2019 Business Excellence Awards

 

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Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Highlights Leadership and Economic Success in Dutchess County at Annual Awards

 

Six winners awarded highest honors for their contributions toward economic development.

 

November 5, 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business honored six award-winning businesses and leaders at the annual Business Excellence Awards. Nearly 300 C-Suite executives, top government official and proud business supporters joined to celebrate the achievements of the honorees.

“The Business Excellence Awards celebrate success, and our winners represent what it takes to attain that success,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In 2019 we saw increased visibility of our county in film and television production, international and national media outlets, through new businesses attracted and business expansions. These winners helped build the foundation of our economy to help make that happen.”

 

                                                 

Special guest speaker, Jeff Havens, entertained and inspired the evening’s guests with a well-researched and comedic keynote speech on leadership aimed at improving and highlighting organizational communication. “I am honored to present this group of honorees with an award that is an example of great leadership,” said keynote humorist and author, Jeff Havens. “These leaders inspire us to reach our fullest potential. Additionally, they represent the mission of Think Dutchess to recognize the importance of the individuals in the business sector that lead to great, engaged communities.”

Award winners included:

          •  Small Business of the Year: Earth, Wind & Fuego for their innovative approach to workforce development and tireless work to deliver a transformational experience for both their employees and the community they serve.
          • Large Business of the Year: S&O Construction Services for a phenomenal job over the past three decades to raise the profile and prestige of the skilled trades and their determination to give back to the community.
          • Nonprofit of the Year: Dutchess SCORE for the dedication and impact of the all-volunteer network that bolsters our small business community.
          • Innovator of the Year: Accessadoor for pioneering technology with the ability to impact more than 3 ½ million people and alter 50 year old technology.
          • The Grand Award/Business of the Year: iPark 84 for the rapid reinvigoration and redevelopment of a once-vacant parcel, creation of a food-hub supporting a target industry for the county and plans for continued growth.
          • Special Recognition Award: Charles R. Daniels III for his contributions to developing and supporting economic development in Dutchess County.

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      About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

      Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop-shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

       

Think Dutchess Celebrates Manufacturing Day

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Dutchess County, NY recognizes strength in region’s manufacturing industry in celebration of Manufacturing Day

The county is leading the way in training manufacturing talent to ensure industry growth

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK – October 4, 2019 — In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 4, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business recognizes the county’s history in manufacturing and innovative thinking. More than 7,000 workers are currently in the manufacturing sector in Dutchess, of which 68% are employed in the computer and electronics manufacturing industry, according to NAICS Association. With support from local colleges and apprenticeship programs to help young people find career pathways, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business works with the Council of Industry (COI) to promote advanced manufacturing across the region.

More than 71% of manufacturers cite inability to attract skilled workers as their top challenge, according to HV Mfg Magazine. Due to rising tuition costs, there is also growth in students challenging the structure of traditional education for emerging technical careers, looking specifically for programs that are guaranteed to prepare them for the current labor market. With 135 member firms in the Hudson Valley, Council of Industry works to connect these students with manufacturing employers, helping young people see advanced manufacturing as the future of innovation in America.

A privately funded, not-for-profit, member-based organization made up of manufacturing businesses, Council of Industry’s mission is to promote the success of its member firms and their employees by fostering manufacturing talent and providing education, awareness and support for the industry.

 

“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to collaborate with the Council of Industry to continue to build the advanced manufacturing workforce in Dutchess County and attract new manufacturing business to the area,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “With continued growth from established companies to new startups on the rise, Dutchess County is a growing hub for innovation.”

Programs offered by the Council of Industry such as Go Make It, a manufacturing careers platform, give young people a representation of what a manufacturing career might look like with cutting edge technology and advanced skills as opposed to the outdated notion of laborious production line work. COI also connects members directly with skilled workers as the #1 resource for manufacturing jobs in the area, making it a priority to keep job growth and talent thriving in Dutchess County, NY.

In addition to these programs, the New York State Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) was created as an employer-led, public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations. A 16-month to four-year program, MIAP works with six registered trades: Machinists (CNC); Electro-Mechanical Technicians; Maintenance Mechanics (Automatic Equipment); Quality Assurance Auditors; Toolmakers and Industrial Manufacturing Technicians.

 

In 2018, there were 370 graduates from Dutchess County Community College’s Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies programs. With a new southern campus expected to open in fall 2020 this number is expected to rise in the coming years.

 

For more information on the Council of Industry visit https://www.councilofindustry.org/.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkduchess.com.

 

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Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Gains Strong Momentum in Dutchess County

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Brooklyn Food Manufacturer Crepini Relocates in Dutchess County

Earlier this year, specialty food manufacturer, Crepini, announced the relocation and expansion of its production facility to the growing food hub at iPark 84 in East Fishkill.
The new, custom-built 33,000 square foot facility will incorporate state-of-the-art machinery and technology aimed at producing crepes and healthy alternatives to bread and wraps. READ MORE >>

Asahi Shuzo Establishes $28 Million U.S. Sake Brewery

Last year, Japan’s renowned manufacturer of DASSAI premium sake, Asahi Shuzo, announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County.
Set to open in 2020, the brewery will become New York State’s largest sake brewery and produce 332,000 gallons of sake annually. READ MORE >>

3 Reasons Why F&B Manufacturers Thrive in Dutchess County

Dutchess County’s $601.5 million tourism industry and $50 million agribusiness industry help support the growth of dozens of food & beverage manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.
In our new video, explore three more reasons why food & beverage companies are choosing to #ThinkDutchess.

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NATIONAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF FORMER IBM CAMPUS

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Contact:

Lynne M. Ward

National Resources

(203) 661-0055

lward@nationalresources.com

 

 

East Fishkill, New York – September 1, 2017 – National Resources (NRE) has acquired the former IBM East Campus in Fishkill, New York. NRE is taking ownefulfillment00-acres of land with 2 million square feet of buildings from GlobalFoundries.

The Campus is set to become one of NRE’s signature i.Park’s, a branded mixed-use tech/flex redevelopment with retail, hotel and residential components.

GlobalFoundries, with 2,500 employees, will continue to own 160-acres where it manufactures the 300 mm wafer and will lease several buildings from NRE. IBM and eMagin will lease offices, laboratories and clean rooms keeping the tech heart of the park in place. Several high bay spaces are to be leased to new users and high cube build-to-suit warehouses have been designed for distribution and fulfillment centers seeking the direct access to I-84 and New York City at this location.

Over the past six months, NRE has been working with Dutchess County Executive’s Office, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, the Town of East Fishkill and Empire State Development prepare the site with the suitable zoning and parcel subdivision in order to secure users for its new commercial, industrial and mixed-use facilities.

Joseph Cotter, President of NRE and Lynne Ward, Executive Vice President, are striving for another success to compliment their fully leased portfolio of i.Parks in the NY/CT Metro Area. NRE is a specialist real estate development and investment firm that focuses on the redevelopment of corporate industrial sites and is best known for its landmark waterfront residences and innovative i.Parks. These branded i.Parks take full advantage of infill locations accessible to commercial centers and transportation nodes. Current and past projects include i.Park Hudson in Yonkers, New York; i.Park Norwalk in Norwalk, CT and i.Park Lake Success in Long Island, NY.

“The business plan is to take advantage of the $1 billion in infrastructure that currently exists at the site and provide new warehouse distribution opportunities in the I-84 corporate growth corridor. The skilled workforce in the area should be a major attraction for employers,” according to Joseph Cotter.

 

For more information on National Resources, visit http://www.NationalResources.com.

 

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