Assemblymen Lopez and Molinaro to Hold Manufacturing Forum in Hudson

Task Force will discuss ways to revitalize industry in New York State
February 2, 2009
The Assembly Minority Manufacturing Task Force will host a roundtable forum at Columbia Greene Community College on February 12 with local manufacturing executives and industry groups to discuss ideas on how to improve the region’s business climate.

“In the wake of the devastating Kaz manufacturing layoffs in Hudson, it is crucial to bring this Manufacturing Task Force forum to our community to find ways to increase employment in this critical part of the local economy,” said Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie). “I look forward to working with local manufacturers to lower the cost of doing business in New York and encourage employee training, job retention and capital investment in our area.”

Among the manufacturers and industry experts expected to attend are representatives from Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, The Council of Industry, Empire State Development, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, Ulster County Development Corporation, American Spacer Technologies Inc., Redwing Sand and Gravel, Saturn Industries and Sonoco Crellin.

“Many Hudson Valley working families depend upon the high-quality jobs that our local manufacturers provide,” said Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, (R,C,I – Red Hook), member of the Assembly Education Committee. “I am pleased to bring together our local manufacturers on the campus of Columbia Greene Community College. These entrepreneurs are instrumental to local economies, and I look forward to hearing their ideas on how we can provide a well-educated and trained workforce to fill these jobs.”

“The Columbia County business community is eager to participate in this dialogue about creating local jobs,” said David B. Colby, President & CEO Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Columbia Greene Community College Professional and Academic Center, Room 611, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Those interested in attending should RSVP as soon as possible to Kathleen Lisson in the Assembly Minority Office of Public Affairs at (518) 455-5073.

Created in 2004, the Assembly Minority Manufacturing Task Force has traveled throughout New York’s manufacturing corridors to gain insight into the special challenges facing the industry. Based on feedback from those meetings, the Assembly minority crafted a comprehensive package of legislation that contains several measures that would benefit manufacturers statewide, including increasing workforce development, reducing taxes and lowering the cost of energy for manufacturers.