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Save the Date! 20th Anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards are open!  Nominate the Dutchess County businesses that have earned a reputation for excellence, service and innovation to be honored at this year’s special anniversary event.

Save the date, Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5:30 to 9 pm, where the Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year will be honored at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Past Winners of the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards

Over the past 20 years, the Business Excellence Awards have honored the outstanding businesses that contribute to the immense growth and innovation happening in Dutchess County.  We realize that the more that local companies come together, the better it is for all industries- as it results in a thriving business community.

Nominations for this year’s 20th Anniversary Awards are now open!

2018 Business Excellence Awards Nominations Slider

We encourage you to nominate the businesses you feel are creating a lasting impact on the Dutchess County economy. Entering the awards is a great way to raise your company’s profile and credibility and often leads to new business opportunity and growth potential.  Just ask these past winners.

2017

2016

  • Barton Orchards- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Taylor Manufacturing- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Hudson Valley House of Hope- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Hudson Cadillac, Buick, GMC- Small Business of the Year
  • Indoor Organic Gardens Poughkeepsie, Brud Hodgkins- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Tech Meetup- Innovator of the Year

2015

  • Dennis Murray, Marist College- Special Service Award
  • The Bardavon- Non Profit of the Year
  • NERAK Systems- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Sabellicos Greenhouse- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Gus Serroukas- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tinkleman Architecture- Small Business of the Year

2014

  • Anderson Center for Autism- Business of the Year
  • The Baptist Home at Brookmeade- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Northside Supplies- Innovator of the Year
  • Solid State Cooling- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Rockhedge Herb Farm- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • The Amendola Group- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • DBS Remodel- Small Business of the Year
  • Groomingdales Doggy Daycare & Salon- Newcomer of the Year
  • Dyson Racing- Special Recognition Award

2013

  • Hudson Valley Renegades- Business of the Year
  • Rebuilding Together Dutchess County- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Echo Cottages Ltd.- Innovator of the Year
  • ModCraft- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Fishkill Farms- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Lola’s Café & Catering/ Crave Restaurant & Lounge- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Office Furniture- Small Business of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union- Special Recognition Award

Self-nominations are encouraged! Winners within the last five years are eligible to apply or can be nominated in a different category than their previous award. To enter, select the category that best represents the business. You may submit an application in more than one category as long as the criteria for entry are met.  Download, complete and save the fillable pdf for the nomination category and return to Rachel@thinkdutchess.com by July 31, 2018. This year’s awards will be presented in the following categories

 

 

Innovative Manufacturer, Titan Barrel Works, Seeks to Expand Production and Create Jobs

In 2017, entrepreneurs Michael Georgacopoulos and his partner Christopher Kay sought to reinvent the cooperage business to make things easier, and create more affordable options for wine and spirits manufacturers to barrel-age their products.  The result was an innovative stainless-steel and wood barrel that is revolutionizing the industry.

Titan Barrel Works Manufacturing Facility

        

 

 

 

As demand and production increase, Titan Barrel Works continues to grow here in Dutchess County.  Adding up to 20 new jobs by the end of the year, the company’s projected growth and ability to produce 40-50k barrels Titan Barrel could add up to 150 jobs to the area.

READ MORE HERE

International Women’s Day

For decades, women in Dutchess County have been trailblazing paths in business.  Today, on International Women’s Day, and every day- we are proud of the women who set prime examples, push the boundaries, and contribute to our communities in so many ways. Read more about the women impacting business and life here in Dutchess County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing the REDC PTAC Center at Think Dutchess

March 1, 2018

REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center Opens New Satellite Office in Dutchess County, N.Y.

Center Will Partner with Think Dutchess to Support Regional Business Development Activities

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – March 1, 2018) — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is pleased to welcome the new satellite office of Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (REDC PTAC) to Dutchess County, N.Y.  The new site will be conveniently located at Think Dutchess’ office at 3 Neptune Rd, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.

Established in 1986, REDC PTAC is a free resource for businesses pursuing and performing under government contracts. This includes contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies as well as state and local government agencies.

Aligning with Think Dutchess’ goal to advance business expansion in Dutchess County, REDC PTAC offers complimentary government contracting services, such as one-on-one counseling, educational opportunities, certification information and research assistance to identify potential bidding options. Thanks to its new location in Poughkeepsie, REDC PTAC is now well-positioned to offer these types of tailored business assistance and support services to companies in Dutchess County.

“Our goal is to help as many businesses in Dutchess County to sell their products and services to government entities,” said Lin Simeti, PTAC Program Director. “Our business assistance and support network identify and connect small businesses to the right local, state and federal agencies.”

“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to partner with REDC PATC to launch its new satellite office,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess.

“At Think Dutchess, our mission is to serve as a one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County. By welcoming REDC PTAC to join our office, our team will be even better equipped to support, develop and grow business and economic development in the county.”

For more information on REDC PTAC, please visit http://www.redc.org/ptac/ or learn more about its services at https://youtu.be/_mX88Sr18x8.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized 501(c)(3) 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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Media Contact:

Rachel Welch

Communications Coordinator

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

office: 845.463.5400

direct: 845.463.5401

email: rachel@thinkdutchess.com

 

Asahi Shuzo International Establishes New York’s Largest Sake Brewery in Dutchess County

The Japanese company will invest more than $28 million and create 32 new jobs in Hyde Park, N.Y.

 Sake Company Announces Manufacturing Facility in Dutchess County NYL to R: Kazuhiro Sakurai, Tim Ryan, Hiroshi Sakurai. Credit: The Culinary Institute of America

Japanese brewing company Asahi Shuzo International today announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County, N.Y. A maker of world-renowned DASSAI premium sake, the company will invest more than $28 million in a vacant building in Hyde Park, N.Y., aiming to produce more than 332,000 gallons of sake annually. The company’s international expansion will create 32 new jobs.

As part of its decision to expand in Dutchess County, Asahi Shuzo will also partner with the Culinary Institute of America on future R&D opportunities, including the development of new curriculum, certification programs, workshops and special events. The partnership will seek to increase the awareness of sake within the United States market.International Sake Company Moves to Dutchess County

“When looking for a site to build our first U.S. brewery, we knew we wanted to differentiate ourselves from other sake brewers,” said Asahi Shuzo Chairman, Hiroshi Sakurai. “The proximity to The CIA, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is an ideal fit. We are excited to cultivate this new relationship.”

To encourage Asahi Shuzo’s growth in Dutchess County, the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business helped Asahi Shuzo secure the new property and appropriate zoning amendments, along with the Town of Hyde Park. Additionally, Empire State Development offered the company up to $588,235 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program.

“We’re proud to welcome Japanese brewing company Asahi Shuzo International to Hyde Park, N.Y.,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “The fact that an international beverage producer has chosen to expand in Dutchess County for its first U.S. location proves how fast-growing and innovative our craft beverage and agri-business industry truly is.”

Source: Empire State Development and The Culinary Institute of America  

Waterfront Development and Investment Opportunity

Opportunity for Sustainable Transit Oriented Waterfront Redevelopment

MTA Transit Oriented Development RFEI

A redevelopment initiative conducted by the MTA in collaboration with the City of Poughkeepsie is underway and has issued a Request For Expression of Interest (RFEI) for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  The RFEI sets the stage for mixed-use redevelopment of underutilized land adjacent to the historic rail terminal.  These sites have spectacular views of the Hudson River and enjoy direct access to waterfront amenities and a thriving downtown.

As one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie has that vibe – the one you can only feel in a community that’s on the verge of a new era and filled with “Poughtential.” It’s the same feeling that neighboring Beacon, N.Y. had once DIA:Beacon was established, which fueled a dynamic rebirth of a historic river city once longing for visitors, residents and investment. With nearly $1 billion in major projects and more than $2 billion in developments in the planning or permit phase in Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie is in the center of that surge, bolstered by a 14-block, more than $500 million investment by Vassar Brothers Medical Center. In addition to large projects like Vassar, small businesses and entrepreneurs are also choosing to relocate in Poughkeepsie, with many leaving New York City’s outer boroughs for lower cost yet effortlessly cool warehouse buildings that once housed the city’s brewing, whaling and manufacturing industries.

A TOD provides an opportunity for enhanced economic development of the region and appeals to a broad market of potential users.  According to the RFEI, opportunities may include a mix of residential, retail, office/commercial, hotel, and expanded commuter parking elements.

Those interested in responding can download the RFEI here to learn more about submission guidelines and deadlines.

For additional information on available sites, buildings, and opportunities available in Dutchess County, contact Think Dutchess Director of Business Attraction, Don Minichino at 845.463.5404.

 

EFCO: Four Generations of Success

Poughkeepsie Roots, Global Business

 

Company Name: EFCO Products 

Industry: Food Manufacturing/ Production

Year established: 1903

 

 

Family owned EFCO Products is a rarity in today’s industry, let alone the global business culture.  Headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York, EFCO adheres to a long-standing tradition of service excellence and product quality that is rooted in its heritage since 1903. Manufacturing ingredients for over 100 years, EFCO serves the ever-changing and evolving needs of local and wholesale bakeries, global industrial food processors and chain restaurants.

Commenting on more than a century of doing business in the Hudson Valley, president, and CEO, Steve Effron said, “Our business is constantly changing and we’ve had to continue to evolve with it.”  The Poughkeepsie native also pointed to a long list of advantages doing business in Dutchess County: “We have a long-tenured workforce that is very skilled and adept at what they do.  Our workforce is fueled by a strong educational system, particularly Marist College, the Culinary Institute of America, and Dutchess Community College,” he said, “We also benefit from our proximity to a large population base in the eastern corridor and great access to New York ports.

“The strength of our business is innovation, and we like our customers and prospective customers to see how our products are developed and made.” Effron continued, ” Fortunately, both our domestic and international customers love coming to the Hudson Valley.  Whether they are from New York City, the Middle East, Asia, or Latin America, our customers appreciate the rich history of the area and of our company.”

 

For four generations, this global business has not only made life sweeter for consumers but also continues to contribute to the community in many ways.  To learn more about Steve Effron and the EFCO legacy here in Dutchess, read more in our inaugural issue of the Think Dutchess magazine.

Dutchess County Outpaces Region, State and Nation for Private Sector Job Growth

Dutchess County’s private sector job growth increased 2.7% in November and 3% in December of last year.

Dutchess County Outpaces Region, State and Nation for Private Sector Job Growth

According to the New York State Department of Labor, the Dutchess-Putnam MSA’s private sector job growth rate rose to 3% in December 2017, ranking above the growth rates of the Hudson Valley Region (1.4%), New York State (1.4%) and the United States (1.7%), respectively.

Dutchess County also outperformed the month prior, when the November 2017 Dutchess-Putnam MSA private sector job growth rate totaled 2.7%, a number well above the growth rates of the Hudson Valley Region (1.6%), New York State (1.4%) and United States (1.7%) overall.

In 2017, Dutchess County also tied with Putnam County for the lowest unemployment rate of all seven counties in the Hudson Valley, with both counties coming in at 4.3% unemployment in November and 4.1% unemployment in December, respectively.

A longtime home to global corporations like IBM and Gap, as well as emerging hub for startups and small businesses, Dutchess County is well-positioned for further growth in the 2018.

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business has already supported several current investments in the county, including National Resources’ redevelopment of a former IBM campus into the $300 million iPark City, East Fishkill’s new $25 million Sports Kingdome and the $510 million expansion of Vassar Brother Medical Center―the largest construction project in Poughkeepsie to date.

Source: New York State Department of Labor

COMPANY PROFILE: IBM

Why one of America’s top tech companies has called Dutchess County home for nearly 75 years

A corporate name synonymous with innovation and reinvention, IBM has a historic legacy in Dutchess County, N.Y. Over the last several decades, IBM operations in the county have generated large numbers of jobs and produced some of “Big Blue’s” most iconic technologies, including all of IBM’s mainframes and IBM Deep Blue, which famously became the first computer to beat a world chess master.

IBM Aerial in Poughkeepsie
Aerial view of IBM’s Dutchess County operations

IBM’s presence in Dutchess County began in 1941 when the company purchased a second campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In 1962, after IBM grew to more than 100,000 employees nationwide, the company expanded to more than 400 acres in East Fishkill, N.Y. Here, IBM introduced its first mainframe computer, the System/360, a server that revolutionized business due to its use of semiconductor technology and established IBM as a leader in the computing industry.

IBM Z Marc Molinaro Dutchess County
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Maria Boonie, IBM Vice President, z Systems Software Development

Today, Dutchess County continues to serve as one of IBM’s top U.S. manufacturing locations, churning out mainframe technology for the 21st century, known as z Systems. In 2017, the Fortune 500 company unveiled its latest edition, IBM z14, which is capable of computing 12 billion cybersecure exchanges daily and supports 87 percent of credit card transactions around the globe, totaling almost $8 trillion payments annually.

Currently, IBM’s Dutchess County workforce is made up of more than 50 percent engineers, with many coming from nearby schools like Marist College. The company’s Dutchess County employees have also secured more than 6,000 patents over the course of IBM’s history.    While its focus has long been on providing the best technology, IBM has also made strides in design. In 2017, IBM Poughkeepsie was awarded the title of IBM’s 37th official “Design Studio,” making it part of a global network of offices that champion IBM Design Thinking.

IBM softwear engineer in Poughkeepsie
IBM softwear engineer in Poughkeepsie

Like all things, as the times have changed, so has IBM. Although the company downsized in the 1990’s from its massive 1960-era operations, previously-owned IBM property still plays a major role in Dutchess County. Today, much of IBM’s original East Fishkill campus is owned by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a California-based semiconductor manufacturing company, which employs 2,500 people on 160 acres of active manufacturing space.

In 2017, thanks to the help of Think Dutchess, Connecticut real estate group National Resources announced further plans to redevelop 300 acres of the campus into a mixed-use office, retail, hotel and residential development, known as iPark City. Also located at the former campus, Dutchess County’s new $25 million Sports Kingdome will soon be the world’s largest air-supported sports dome, estimated to attract 500,000 visitors annually.

 

To learn more about IBM’s longstanding presence in Dutchess County, download the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine.

 

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, at 845.463.5404 or don@thinkdutchess.com.

 

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