According to the NYS Office of the State Comptroller, from 2000 to 2008, manufacturing declined by nearly 28 percent in Upstate New York, representing a loss of nearly 105,000 jobs. And yet, one in nine Upstate New York employees works in manufacturing jobs. In the Auburn area, manufacturing—especially in plastics, medical instruments, and metal fabrication—remains a vital part of the economy.
Cayuga Community College invites campus and community members to learn more about three locally owned and operated manufacturing companies during a daylong trip from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. The Manufacturing Road Trip, part of the Entrepreneurial Road Trip series, will make stops at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles and Tessy Plastics and 4MPrecision in Auburn.
Participants will learn about the dynamic operations and type of workforce needs of manufacturing. They will hear from the industry leaders how they got started, have grown their business, and how they are managing today.
“The road trip supports the College’s goal or supporting revitalization of the region’s economy through the promotion of entrepreneurship in all of its forms,” said Assistant Professor Sheila Myers, coordinator of experiential learning and organizer of the trip. “Hearing the stories of successful entrepreneurs motivates us to learn what steps we need to take to create our own career paths and opportunities. This is the third trip in the series, which has exposed our students and some community members to three areas that are important in our regional economy—agribusiness, tourism and hospitality, and manufacturing.”
Lunch is included in the trip, which is sponsored in part by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Coleman Foundation.