Manufacturing Month Marked

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – October marks Manufacturing Month and those at the SUNY JCC Manufacturing Institute are celebrating the ever changing industry that is essential to our region. 

Students, faculty, manufacturing representatives, elected officials, and others associated with the industry gathered at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College to celebrate the importance of manufacturing regionally on Friday.

Described as a creative process of coming up with ideas, products, and solutions ultimately creating and testing them. Manufacturing month focuses on the industry, its core roots, rich history, and strong future.

This year, the manufacturing program at JCC has the largest class it has ever seen with a current 12 students, steadily growing the amount of educated local workers.

Also this year, those with Dream It Do It in Western New York are focusing on technology tours, and spreading information on how important the manufacturing industry is to the area.

“One of the biggest needs in the manufacturing sector right now is workforce,“ explained President of DIDI, and Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Todd Tranum. “There’s a lot of career opportunities for people who are looking to get into the manufacturing sector for our young people in our community. If you’re thinking about careers please be thinking about careers right here in our region, and some great manufacturing jobs, they pay well, they have great benefits, they’re innovation centers.” 

Between Chautauqua, Catteragous, and Allegany counties the manufacturing industry generates $7.5 billion dollars in shipments regionally.

With the boom in the industry locally more opportunities are coming to the area, this week New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Electrovaya, Inc., a producer of lithium-ion batteries for transportation and utility storage, is opening its first U.S. plant in the Town of Ellicott.


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