assigned to the product at standard. The standard material cost is determined based on past experience as to how much material is used to produce the product, including an allowance for scrap, multiplied by the price that the manufacturer is paying for the material. In a standard costing system, if there are physical issues with materials or new production methods that are causing unexpected scrap issues, the standard may need to be reassessed more often than is normal. The same goes for significant price changes for direct materials.

 

Direct labor

Direct labor costs relate to the employees who manufacture your products. These costs include not only wages, but also payroll taxes and fringe benefits. In a job costing system, there is an attempt to assign the actual cost of the direct labor to the product being produced. The standard labor cost is determined based on past experience as to how much time is used to produce the product multiplied by the wage that the manufacturer is paying for the labor. In a standard costing system, if there are new production methods or personnel that are causing unexpected scrap issues, the standard may need to be reassessed more often than is normal.

 

Manufacturing overhead

Manufacturing overhead consists of those costs that are required in order to produce a product, but are not traceable to the product directly. These costs include utilities, rent, property taxes, indirect materials, and indirect labor. In a job costing system there is an attempt to assign the actual cost of the manufacturing overhead, possibly based on budgeted amounts, to the product being produced via a standard rate multiplied by a cost driver, with total cost driver units possibly based on a budget. The standard manufacturing overhead cost is determined based on budgeted manufacturing costs divided by budgeted production quantities. The determination of overhead rates can be complicated in either costing system.

A qualified CPA team can analyze your current system and assist in expanding your costing systems’ capabilities and accuracy to allow you to make better management decisions and maximize profits.

 

For more information contact Jo Herdlein at jherdlein@bonadio.com or call 716-250-7828

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Job Opening at MAST

The Manufacturers Association has an open position for a Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. This position will provide oversight and direction for the MAST New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program and management of the MAST talent pipeline initiative. This position will oversee implementation of the apprenticeship program including development, preparation and monitoring of program budgets, contracts and agreements. This position will manage the talent pipeline around the shared needs of manufacturers in the region, overseeing demand planning and continuously identifying job positions that are in high demand. This position will create strong partnerships with training institutions and recruit students to specific job openings in the region.

 

For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Manufacturers and MTI@JCC Tech Students – Meet & Greet

Dream It Do It, MAST and JCC will be hosting another ‘Meet and Greet’ on Wednesday April 18th from 10am-12pm at MTI@JCC, Jamestown location. This is an excellent venue to connect JCC technology students with local companies and has been successful in helping manufacturers fill job openings. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with these graduating students and share information regarding your company and job opportunities. We look forward to working with you and making this event help meet your employment needs. For more information contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

Connect with JCC’s Employment Development Specialist

JCC has hired an Employment Development Specialist who is available to help connect you with JCC students.

 

Julie Page joined Jamestown Community College recently as an employment development specialist. She prepares students for the workforce through guidance on resume/cover letter writing, job searching strategies, professionalism, and interviewing strategies. In addition, Julie works with employers to promote employment opportunities to the campus community and arrange on-campus recruiting efforts. Her previous experience includes five years as a hiring manager and also working with students on career readiness.

 

Julie earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration at SUNY Buffalo State and earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Fredonia. She can be reached at JuliePage@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1007.   

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy & The Great Sledding Snow Down

A week full of hands on activity for students ages 9-14 is rolling out on a February 19th at the Jamestown Community College Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean. Dream It Do It is coordinating this event in partnership with Jamestown Community College and financial support from EATON. The week of activity will include drafting, CAD, robotics, CNC operation, 3D Printing and application of the Scientific Method. Students can enroll by calling the JCC Cattaraugus Center for Continuing Education at 716-376-7506, emailing janenorthrup@mail.sunyjcc.edu or online at www.sunyjcc.edu/ce

 

 

STEM Wars is Coming March 14th

On behalf of Dream It Do It and The New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA), we invite you to participate in STEM WARS 2018.  STEM Wars will be held in the Physical Education Complex at the Jamestown Community College Jamestown Campus, March 14th from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. To register your company please continue on to complete the following form!

 

Click here for sign up form.

 

Students in Middle School to High School from regional school districts are invited to participate in this fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions. This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH), Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.  STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Join Us and Make a Difference In Albany - Manufacturing Advocacy Day is March 21st.

Mark your calendar for March 21st to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          January 31, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Want to Start an Apprenticeship Program?

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship program? Are you interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how they can help you address your workforce needs? Call the Manufacturers Association and let us help. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will be the regional sponsor of New York State Manufacturers Alliance Intermediary Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to streamline and simplify the development and registration process associated with traditional apprenticeships. The program is another tool to help address the skills gap in the region. Working together with the Manufacturers Alliance, Tooling U-SME, area colleges and training institutions and the NYS DOL, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will help manufacturers access instruction, training outlines and assist in managing the learning process. The apprenticeships incorporate competency based assessme4nts to “fast track” experiences workers which may shorten the traditional training period. For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

MAST is Seeking A Talent Pipeline Manager & Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

The Manufacturers Association has an open position for a Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. This position will provide oversight and direction for the MAST New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program and management of the MAST talent pipeline initiative. This position will oversee implementation of the apprenticeship program including development, preparation and monitoring of program budgets, contracts an agreements. This position will manage the talent pipeline around the shared needs of manufacturers in the region, overseeing demand planning and continuously identifying job positions that are in high demand. This position will create strong partnerships with training institutions and recruit students to specific job openings in the region.

 

For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th for the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. If you are interested in attending or setting up a booth at this event contact Steve Myers at Allen Industrial Sales steve.myers@allenindustrialsales.com or call 716-581-0321.

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

STEM Wars is Coming March 14th

On behalf of Dream It Do It and The New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA), we invite you to participate in STEM WARS 2018.  STEM Wars will be held in the Physical Education Complex at the Jamestown Community College Jamestown Campus, March 14th from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. To register your company please continue on to complete the following form!

 

Click here for sign up form.

 

Students in Middle School to High School from regional school districts are invited to participate in this fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions. This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH), Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.  STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

 

Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy & The Great Sledding Snow Down

A week full of hands on activity for students ages 9-14 is rolling out on a February 19th at the Jamestown Community College Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean. Dream It Do It is coordinating this event in partnership with Jamestown Community College and financial support from EATON. The week of activity will include drafting, CAD, robotics, CNC operation, 3D Printing and application of the Scientific Method. Students can enroll by calling the JCC Cattaraugus Center for Continuing Education at 716-376-7506, emailing janenorthrup@mail.sunyjcc.edu or online at www.sunyjcc.edu/ce

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Important Date Change: Manufacturing Advocacy Day Rescheduled to – March 21st.

Due to some scheduling issues Manufacturing Advocacy Day in Albany has been moved to March 21st. So, [lease mark your calendar for March 21st to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

Workforce Development

 

Help Develop Pathways to A Career in Manufacturing

We are calling on manufacturers to help further develop career pathways to manufacturing careers. There is an active committee working on aligning schools with the workforce needs of manufacturers and the group would like your voice at the table.

 

The Career Pathways to Manufacturing committee of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition will convene on 8:30am February 26th at the new P-TECH Academy facility in Dunkirk (the former School #6 building). If you are interested in attending or learning more please contact Jehuu Caulcrick at jcaulcrick@mast-wny.com

 

 

Health Insurance Cost Containment

 

Medicare Part D Disclosure Requirements for Employers Who Provide Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare Part D imposes disclosure requirements on employers whose health plans provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals. Group health plans—or entities that offer prescription drug coverage on a group basis to active and retired employees and to Medicare Part D eligible individuals—must provide, or arrange for providing, a notice of creditable prescription drug coverage to those Medicare Part D eligible individuals who are covered by, or who apply for, prescription drug coverage under the health plan.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          January 24, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

STEM Wars is Coming March 14th

On behalf of Dream It Do It and The New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA), we invite you to participate in STEM WARS 2018.  STEM Wars will be held in the Physical Education Complex at the Jamestown Community College Jamestown Campus, March 14th from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. To register your company please continue on to complete the following form!

 

Click here for sign up form.

 

Students in Middle School to High School from regional school districts are invited to participate in this fun and educational event, which will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events, on-site competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site team building/leadership skills competitions. This event is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH), Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.  STEM Wars is hosted by Jamestown Community College (JCC).

 

 

Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy & The Great Sledding Snow Down

A week full of hands on activity for students ages 9-14 is rolling out on a February 19th at the Jamestown Community College Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean. Dream It Do It is coordinating this event in partnership with Jamestown Community College and financial support from EATON. The week of activity will include drafting, CAD, robotics, CNC operation, 3D Printing and application of the Scientific Method. Students can enroll by calling the JCC Cattaraugus Center for Continuing Education at 716-376-7506, emailing janenorthrup@mail.sunyjcc.edu or online at www.sunyjcc.edu/ce

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Get Your Employees Certified as Production Techs at JCC

An excellent training opportunity is available for your employees at JCC staring February 2nd. Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

The CPT program debuted in 2017 in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

MAST Launches Intermediary Apprenticeship Program

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will be the regional sponsor of New York State Manufacturers Alliance Intermediary Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to streamline and simplify the development and registration process associated with traditional apprenticeships. The program is another tool to help address the skills gap in the region. Working together with the Manufacturers Alliance, Tooling U-SME, area colleges and training institutions and the NYS DOL, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will help manufacturers access instruction, training outlines and assist in managing the learning process. The apprenticeships incorporate competency based assessme4nts to “fast track” experiences workers which may shorten the traditional training period. For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

MAST is Seeking A Talent Pipeline Manager & Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

The Manufacturers Association has an open position for a Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. This position will provide oversight and direction for the MAST New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program and management of the MAST talent pipeline initiative. This position will oversee implementation of the apprenticeship program including development, preparation and monitoring of program budgets, contracts an agreements. This position will manage the talent pipeline around the shared needs of manufacturers in the region, overseeing demand planning and continuously identifying job positions that are in high demand. This position will create strong partnerships with training institutions and recruit students to specific job openings in the region.

 

For more information contact Todd Tranum at ttranum@mast-wny.com or call 716-483-1833.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th for the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Mark Your Calendar for Manufacturing Advocacy Day – March 6th

Please mark your calendar for March 6th to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

Regulatory Updates

 

Business Council Calls for On-Call Scheduling Rules to Be Halted

In a letter to the state Labor Department, the Council outlines reasons why proposed on-call scheduling rules are overly burdensome, unnecessary, and likely to have a severely negative impact on specific New York State industries.

 

Click here for more information.

 

Access Important Links to New York State Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo has presented his FY 2019 budget proposal. Here are some helpful links to learn more about the budget.

 

Business Council of New York State FY 2019 Budget Summary

 

New York State Division of Budget

 

Department of Taxation and Finance Preliminary Report on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

www.mast-wny.com

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          January 17, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Member Services & Events

 

Mark Your Calendar for the Technology and Manufacturing Expo 2018

Where Innovation Meets Creation – June 19th

Mark your calendars for June 19th for the Technology & Manufacturing Expo 2018 at Allen Industrial Sales in Falconer, NY. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, network with manufacturers in the region, build your supply chain and identify new customers.

 

This event highlights additive manufacturing including 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D CAD. The expo will include a wide variety of manufacturing related vendors showcasing safety, automation, tooling, hydraulic & pneumatic technologies and customized machine building.

 

The Technology & Manufacturing Expo is a production of Allen Industrial Sales and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Mark Your Calendar for Manufacturing Advocacy Day – March 6th

Please mark your calendar for March 6th to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

Dream It Do It

 

Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy & The Great Sledding Snow Down

A week full of hands on activity for students ages 9-14 is rolling out on a February 19th at the Jamestown Community College Manufacturing Technology Institute in Olean. Dream It Do It is coordinating this event in partnership with Jamestown Community College and financial support from EATON. The week of activity will include drafting, CAD, robotics, CNC operation, 3D Printing and application of the Scientific Method. Students can enroll by calling the JCC Cattaraugus Center for Continuing Education at 716-376-7506, emailing janenorthrup@mail.sunyjcc.edu or online at www.sunyjcc.edu/ce

 

 

Regulatory Updates

 

Comment Period Extended for Proposed NYS DOL Scheduling Regs

The hearing period for the proposed regulations regarding employee scheduling have been extended to January 22, 2018.

 

Based on input received so far, employers have voiced concerns that these regulations will place additional costs and administrative burdens on employers who rely on flexible scheduling of employees

 

If you have not already, please take a moment to look at the proposed rules and send your comments to Frank Kerbein at the Business Council at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org and send a copy to me as well at ttranum@mast-wny.com.

 

The Business Council of New York State has drafted comments regarding the regulations.

 

Click here for more information

 

The Business Council also presented testimony on January 4th to the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business and the Senate Administrative Regulation Review Commission.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

The Manufacturing Economy

ISM: Manufacturing New Orders Jumped to Their Fastest Pace Since January 2014

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said that manufacturing activity expanded robustly in December, with new orders increasing at their fastest pace since January 2004. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index  (PMI) rose from 58.2 in November to 59.7 in December, its best reading since September’s 13-year high (60.8). The headline number in the latest survey was boosted by healthy gains in new orders (up from 64.0 to 69.4), as noted above.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Get Your Employees Certified as Production Techs at JCC

An excellent training opportunity is available for your employees at JCC staring February 2nd. Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

The CPT program debuted in 2017 in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information.

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          January 10, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Regulatory Updates

 

Comment Period Extended for Proposed NYS DOL Scheduling Regs

The hearing period for the proposed regulations regarding employee scheduling have been extended to January 22, 2018.

 

Based on input received so far, employers have voiced concerns that these regulations will place additional costs and administrative burdens on employers who rely on flexible scheduling of employees

 

If you have not already, please take a moment to look at the proposed rules and send your comments to Frank Kerbein at the Business Council at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org and send a copy to me as well at ttranum@mast-wny.com.

 

The Business Council of New York State has drafted comments regarding the regulations.

 

Click here for more information

 

The Business Council also presented testimony on January 4th to the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business and the Senate Administrative Regulation Review Commission.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Get Your Employees Certified as Production Techs at JCC

An excellent training opportunity is available for your employees at JCC staring February 2nd. Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

The CPT program debuted in 2017 in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Mark Your Calendar: Manufacturing Advocacy Day – March 6th

Please mark your calendar for March 6th to participate in a day of advocacy in Albany on behalf of your company and manufacturers throughout the state. Annually with our partners through the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State we come together and meet Assembly and Senate members from across the State on the priority issues of the manufacturing community.

 

This year we will be organizing transportation to take our members to Albany. So please mark your calendar and notify Todd Tranum ttranum@mast-wny.com if you would like to participate.

 

 

State of the State – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Written by Todd J. Tranum, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State message offers some encouraging moves for the business community, and a few concerns as well.

 

One of our key concerns is around the proposal to move from an income tax system to a statewide payroll tax system.  It’s designed, obviously to reduce federal income taxes in the wake of the repeal of the full State and Local Income Tax (SALT) deduction. But it presents some apprehension as well.  Heather Bricetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, points out that it appears at face value as a new tax on businesses.

 

Bricetti said, “We have major concerns with a new payroll tax, and with increasing business taxes to offset reductions in federal taxes – especially Since New York’s 2014 corporate tax reform legislation, pushed by The Business Council and championed by Governor Cuomo, has finally made our business tax climate more competitive among the states. We believe that the prudent path is a comprehensive response to address our budget deficit and federal tax changes. New York must examine all major categories of state spending, including the largest - Medicare and education - and address other long-recognized cost drivers including Scaffold Law. As the Governor and the Legislature begin to tackle what will surely be a difficult budget season, we ask that they remember these simple words, ‘first, do no harm.’”

 

The other major concern we find with the Governor’s message is that New York State is facing a short-term deficit of $4-billion. While no one relishes cuts in programs, it is clear that our state lawmakers have a major undertaking this year to help close that gap as they work on a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

 

At the same time, the Governor is moving to address a number of important initiatives designed to help our business community, especially in the realm of workforce development. His focus on encouraging collaborative partnerships among business and training institutions to address workforce needs expands on initiatives that several communities statewide have already been promoting, including our own Dream It Do It program in Western New York. Efforts to develop a more highly skilled workforce, as well as to focus on STEM, P-TECH and early childhood education are also welcome news.

 

For the region as a whole, a plan to expand and encourage additional governmental shared services through financial incentives is a step in the right direction. Chautauqua County played a lead role over the past few years in these moves, and a stronger statewide directive is important.

 

As always, we’ll be keeping a close eye on these items as they move toward budget legislation in Albany, and will be advocating for all measures that boost business in New York State, and make our county a better place to live and work.

 

 

Safety In the Manufacturing Workplace

 

Grant Funded Health & Safety Training Opportunity
The Jamestown Community College (JCC) Center for Continuing Education (CE) plans to submit a request to the NY DOL Hazard Abatement Board for an Occupational Safety and Health Training Education grant.  JCC would like to offer your organization the opportunity to participate in this grant application for the 2018/2019 year. When assessing safety training needs, please keep in mind activities, if approved, training must occur within a year after submitting the grant application.
 
The Hazard Abatement Board awards grants for programs that provide occupational safety and health training for public and private employers, labor organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and trade associations. Eligible programs must train and educate workers, supervisors and/or employers and must promote workplace accident and injury prevention. The effective dates of activities covered by the grant need to occur between 8/1/2018– 7/31/2019.  Safety training, safety assessments, and/or safety program development are eligible to be included.
 
If JCC is successful with this application, the DOL HAB grant will cover all instructional costs. Your organization will be responsible for employee release time, development costs (if applicable), and any travel expenses. This grant funding makes receiving quality safety training truly affordable.
 
JCC will be the lead agency (designated as the “grantee”), and the sole training provider.  JCC handles any grant-related administrative duties, including all required paperwork. 
 
Please click HERE for an outline of JCC’s standard health and safety trainings.  Please note that CE can customize offerings to meet the specific needs of your organization.

 
Please complete this brief survey regarding the types of safety training you feel are most appropriate for your organization, along with the number of employees who will attend:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MYSC88L
 
Please complete the survey by Friday, January 12, 2018. Once we receive the survey, we’ll be back in touch to request a letter of support.  If health and safety training is handled by someone else at your organization, please feel free to forward this email to the correct individual.
 
Please email grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or call 716.338.1005 if you have questions about this training grant opportunity.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click here for more information

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          January 3, 2018

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Regulatory Updates

Employer Raise Concerns with Proposed NYS DOL New Rules

For several weeks we have been collecting responses from employers regarding the NYS DOL new rules regarding employee scheduling in cooperation with the Business Council of New York State. The Business Council will be testifying tomorrow to a Senate committee focused on this issue. Business across New York State have shared their concerns to the Business Council. If you have not already, please take a moment to look at the proposed rules and send your comments to Frank Kerbein at the Business Council at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org and send a copy to me as well at ttranum@mast-wny.com.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

How the New Lease Accounting Standard can affect your business and what you can do about it now.

By Jonathan P. Herdlein, CPA, Principal, The Bonadio Group

 

You may have heard about the new lease accounting standard that will go into effect for fiscal years starting after December 15, 2019, but you may not be aware of how it may affect your business.

 

First, let’s do a “thousand feet” look at the new standard.

The new standard does not significantly change the accounting for traditional financing leases, also known as capital leases, so we will not focus on this type of lease. However, the new standard significantly affects the accounting for what are generally known as operating leases. Examples of operating leases include: the lease of a building or office space, the lease of an automobile, and the lease of office equipment (copiers, postage meters, etc.). Before the new lease standard, these operating leases were not included on the balance sheet. The expense related to the rent was shown on the income statement, but there was no asset or liability associated with the lease. With the new standard, these leases will have an associated asset and liability recorded on the financial statements. The new asset and liability will be a discounted cash flow amount based on the expected term of the lease, including expected extensions, the likely rents, and a discount rate determined by the business based on available financing rates. The asset and liability will always equal each other, and will likely be adjusted as often as formal financial statements are prepared to bring their values in line with current lease terms and expectations. The expense item formerly known as rent will still be included on the income statement, but instead of being labeled rent, the item will have a description such as right to use charge, lease expense, or a similar type description.

 

Effects of the new standard

Now that we’ve done a quick overview, let’s look at how the standard might affect your business. The primary way it could affect your business is through changes to business ratios brought about by the new assets and liabilities language. Banks often use ratios such as the following in determining loan covenants for borrowers:

  1. Current ratio
  2. Basic fixed-charge coverage
  3. Debt service coverage
  4. Debt to net worth
  5. Funded debt to EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest,
    Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization)

 

All of these covenants could be affected by the new assets and liabilities created under the new lease standard. Violations of any loan covenants are often considered a default event and cause the related term debt to become immediately callable by the lender.

 

Addressing the new challenges

Now that we’ve looked at how the new lease standard might affect your business, we can formulate an approach to address some of the challenges that may be created. First, get to know your existing debt agreements. See which agreements have covenants, what the covenants are, and how they are calculated. Second, look at your existing operating leases. One place where you may get significant information regarding operating leases currently in place at your business would be your GAAP financial statements. The GAAP financial statements should have a note that includes some of the pertinent information that you will need to compute the new lease assets and liabilities.

After reviewing your existing operating leases, consider preparing, or having someone else prepare, an estimate of the new lease assets and liabilities that are going to show up on your balance sheet. Add these assets and liabilities to your current balance sheet, then recalculate your bank covenant ratios and see where you stand. If you determine that it is likely that you will be in violation of loan covenants upon adoption of the new accounting standards, then a talk to your banker is in order. Most bankers will recognize the fact that the underlying economics of your business have not changed just because accounting standards have, and they will work with you in modifying your loan agreement to alleviate the issues caused by adoption of the new standard.

 

Let us know if you need help.

Please keep Bonadio in mind if you need help in navigating through the new lease accounting standard. We can help you identify, and calculate loan covenants. We can assist you with determining the assets and liabilities associated with operating leases currently in place at your business. And finally we can help you discuss with your banker the issues associated with the new lease standard.

 

 

Workforce Development

The Future of Skills

Excerpt from a Study Released by Pearson

 

The conversation about the future of jobs and skills is one of the most important in education. A students entering formal education today will be making decisions about their career by 2030. But wait, we already know about the future of jobs. The robots are taking them, right?

 

Let’s take a step back. Anxiety about workers being replaced is rampant. But fear of automation is nothing new. Fears of technologically-driven unemployment have arisen throughout the centuries, usually provoked by a disruption, like the Industrial Revolution. But historically, technology creates more jobs that it destroys.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Governor Cuomo Seeks New State Office for Workforce Development

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new state office that would focus on developing New York’s workforce to meet the needs of emerging industries.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

JCC to Hold Operational Excellence Workshop

This workshop focuses on achieving breakthrough results via creating an alignment through an organization that concentrates on the significant needs of the customer and satisfies those needs better than competitors. Learn the necessary conditions to create a high performing organization, the roles of leadership and customer focus, measuring and establishing metrics, creating a stable and capable delivery system, identifying improvement initiatives and achieving a 20-25% improvement with the current workforce via engaging and producing a continuous improvement culture. Facilitated by Max Krug. $150.  Price includes lunch.

 

Two Options:

Cattaraugus County Campus – #3959

Friday, January 12 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cattaraugus County Manufacturing Technology Institute, Room 217

$150

Jamestown Campus – #3972

Friday, January 19

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, Room 120

 

To register, please call 338-1005 or visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ce/categories/2/courses.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee.

 

Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting.

 

Click Here for More Information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          December 27, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Surveys

 

NAM Survey Finds Manufacturers’ Have Positive Outlook

 

Manufacturers’ optimism has risen to an unprecedented high of 94.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. The majority of respondents surveyed said tax reform would help their businesses.

 

Click here for more information  

 

Dream It Do It

 

Eaton Makes $10,000 Contribution for Young Manufacturers Academy

 

Eric Swartwout of Eaton recently made a $10,000 contribution from Eaton to support the Young Manufacturers Academy coordinated by Dream It Do It in cooperation with Jamestown Community College in Olean. The Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy will be held during the week of February 19th at MTI@JCC.  Students will be meeting with area engineers and participating in hands on experiences involving robotics, engineering design, the scientific method, the 5 Whys, trouble shooting and more.  Eaton's YMA is open to area students between the ages of 9 - 14.  

Last year’s Eaton’s YMA was very successful, introducing young students to all facets of the manufacturing industry through inspiring hands-on activities and simulation-based learning.  A series of high tech activities using age appropriate equipment gave students an idea of what it’s like in the problem-solving world of advanced manufacturing.  Travel to industry locations (including Eaton) for on-site interaction with manufacturers as well as visits from engineers, technicians and industry leaders provided students with role models from our own community.  Students’ families were invited to participate and to observe their children present their projects, displaying their problem solving and presentation skills.  We hope to continue this exciting program in February and July of 2018. For more information contact Evelyn Sabina at esabina@didiwny.com.

 

 

FRI@MTI in Olean Brings Area Students and Technology Together

 

Friday, December 15 was our first FRI@MTI event with 15 Allegany Limestone PLTW students and a surprise visit by Senator Young. 

Xavier Smith, a CNC operator at OSM in Olean, graduate of Archbishop Walsh Academy and a former student of Jim Schifley at CA BOCES and Jeff Teluk of JCC, spent the morning with the students designing and creating a top, using the MTI CNC equipment. The event was sponsored by the JCC Foundation and DIDI WNY.  

Xavier has been involved with Dream It Do It over the past few years, giving workshops for our Young Manufacturers, Manufacturing Day presentations and hands on demonstrations for our Summer teacher program. During the DIDI Manufacturing Day this year, a few teachers expressed an interest in bringing their students back to JCC MTI for an extended class with Xavier. Xavier works Monday through Thursday so we thought that perhaps he could work with students on Fridays, giving extended hands-on workshops to area students, introducing them to possible careers and making them comfortable with the equipment at MTI@JCC. 

The JCC Foundation and Dream It. Do It. agreed to fund FRI@MTI.  Schools are encouraged to contact Evelyn Sabina esabina1@gmail.com or Katie Buck 
katiebuck@mail.sunyjcc.edu to reserve a date to bring students to spend a Friday with Xavier!

 

 

Partner Focus

 

Insyte Consulting Provides a Return of $37 for Every $1 of Project Cost

 

The Manufactures Association collaborates with a variety of organizations to help foster manufacturing excellence. In this issue of the MAST MEMO we highlight Insyte Consulting. MAST has had a strong partnerships with Insyte for over fifteen years.

 

Insyte Consulting helps WNY manufacturing and technology companies succeed. Insyte focuses in these areas because manufacturing leads our region in GDP, accounting for tens of thousands of jobs, and technology is the key to our future.

 

Insyte is not a typical consulting company. They do not specialize in one tool or methodology that is blindly applied to every client. Instead, they partner with our clients to provide customized solutions to help improve your company. Insyte’s goal is to transform the way you do business.

Insyte succeeds because of their dedicated staff and partners, with combined decades of business experience in companies large and small. Insyte is hands-on, working closely with you and your team to transform your methods.  The Insyte team is not academics or theorists, but pragmatists who know what it takes to get things done.  Insyte is a team of real-world professionals who deliver real-world results.

Insyte is a not-for-profit organization. Thus, their consultants do not measure success financially, but based on quantifiable impact our clients report to U.S. Department of Commerce. On average, working with Insyte provides a return of $37 for every $1 of project cost.

Click here for more information

 

 

Workforce Development

 

JCC Holds Operational Excellence Workshop

This workshop focuses on achieving breakthrough results via creating an alignment through an organization that concentrates on the significant needs of the customer and satisfies those needs better than competitors. Learn the necessary conditions to create a high performing organization, the roles of leadership and customer focus, measuring and establishing metrics, creating a stable and capable delivery system, identifying improvement initiatives and achieving a 20-25% improvement with the current workforce via engaging and producing a continuous improvement culture. Facilitated by Max Krug. $150.  Price includes lunch.

 

Two Options:

Cattaraugus County Campus – #3959

Friday, January 12 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cattaraugus County Manufacturing Technology Institute, Room 217

$150

Jamestown Campus – #3972

Friday, January 19

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, Room 120

 

To register, please call 338-1005 or visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ce/categories/2/courses.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          December 20, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

Dream It Do It

 

Senator Young Secures $80,000 in State Funding to Support DIDI Program

Olean, New York As employers in Western New York struggle to fill open jobs in the field of skilled manufacturing, the region’s Dream It. Do It. (DIDI) program is leading efforts to address this challenge.  With a multi-faceted approach that connects educators, students and manufacturers, the program is designed to introduce young people to the rewarding career opportunities that exist in today’s advanced manufacturing field. Senator Young, a longtime supporter of Dream It. Do It., secured $80,000 in funding for the program in the 2017-18 state budget. She visited with students participating in the program at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at the Olean campus of Jamestown Community College.

 

“Traditionally, manufacturing jobs have been a solid path to the middle class for families, offering good income, job security and benefits. With changes in technology, the nature of many manufacturing jobs has changed, requiring more technical and STEM-related skills. Dream It. Do It. is helping to build a regional talent pipeline for these jobs through education and outreach to students, educators and manufacturers,” said Senator Young.  “Jobs in advanced manufacturing can offer our young people rewarding careers and an excellent quality of life. Awakening them to these opportunities is the heart of the Dream It. Do It. mission.”

 

Dream It. Do It. is a national program developed by the Manufacturing Institute, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier brought the program to the region in 2009.

Since then, DIDI has supported 1,610 students through technology camps, provided 638 teachers and counselors with work experience, toured and provided presentations to 30,966 students, and placed 176 interns.

 

“The support of Senator Young has been a key component to the success of Dream It. Do It.,” stated Todd Tranum, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and President/CEO of Dream It. Do It. Western New York. The Senator has been a strong advocate for manufacturing and has helped Dream It. Do It. develop a strong presence across the region.”

 

Senator Young met with fifteen Allegany Limestone students at the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) at Jamestown Community College’s Olean campus, a training facility featuring simulated manufacturing space. MTI provides students with the equipment and programs needed to train for careers in advanced manufacturing at an event called FRI@MTI. FRI@MTI is coordinated by Dream It Do It and instructed by Xavier Smith. These extended workshops for area students are designed to introduce them to possible careers and make them comfortable with the equipment at MTI@JCC.

Tranum noted that this latest grant funding will enable DIDI to continue to implement strategies to educate teachers and the community about manufacturing, energize young people about the career possibilities in the STEM fields and provide hands on experiences and opportunities.

 

Senator Young said: “Manufacturing is the backbone of our regional economy, accounting for approximately 20 percent of our workforce – more than double the national figure of nine percent. Ensuring the long-term health of the sector depends on cultivating a regional workforce that is prepared to fill these jobs. Dream It. Do It. is leading the way in this effort and inspiring countless young people to plan and pursue bright futures that include manufacturing careers.”

 

 

Eaton Makes $10,000 Contribution for Young Manufacturers Academy

 

Eaton recently made a $10,000 contribution to support the Young Manufacturers Academy coordinated by Dream It Do It in cooperation with Jamestown Community College in Olean. The Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy will be held during the week of February 19th at MTI@JCC.  Students will be meeting with area engineers and participating in  hands on experiences involving robotics, engineering design, the scientific method, the 5 Whys, trouble shooting and more.  Eaton's YMA is open to area students between the ages of 9 - 14.  

Last year’s Eaton’s YMA was very successful, introducing young students to all facets of the manufacturing industry through inspiring hands-on activities and simulation-based learning.  A series of high tech activities using age appropriate equipment gave students an idea of what it’s like in the problem-solving world of advanced manufacturing.  Travel to industry locations (including Eaton) for on-site interaction with manufacturers as well as visits from engineers, technicians and industry leaders provided students with role models from our own community.  Students’ families were invited to participate and to observe their children present their projects, displaying their problem solving and presentation skills.  We hope to continue this exciting program in February and July of 2018. For more information contact Evelyn Sabina at esabina@didiwny.com.

 

P-TECH Students Participate in Hands-On Activities

 

Dream It, Do It recently hosted a junior class comprised of 32 students from P-TECH program. The event was hosted in collaboration with JCC at the MTI @ JCC Jamestown building. PTECH is the Pathways in Technology Early College High School connecting high schools, colleges and the world of work.

 

The groups were split into teams of three and given a project to complete, with some challenges that they could face in today’s manufacturing workplace. Each team was given a box of materials which they would have to assemble together by welding, grinding, machining and laser cutting what would be a final product of a tail hitch for the back of a pick-up truck.

The Teams were judged on the following criteria’s

  1. Teamwork
  2. Time Management (40 Minutes to complete the project)
  3. Presentation (In front of the group of other students)
  4. Final project outcome.

The students did a great job. The students came together at the end to discuss the importance of working together as a team, communicating properly and completing a great final product. The project presented a great opportunity to reinforce the success skills these students will need when they enter the manufacturing workforce.

 

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

Sale of Jamestown Wastewater Facility Raises Legal Concerns

A key component of the Manufacturers Association’s advocacy efforts are to hold our elected officials accountable to the concerns of our members.

 

Representatives of the Manufacturers Association recently voiced concerns at a City Council work session, City Council Meeting and a meeting of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation regarding the sale of the Wastewater Treatment Plan to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation. MAST has repeatedly expressed two primary concerns. First of all the City is at its constitutional tax limit without a vision or a plan forward. Secondly, the City is taking a path of dismantling the Board of Public Utilities operation. Both of these challenges do not bode well for local businesses and residents.

 

As it pertains to the transfer of the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation and loading it with debt to pay the city’s bills, the following legal concerns have been shared with the City’s Corporation Counsel:

1. The wastewater system cannot be sold without a majority vote of all the residents.

2. The wastewater system cannot be sold while it is still in use.

3. The Board of Public Utilities cannot pass through JLDC debt service to system users.

4. Users will be charged double for the same system.

5. The JLDC does not have the power to acquire nor bond for the Wastewater System for the purposes outlined by the City.

 

The bottom line for our members who utilize the wastewater treatment plan is that they will pay for infrastructure that they have already paid for and they will face a rate increase to service the principal and the interest associated with this transaction.

 

Regulatory Updates

 

Please Comment on DOL New Rules Regarding Employee Scheduling

The NYS Department of Labor has released draft regulations aimed at curbing certain employer staffing practices. Specifically, the regulations center on the practices of “on-call” and “call-in” scheduling. These proposed rules would revise the call-in pay requirement of the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations.

 

In brief, these rules would:

  • Continue the current call-in pay practice of paying a minimum of four hours pay for employees who report to work and for whom no work is available.
  • Require that employers pay workers who come to work for a shift not scheduled at least 14 days in advance an addition 2 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers to pay workers who have a shift cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the start of that shift an additional 4 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers who ask workers to call within 72 hours of the start of the shift to confirm whether to report to work or not to pay an additional 4 hours of call-in pay

 

Call-in pay will be calculated at the basic minimum wage for your area and employer size. It is not considered hours worked for the purposed of calculating overtime.

For example, in 2018 (when these rules are likely to be in place) if an Upstate employer asks an employee to work a shift which was not scheduled at least 14 days in advance – the employer must pay that worker an addition $20.80 (2 hours x the minimum wage - $10.40).

 

There are some exceptions. They are:

  • Employees during work weeks when their weekly wages exceed 40 times the applicable minimum wage (For upstate employees in 2018 that would be in excess of $416 per week; 40 x $10.40)
  • Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that expressly provides for call-in pay
  • New employees during their first two weeks of employment
  • Regularly scheduled employees who “volunteer to cover” for a shift scheduled to be worked by another employer
  • Certain provisions for shifts cancelled due to an act of God

 

This rule does not mandate 14-day advanced scheduling, but would result in increased labor costs for employers with lower wage and/or part-time employees who do not adopt the practice.

 

The State initially informed us that these new rules were intended to preempt NYC predictive scheduling laws effective earlier this year, but has since backtracked from that assertion.

 

The proposed rules will appear in the November 22nd edition of the State Register. Interested parties will have 45 days to comment. The Business Council will be submitting comments on behalf of our members and we want to know how these rules would affect your staffing practices. Please let Frank Kerbein, our HR policy director, or myself, know your thoughts as soon as possible for inclusion in those comments. You can reach Frank at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org.

Written by Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

 

Workforce Development

 

JCC Holds Operational Excellence Workshop

This workshop focuses on achieving breakthrough results via creating an alignment through an organization that concentrates on the significant needs of the customer and satisfies those needs better than competitors. Learn the necessary conditions to create a high performing organization, the roles of leadership and customer focus, measuring and establishing metrics, creating a stable and capable delivery system, identifying improvement initiatives and achieving a 20-25% improvement with the current workforce via engaging and producing a continuous improvement culture. Facilitated by Max Krug. $150.  Price includes lunch.

 

Two Options:

Cattaraugus County Campus – #3959

Friday, January 12 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cattaraugus County Manufacturing Technology Institute, Room 217

$150

Jamestown Campus – #3972

Friday, January 19

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, Room 120

 

To register, please call 338-1005 or visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ce/categories/2/courses.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          December 13, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

Why Manufacturing Matters

 

The Future of Manufacturing in the Southern Tier

Mark Shafer, President of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Think about this for a moment if you will: Manufacturers in the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegheny County service area of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier produce $7.5B USD in shipments annually.  If our service area were a country (it’s OK to dream), we would rank 143rd out of 212 countries in the world in gross domestic product.  That is a pretty impressive statistic when you consider the relatively rural nature of our region.

 

While the manufacturing sector is the largest source of employment in our region, the viability of our manufacturers has a profound impact on all other sectors.  If you work in retail our thousands of employees are your customers.  If you work in education our employees or their children are your students.  If you work in government our $837M USD in combined payroll provides the means for our employees to pay the taxes that fund all levels of government.  Additionally, our manufacturers are not generally just trading among themselves.  Large amounts of our output are sold outside of our region, state and country, resulting in the movement of large amounts of new, very real wealth into our area.  The point I hope to have made in all of this is that we all need to consider manufacturing as the second “Golden Goose” alongside tourism that permits our entire region to be viable.  If the manufacturing “Golden Goose” is to continue delivering “Golden Eggs” then we need to carefully attend to its health.  To understand the future health of manufacturing in our region we should consider trends in the environment that our manufacturers are or will be facing.  I’ll briefly reflect on significant trends in the areas of costs, demographics and technology that are and will continue to affect our manufacturers.

 

  • Costs

 

 Our manufacturers require materials, labor (various skill levels), capital equipment and energy sources to operate their businesses and most manufacturers survive (and hopefully thrive) through some combination of controlling these costs and differentiating their products from those of their competitors.  In most cases our costs to procure materials and equipment in our region are fairly competitive with our neighboring regions and states. 

 

Energy costs have traditionally been a competitive advantage for industrial customers in the Jamestown BPU service area.  We have concerns for the long term survival of this advantage as the city of Jamestown, at the end of its constitutional property taxing limit, increasingly looks to the BPU as a general fund revenue source. 

 

New York State’s recent moves to dramatically increase the minimum wage are a competitive disadvantage to our manufacturers compared to neighboring states.  All of us wish to see those on the lowest economic rungs have an opportunity to move up but in reality large raises in the minimum wage cause inflation that ripples across all wage levels and in turn make our region less competitive when compared to other regions and states.  At the moment it might be possible to hire an entry level CNC machinist with a college certificate at $15.00 per hour but that will not be the case when his or her uncredentialed friends working in a fast food job are making the same rate.  The minimum wage becomes the standard against which all other wages are eventually measured and increasingly higher skilled work will inevitably require a commensurate upward adjustment to the lower skilled wage levels.

 

Manufacturers at the greatest risk from raises in wage costs are those where labor cost represent a high percentage of their overall costs.  Manufacturers of high volume, fairly simple assemblies that cannot economically automate their processes will be difficult for our region to attract and retain.  I know that I have heard some say that this is not the type of work that we want to attract anyway but we have to realize that these are generally the only types of manufacturing jobs for which our high school graduates who choose not to go on to college or trades training qualify.  So I believe that we can expect to see future reductions in the “touch labor” type of jobs that have traditionally employed a fairly large percentage of our high school educated population. 

 

  • Demographics

 

Regional demographic trends represent a serious challenge for our manufacturers.  An unscientific survey of a number of our MAST members indicates that many expect to see over 30% of their current workforce retire over the next 5-10 years.  Our region, in general, is already losing population at the fastest rate of any area in the state.  Between April 2010 and July 2015 Chautauqua County experienced the highest population decrease (4,115 residents lost) of any county in New York.  Cattaraugus County experienced the 5th highest loss (2,432 residents) and Allegany County experienced the 21st greatest loss (1,461 residents).  In order to attract new manufacturers and retain growing manufacturers in the region we will obviously need to address these disturbing demographic trends.

 

  • Technology

 

There are very significant and disruptive technologies that will likely alter many manufacturing operations in the near future.  Some industry experts believe that the coming convergence of robotics, mass incorporation of sensor and networking technologies (“Internet of Things”), cloud computing and cognitive computing will create a fourth industrial revolution that will change our manufacturing operations by the same degree that mechanization, mass production, computers and automation did in previous ages.  “Additive” manufacturing has created an entirely new paradigm that is challenging the status quo among some of our traditional “Subtractive” machining manufacturers.  “Collaborative Robots” that can share difficult work tasks while operating in close proximity to people are beginning to enter some of our factories.  Clearly the future holds some exciting while potentially very disruptive technological changes for our manufacturers.

 

With these factors and trends in mind, what will the future for manufacturing look like in the Southern Tier?  Looking at the cost, demographic and technology trends allows the tea leaves to come into a bit clearer focus.  All three environmental factors tell us very clearly that our manufacturers will increasingly turn to automation as labor costs rise, employee availability falls and as technology improves to permit better automation to be used in a wider array of our applications.  Will our level of automation be sufficient to stave off the wave of baby boomer retirements and general population losses in our area?  We don’t think so.  It is more likely that we will see a drop in our unskilled labor requirements but a much higher demand for highly skilled employees.  To perform the work required today and in our factories of the future we will need a large supply of workers with advanced STEM education.  We will need mechanical, electrical/electronic, chemical, maintenance and software engineers and technicians.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is at the forefront of the drive to create and fill the pipeline of advanced STEM educated professionals that our manufacturers will increasingly need.  In 2009 we purchased the regional license for the Manufacturing Institute’s “Dream It Do It” program, a marketing vehicle for dispelling obsolete images of today’s manufacturing and encouraging STEM education and careers in manufacturing.  MAST employs two full time coordinators for the program who coordinate dozens of activities each year in our service area.  Here is a summary of what DIDI has accomplished since July of 2012:

  • Reached over 30,900 students through manufacturing tours presentations and career fairs.
  • Facilitated the participation of 1,610 students in technology camps.
  • Developed 72 educators as in school Dream It Do It champions.
  • Coordinated 638 teachers and counselors through manufacturing work experience opportunities.
  • Placed 176 students in manufacturing internships.

 

In closing, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is completely committed to assisting our region’s manufacturers through the current and future challenges.  I ask our neighbors in the non-manufacturing sectors to also provide your support.  Please lend your encouragement to our youth to pursue education and careers in the STEM fields and work in our communities so that our manufacturers can continue to deliver “Golden Eggs” for the region.

 

Mark Shafer is Director of Operations at HEIDENHAIN Corporation, a leading manufacturer of precision measurement and control equipment.

 

 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

MAST Calls Sale of Jamestown Wastewater Facility a Reckless Scheme

“The proposed sale of the Wastewater Treatment Facility is just another reckless scheme that puts the City further into debt, will lead to wastewater rate increases and does nothing to improve the local economy,” stated Todd Tranum, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. “Why should taxpayers and ratepayers have to pay a second time for a facility that they have already paid for once before? This scheme does nothing to support economic development and create jobs.”

 

Tranum continued, “year after year we have called on City Administration and City Council to develop a multi-year plan focused on tax base growth and cost reduction, and year after year we see no action. Time and again business people have offered recommendations to enhance revenues and reduce costs but evidently the input of area business people is not valued by the City. It is a really unfortunate situation at a time when there are some promising initiatives and projects on the horizon.”

 

“The transaction scheme being proposed by the administration is so concerning that we have retained legal counsel through the Manufacturers Association to work with us to challenge the proposal,” stated Tranum.

 

Todd Tranum Comments at the City Council Work Session

 

Good evening I am here on behalf of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce to address the sale of the Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.

 

The sale of the Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation is a reckless scheme.

 

On May 13, 2016 Comptroller DiNapoli made the following statement as he was pushing for more oversight of Local Development Corporations, in speaking of Local Development Corporations he stated “It’s another example of entities that are set up with good intention often for economic development purposes, and we’ve seen some real difficulties. Where again, there hasn’t been the appropriate accountability or transparency about funding. Taxpayers often end up on the hook for decisions made by LDCs.”

 

Notably, early this year Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo took the final steps to close down and get rid of three Local Development Corporations. In doing so Monroe County has assumed $80 million dollars in debt. Local Development Corporations have been plagued with transparency issues, corruption and ultimately litigation. These were the driving factors in Monroe County that led to the closing of the Local Development Corporations.

 

So, any suggestion here that the taxpayer is not on the hook for the reckless scheme being proposed here, is a lie.

 

There have been attempts to put together these types of debt schemes elsewhere in New York and the courts rightfully denied that action.

 

In the late 1990’s when New York City was in financial distress, Mayor Rudy Giuliani proposed a similar scheme to the scheme being proposed here by Mayor Teresi.  In that case, the courts found that issuing of bonds to fund the city’s general capital needs was not among the “corporate purposes” of the authority.

 

I would also turn your attention to your own City Charter.

 

Under Sections 51 and 52 of the City Charter, neither the City Council nor BPU can sell or lease the waste water treatment plant to any person or corporation unless authorized by a special election vote.  Our counsel has advised us that even a sale to a local development corporation still requires voter authorization under the Charter. 

 

In addition, we do not believe that the “purchase” of an existing waste water treatment plantalready paid for by BPU customers—is a legitimate basis for issuing LDC bonds.  The BPU customers will pay twice for the same infrastructure.    The funding of the City’s general expense and non-utility needs by “selling” the plant to a related entity is improper.    

 

The Manufacturers Association has retained the counsel of Harter, Secrest & Emery. Our legal counsel will be in touch with City’s Corporation Counsel this week.

 

 

Regulatory Updates

 

DOL Releases New Rules Regarding Employee Scheduling

The NYS Department of Labor has released draft regulations aimed at curbing certain employer staffing practices. Specifically, the regulations center on the practices of “on-call” and “call-in” scheduling. These proposed rules would revise the call-in pay requirement of the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations.

 

In brief, these rules would:

  • Continue the current call-in pay practice of paying a minimum of four hours pay for employees who report to work and for whom no work is available.
  • Require that employers pay workers who come to work for a shift not scheduled at least 14 days in advance an addition 2 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers to pay workers who have a shift cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the start of that shift an additional 4 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers who ask workers to call within 72 hours of the start of the shift to confirm whether to report to work or not to pay an additional 4 hours of call-in pay

 

Call-in pay will be calculated at the basic minimum wage for your area and employer size. It is not considered hours worked for the purposed of calculating overtime.

For example, in 2018 (when these rules are likely to be in place) if an Upstate employer asks an employee to work a shift which was not scheduled at least 14 days in advance – the employer must pay that worker an addition $20.80 (2 hours x the minimum wage - $10.40).

 

There are some exceptions. They are:

  • Employees during work weeks when their weekly wages exceed 40 times the applicable minimum wage (For upstate employees in 2018 that would be in excess of $416 per week; 40 x $10.40)
  • Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that expressly provides for call-in pay
  • New employees during their first two weeks of employment
  • Regularly scheduled employees who “volunteer to cover” for a shift scheduled to be worked by another employer
  • Certain provisions for shifts cancelled due to an act of God

 

This rule does not mandate 14-day advanced scheduling, but would result in increased labor costs for employers with lower wage and/or part-time employees who do not adopt the practice.

 

The State initially informed us that these new rules were intended to preempt NYC predictive scheduling laws effective earlier this year, but has since backtracked from that assertion.

 

The proposed rules will appear in the November 22nd edition of the State Register. Interested parties will have 45 days to comment. The Business Council will be submitting comments on behalf of our members and we want to know how these rules would affect your staffing practices. Please let Frank Kerbein, our HR policy director, or myself, know your thoughts as soon as possible for inclusion in those comments. You can reach Frank at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org.

Written by Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
 

 

Paid Family Leave

The NYS Worker’s Compensation Board has released the Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave.

Employers must provide the Statement of Rights to employees when they take Paid Family Leave or take time off from work for a Paid Family Leave qualifying event, but have not requested Paid Family Leave.

Employers may also provide this form to all employees to educate them about Paid Family Leave and it may serve as a template for updates to employee handbooks.

In addition, upon securing Paid Family Leave insurance or Board-approved self-insurance, employers must obtain PFL-120 from their insurance carrier or licensed agent and display the form in a conspicuous location, similar to what they do for Workers’ Compensation and Disability Insurance.

Please click here to obtain the Statement of Rights for Paid Family leave.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          December 5, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Manufacturing Facts

 

Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing

1. In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion. Over that same time frame, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.87 trillion to $1.20 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.85 trillion to $1.00 trillion. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 11.7 percent of GDP in the economy. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Click here for more information

 

 

Safety In the Manufacturing Workplace

 

FREE HM-126 F Refresher at JCC

Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education is pleased to offer a FREE OSHA HM 126-F Refresher training for area manufacturers due to funding from the New York State Occupational Safety & Health Training and Education Hazard Abatement Board grant. Limited spots are available!

 

The HM 126-F Refresher is for all employer and employees engaged in any activities related to the identification, classification, packaging, marking, labeling, loading, unloading, placarding, receiving, preparation of shipping papers, or offering for transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste. This training includes an introduction to OSHA, EPA and DOT and explains their responsibilities. Packaging, Completion of a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, and Specific DOT placarding and marking requirements are covered. Upon completion of training, participants take an exam to assure their awareness of the responsibilities under EPA, OSHA, and DOT regulations. Job specific training such as fork truck safety and record keeping activities will be the employer's responsibility under federal regulations. It is understood that at least one employee per company will take the DOT /RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act) Management Training to answer specific transportation questions that will arise.

 

This four-hour training occurs on December 11, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus, Katharine Jackson Carnahan Center, Room 123. Space is limited, there are only eight (8) spots remaining. Individuals must pre-register to reserve a spot by Friday, December 8. Please call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 338-1005 or email ContinuingEducation@mail.sunyjcc.edu

 

 

Workforce Development

 

MAST Endorses Certified Production Technician Program

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier has endorsed the Certified Production Technician program through Jamestown Community College.  Working in partnership with the Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) at the University at Buffalo, JCC Continuing Education is offering this program to manufacturers from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.  Employees can achieve national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician, while the employers can access grant funding to help cover costs and upgrade the skills and knowledge of their production employees. CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

To offset training costs, the Workforce Development Institute is available to assist organizations in applying for a subsidy to cover half of the training costs, pending successful completion of the program by participants.

The CPT program recently debuted in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

Developing a skilled workforce is essential to the competiveness of manufacturers in the region.  The MAST board of directors has endorsed the CPT because we see this as a valuable credential for both current and potential employees. The CPT is a helpful assessment and training tool that all manufacturers should consider implementing for their employees and request of their applicants.

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          November 29, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

Dream It Do It

 

Another Successful DIDI 500 Attracts 180 Students

On Saturday, November 18th, 180 area students participated in this year's DIDI 500. 

In prior year’s students built rubber ban powered cars, this year students who had experience in prior DIDI 500’s were asked to build and include a motor on their car - a new problem to solve!

Students were divided into 3 divisions - High School, Middle School and Girl Scouts - and enjoyed a day of designing, building, testing racing and selling their rubber band and motor powered cars.

Please visit Facebook for more photos and an article about the event. Click Here to go to the DIDI Facebook Page

 

Workforce Development

 

Get Your Employees Certified as Production Techs at JCC

Grant Funding Available

 

Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Manufacturers from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties are invited to join the training consortium for a nationally accredited certification program that will access grant funding and upgrade the knowledge and skills of their production employees.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

To offset training costs, the Workforce Development Institute is available to assist organizations in applying for a subsidy to cover half of the training costs, pending successful completion of the program by participants.

 

The CPT program recently debuted in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

 

“Developing a skilled workforce is essential to the competiveness of manufacturers in the region,” stated Todd Tranum, MAST executive director. “The MAST board of directors has endorsed the CPT because we seek this as a valuable credential for both current and potential employees. The CPT is a helpful assessment and training tool that all manufacturers should consider implementing for their employees and request of their applicants.”

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

Talent Pipeline Management: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap

 

Today, the engine of the U.S. economy is facing a serious crisis. Our education system is failing to keep pace with our economy and employers are struggling to find skilled workers who can contribute to their growth and competitiveness.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is working with employers to close the skills gap by leveraging lessons learned from supply chain management and applying them to education and workforce partnerships. On November 19, USCCF will hold a national conference in Washington, D.C., to begin building a movement around these employer-driven solutions. Click Here to Lean More

Click here to access a webcast

Click here to access the Building the Talent Pipeline: Implementation Guide

 

Advocacy & Action

 

National Association of Manufacturers Opposes Scott Garrett to EX-IM Bank

Scott Garrett’s confirmation to lead the Ex-Im Bank would be a terrible trade deal for the American manufacturing workers whose jobs depend on the agency. Scott Garrett can't be trusted with the future success of America's manufacturers, workers, and economy. Click Here for More Information.

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

To:             MAST Member

 

From:         Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:          November 22, 2017

 

Subject:     Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Workforce Development

 

Sign Up Your Employees for National Certification

 

Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Manufacturers from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties are invited to join the training consortium for a nationally accredited certification program that will access grant funding and upgrade the knowledge and skills of their production employees.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

To offset training costs, the Workforce Development Institute is available to assist organizations in applying for a subsidy to cover half of the training costs, pending successful completion of the program by participants.

 

The CPT program recently debuted in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

 

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

 

“Developing a skilled workforce is essential to the competiveness of manufacturers in the region,” stated Todd Tranum, MAST executive director. “The MAST board of directors has endorsed the CPT because we seek this as a valuable credential for both current and potential employees. The CPT is a helpful assessment and training tool that all manufacturers should consider implementing for their employees and request of their applicants.”

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

 

Regulatory Updates

DOL Releases New Rules Regarding Employee Scheduling

The NYS Department of Labor has released draft regulations aimed at curbing certain employer staffing practices. Specifically, the regulations center on the practices of “on-call” and “call-in” scheduling. These proposed rules would revise the call-in pay requirement of the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations.

In brief, these rules would:

  • Continue the current call-in pay practice of paying a minimum of four hours pay for employees who report to work and for whom no work is available.
  • Require that employers pay workers who come to work for a shift not scheduled at least 14 days in advance an addition 2 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers to pay workers who have a shift cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the start of that shift an additional 4 hours of call-in pay
  • Require employers who ask workers to call within 72 hours of the start of the shift to confirm whether to report to work or not to pay an additional 4 hours of call-in pay

Call-in pay will be calculated at the basic minimum wage for your area and employer size. It is not considered hours worked for the purposed of calculating overtime.

For example, in 2018 (when these rules are likely to be in place) if an Upstate employer asks an employee to work a shift which was not scheduled at least 14 days in advance – the employer must pay that worker an addition $20.80 (2 hours x the minimum wage - $10.40).

There are some exceptions. They are:

  • Employees during work weeks when their weekly wages exceed 40 times the applicable minimum wage (For upstate employees in 2018 that would be in excess of $416 per week; 40 x $10.40)
  • Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that expressly provides for call-in pay
  • New employees during their first two weeks of employment
  • Regularly scheduled employees who “volunteer to cover” for a shift scheduled to be worked by another employer
  • Certain provisions for shifts cancelled due to an act of God

This rule does not mandate 14-day advanced scheduling, but would result in increased labor costs for employers with lower wage and/or part-time employees who do not adopt the practice.

The State initially informed us that these new rules were intended to preempt NYC predictive scheduling laws effective earlier this year, but has since backtracked from that assertion.

The proposed rules will appear in the November 22nd edition of the State Register. Interested parties will have 45 days to comment. The Business Council will be submitting comments on behalf of our members and we want to know how these rules would affect your staffing practices. Please let Frank Kerbein, our HR policy director, or myself, know your thoughts as soon as possible for inclusion in those comments. You can reach Frank at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org.

Written by Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
 

 

Advocacy & Action

 

The National Association of Manufacturers Position on Tax Reform

Tax Reform is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. Manufacturers in the United States struggle to compete under a tax system with high tax rates, arcane international tax rules, and a significant compliance burden. Click Here for More Information

 

The Business Council of New York State Position on Tax Reform

While we and our members strongly support many aspects of the bill, we simply cannot endorse the elimination of full state and local tax (SALT) deductibility. We appreciate that the House bill does maintain certain aspects of SALT, but it does not go far enough. New York is a net donor state, contributing nearly $50 billion more in taxes than we receive from the federal government. Click Here for More Information.

 

National Association of Manufacturers Opposes Scott Garrett to EX-IM Bank

Scott Garrett’s confirmation to lead the Ex-Im Bank would be a terrible trade deal for the American manufacturing workers whose jobs depend on the agency. Scott Garrett can't be trusted with the future success of America's manufacturers, workers, and economy. Click Here for More Information.

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here for More Information.

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here for More Information.

To:                  MAST Member

 

From:              Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:               November 15, 2017

 

Subject:          Useful Information

 

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Dream It Do It

Start your engines!!

 

It's time for the 6th annual DIDI 500 at St. Bonaventure University Richter Center, Saturday, November 18th at 8:30 am.  

 

Design It!  Build It!  Test It!  Race It!  Sell It!!

 

Students work in teams of 4, mentored by area engineers, to build a rubber band powered car.  Open to students from 7th - 12th grade.

 

Enjoy the video...

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TrwcTGDTxZg

 

...and if you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Sabina at esabina1@gmail.com

 

You can access even more information at: https://sites.google.com/site/dreamitdoit500/home?pli=1

 

 

Workforce Development

The Top 5 Ways to Attract and Retain Great Talent: A Millennial’s Point of View

The term millennial is thrown around quite frequently, so I have to ask what exactly is a millennial. Is it just someone born after the year 1984 and feels that being gluten free is the way to be and walks around with eye glass frames minus the lenses? Or is it someone that is innovative and has great ideas but just are not given the platform to express those ideas? If your answer to this question is the latter then you can continue reading this.

 

As a millennial, I am going to provide you what I believe are the top five priorities that millennials have when they enter the workforce. I am sharing this information in the hope that it may help you retain the young professionals you have in your company today and also help you attract more of the best and brightest in the future.

 

  1. Leadership

Today’s young professional wants to understand the type of person and organization they are working for and their leadership style. Young professionals want clarity on who they answer to and they need to know that the leadership ‘has their back’ and will listen to the ideas that they have to share.

 

  1. Career Growth

Building an organizational structure that allows for career-pathing takes time and strategy. It is important to show your young talent where they can go and better yet show them how they can get there by pointing them in the right direction for professional development. This will help answer the question of where do I see myself in the next five years.

 

  1. The Mission

Today’s generation need to believe in the mission and know the “why” such as “why does the company do this and why does the company do that”? Fully understanding and buying into the company’s mission statement is key to attracting great young talent.

 

  1. Thinking Outside the Box

It does not matter what the job is, new talent has to be sold on the fact that there will be an opportunity to think ‘outside the box’ and allow their ‘creative juice’s’ to flow. Giving a young employee this chance will make them feel important and part of the process and the solution.

 

  1. Community Service

One thing that millennials love to do is give back to their community. So, showing that your company believes in causes that are bigger than themselves is key to getting and retaining talent.

 

Top talent is hard to find and even harder to keep so it is imperative to surround yourself with people that believe in your mission and values. Find the right fit for you and your company.

 

Written by Jehuu Caulcrick. Jehuu is the Dream It Do It Coordinator for Chautauqua County and serves as Director of Industrial Services for the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.​

 

 

Chautauqua County Education Coalition Brings Learning System and Employers Together

Any collaborative project sees success only if each party contributes their time and resources to reach a common goal.  The Chautauqua County Education Coalition (CCEC) welcomes all MAST Members to continue to show strong support for this private sector led initiative.

 

The CCEC and its stakeholders have pledged to a consistent meeting schedule held Bi-Monthly on the fourth Tuesday during the months of: January, March, May, July, September, and November.  This enables the CCEC and its stakeholders to solidify these commitments to one another.  During our Full Group Meetings we provide continuous communication through high level updates on our work through presentations from subgroup chairs (Kindergarten Readiness, Middle School to High School Career Pathways:  Healthcare & Manufacturing, Immediate In-demand Occupation Training:  Healthcare & Manufacturing)  and catalytic projects (e.g. Parents as Teachers, Quality Stars, Dream It Do It, P-TECH, etc.). 

 

The Chautauqua County Education Coalition is a workforce development organization whose mission is to align resources and build capabilities to meet the evolving workforce requirements of the community.  For more information on how your organization can get involved or to access past and present meeting presentations please follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.educoalition.com

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here For More Information

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs and individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here For More Information

 

 

Health Insurance Cost Containment

2018 Open Enrollment Checklist

To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes. Open Enrollment Checklist

 

http://www.lawleyinsurance.com/employee-benefits/open-enrollment-2018/

 

To:                      MAST Member

 

From:                 Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

 

Date:                  November 8, 2017

 

Subject:             Useful Information

 

About the MAST Morning Memo

The MAST Morning Memo is a weekly communication sent to your inbox every Wednesday morning that is designed to give you a quick glance at topics that are important to manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. If there are topics that you would like more information regarding or if you have information to share, or links to articles that you feel help the cause of manufacturing in our region, send it our way. We appreciate your continued investment in the Manufacturers Association of the Southern.

 

 

Member Services & Events

Cybersecurity Seminar - November 15

Cybersecurity will be the topic on Wednesday, November 15 when Phillips Lytle presents Deconstructing Cybersecurity Obligations, a continuing legal education program about recent legal issues raised by trends in technology and cybersecurity.  The program will be held from 8:30-10:30am at the Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown.  Topics will include the data security landscape and recent incidents, questions to ask your IT personnel, what data is protected by law, incident preparedness, and incident response.  Presents are from the Phillips Lytle Data Security & Privacy Team:  Jennifer A. Beckage, James Bobseine, and Brendan Lillis.  This program is recommended for Bar Association members, CEOs, COOs and CFOs, Information Officers, Information Technology Officers, Board members, and business leaders.  This is a free program and is cosponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  Please register by November 8 by contacting Kathryn Gibbons at Phillips Lytle at (716) 847-5469. 

 

 

Lead Generation Sales Summit – November 15

Learn the skills to improve lead generation and sales for your manufacturing company by attending the 2017 Manufacturing Lead Gen & Sales Summit Wednesday, November 15 on the Jamestown campus of Jamestown Community College.  The speakers for the event are experts who have produced real business growth results for manufacturers.  They are:  Josh Curcio, COO and Partner at protocol 80, Inc, who has been working in and speaking about business to business sales and marketing for more than a decade; Deb Calvert, President of People First Productivity Solutions, who was recently named one of the Top 65 Women Business Influencers due to her extensive online reach; and John Hogg, President of Straight-Forward Consulting, who has over 28 years of experience in delivering Supply Chain Excellence and Process Transformation. Topics covered will include:  Sales and Marketing, Buyer Behaviors, and Sales from a Non-sales Person.  The event runs from 8-11:30am at the JCC Carnahan Center and is being sponsored by Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization, Small Business Development Center at JCC, Jamestown Community College, and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.  The cost is just $20 per person.  To register, visit www.protocol80.com

 

 

Dream It Do It

Start your engines!!

 

It's time for the 6th annual DIDI 500 at St. Bonaventure University Richter Center, Saturday, November 18th at 8:30 am.  

 

Design It!  Build It!  Test It!  Race It!  Sell It!!

 

Students work in teams of 4, mentored by area engineers, to build a rubber band powered car.  Open to students from 7th - 12th grade.

 

Enjoy the video...

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TrwcTGDTxZg

 

...and if you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Sabina at esabina1@gmail.com

 

You can access even more information at: https://sites.google.com/site/dreamitdoit500/home?pli=1

 

 

Workforce Development

National Certification Offered to Manufacturers in Region


Manufacturers can now have their employees achieve a national accreditation as a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Jamestown Community College.

 

Manufacturers from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties are invited to join the training consortium for a nationally accredited certification program that will access grant funding and upgrade the knowledge and skills of their production employees.

 

Enrollments are being accepted for the CPT program, offered by JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). Businesses can register one or more employees in the program, which will be held from January through June, 2018.

 

CPT supplies the core knowledge and skills required for front line manufacturing jobs. Based on industry defined and federally endorsed national standards, the content prepares candidates for entry level to supervisory production roles with a portable credential.

 

Curriculum was developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit, industry led, training, assessment, and certification system. The program educates candidates in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

 

To offset training costs, the Workforce Development Institute is available to assist organizations in applying for a subsidy to cover half of the training costs, pending successful completion of the program by participants.

The CPT program recently debuted in Chautauqua County via a pilot with Cummins Inc.’s Jamestown Engine Plant. Cummins’ desire to offer the program locally stems from experiencing the value and effectiveness in providing a credentialed, nationally recognized training to employees at its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana.

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) endorsed CPT as a program that provides essential baseline knowledge and skills for incumbent workers and individuals entering the manufacturing workforce.

“Developing a skilled workforce is essential to the competiveness of manufacturers in the region,” stated Todd Tranum, MAST executive director. “The MAST board of directors has endorsed the CPT because we seek this as a valuable credential for both current and potential employees. The CPT is a helpful assessment and training tool that all manufacturers should consider implementing for their employees and request of their applicants.”

 

Candidates receive 109 hours of training. The program features web-based education as well as classroom learning provided by TCIE Director of Operational Excellence Peter Baumgartner. In-class sessions held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and supplemental textbook reading reinforce the virtual workspace lessons through interactive discussion and hands-on simulations. “The CPT material addresses the new demands of manufacturing,” Baumgartner said. “There are safety, quality and maintenance components of manufacturing that, 10 years ago, weren’t on the minds of the average employee. Now they are an integral part of their jobs.”

 

Candidates earn CPT certification after passing all production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

 

For more information, contact Grant Umberger at grantumberger@mail.sunyjcc.edu or 716.338.1005.

 

 

MAST Student Spotlight

The MAST Student Spotlight highlights a student that is excelling in his/her chosen career pathway. Each week an instructor in the region will select a student that possesses the technology and soft skills that is needed to be successful in the manufacturing field and we will highlight your future employee. Click Here For More Information

 

 

Workforce Connection

The Workforce Connection links you to recently received resumes from student who are in technology programs or individuals in the region that are seeking job opportunities in a manufacturing setting. Click Here For More Information

 

 

Regulatory Updates

The New Revenue Recognition Standard, How Will It Affect Manufacturers

Until implementation of the new revenue recognition standard, most manufacturing companies found the rules for revenue recognition fairly easy to follow. However, the new revenue recognition standard may present new challenges to manufacturers, especially those who followed industry-specific guidance.

 

First, let’s get a general overview of the new standard.

There are five steps to be considered prior to recognizing revenue:

  1. Identify the contract(s) with a customer
  2. Identify the performance obligations in the contract
  3. Determine the transaction price
  4. Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract
  5. Recognize revenue when (or as) the entity satisfies a performance obligation

 

Simple or complex manufacturing contracts

Let’s look at some details. If your company manufactures and sells products through channels that only include simple contracts, such as purchase orders, there is a good chance that you will not be significantly affected by the new standard. However, if you manufacture products that are sold through complex contracts, manufacture custom products, have multiple deliverables, or extended contract terms, you may see changes in the way you recognize revenue. Under the new standard, you will need to pay special attention to all contract extensions, unpriced change orders, sales of additional goods, and any other contract modifications. Why? Because these conditions may affect the amount and timing of recognized revenue. Some contract changes may result in “new” contracts, while others are just the extension of contracts already in place.

 

Performance obligations

When identifying the performance obligations in your contracts, keep in mind that if a good or service is sold separately by your company, but also sold as part of a package, that good or service is probably a separate performance obligation. For example, if you sold a product that included a warranty for defects in workmanship and certain life-limited parts, the first part of the warranty (defects) would be accounted for as a loss contingency. The second part of the warranty (life-limited parts) would require that a portion of the sales price be attributed to it and recognized as income based on historic experience with such warranties.

 

Timing considerations

The standard does not go into effect for private companies until periods beginning after December 15, 2018. However, to comply with that date, you will need to know how the timing and recognition of revenue will be presented in your comparative financial statements by the beginning of 2018. Please keep in mind there are also several financial statement disclosures that may be required, and internal systems may need to be modified in order to collect all needed information.

 

The new revenue recognition standard may have a significant impact on your operations. We will keep you informed as implementation continues.

 

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