Pyrotek Hosting Annual Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Day

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(Pyrotek plant on Route 13 in Cortland)

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The Cortland County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Manufacturing Day this Friday (October 4) at Cortland’s Pyrotek facility on Route 13, where high school students from 14 different schools will attend and learn about modern manufacturing through various presentations and demonstrations.

Students in attendance will get to tour the plant, meet current employees and visit with ten other local manufacturers set up in a demonstration area.

The morning program will end with lunch provided by Pyrotek.

“We welcome the students to view our facilities and experience the good jobs we have waiting for them,” said Pyrotek Division Manager Tom Howard. “ We’re also pleased to have ten other local manufacturers join us to showcase many job openings in the Cortland Area.”

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce the county’s young population to good local manufacturing jobs, however this year the Chamber has expanded the event to include non-manufacturing businesses hiring for entry level jobs, as well.

“There are many great jobs for our students delaying their 4 year college education or who have decided that their career path doesn’t include college,” said Chamber President Bob Haight. “We welcome those students to come to Pyrotek in October to get a feel for what’s available, both at Pyrotek and at other local facilities. We’re pleased that 14 of our local high schools have chosen to come.”

As part of their effort to promote local jobs, the Chamber will also be publishing a Manufacturing Catalog, which students will be able to use to learn more about the companies and their employees.

Hard copies will be available in all 18 schools’ guidance offices once Manufacturing Day is complete. An online version will also be available from the Chamber’s website.

For more information about Manufacturing Day or the Catalog, please contact the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce.

More news about local manufacturing:

A non-profit organization called ‘FuzeHub’ recently hosted a forum at the Cortland Country Club, designed to connect local workers with disabilities with area employers in need of workers for tasks like packaging, assembly, and product development.

The event was held Thursday (September 27) evening, in partnership with JM Murray in Cortland, as well as TDO out of Onondaga County (Liverpool).

In attendance were local contract manufacturers from social enterprises like JM Murray, who met with small to mid-size manufacturers with the idea of providing them alternatives to outsourcing their labor. A contract manufacturer is a workforce solution available to businesses that provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), the New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation, and New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) sponsored the forum.

Click here for more information and a full list of partners & resources.

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