Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing announced
A broad array of academic institutions and industry partners today announced the formation of an organization dedicated to the support of innovative, advanced manufacturing in New York’s Mohawk and Mid-Hudson Valleys. Among those on hand for the announcement were NYS Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito, NYS Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
The Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM) is a 501c3, not-for-profit organization that includes SUNYIT, The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), Council for Industry (CI), Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC), Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corporation (MVATC), and Mount Saint Mary College. With the inclusion of other SUNY institutions whose programs are important to advanced manufacturing, CGAM will support manufacturers and manufacturing through the education and training of New York’s manufacturing engineering workforce and by providing incubation and acceleration facilities in both regions.
"Our manufacturers face challenging economic conditions, rapidly changing technology and growing global competition," said Wolf Yeigh, president of SUNYIT. "This endeavor will support advanced manufacturing in ways that will foster economic development, growth, and jobs creation."
CGAM will provide manufacturers with the capacity needed to support emerging best practices, helping industries survive critical changes while positioning them for growth. Ongoing training and education will give the regional workforce opportunities to develop critical new skills. In addition, CGAM will pair academic researchers in relevant disciplines with manufacturers, for process improvement and new product development.
"This partnership will expand on the work that is ongoing in the Mid-Hudson Valley, creating new opportunities for manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley," said Vincent Cozzolino, founder of TSEC. “Building on our support of the solar energy industry, CGAM will extend the same or similar resources to other advanced manufacturers in both regions."
CGAM’s products and services will include strategies for innovation, strategic business planning, marketing assistance, export assistance, research and development, workforce development, workforce education and training, engineering services, plant layout, innovation assistance, technology assistance, ISO and other quality certifications, regulatory compliance and global supply chain management. CGAM partners are seeking funding from a variety of sources to expand services in both regions.
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