HERKIMER, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – FuzeHub’s ‘Vitality in the Valley’ event for small to medium-sized manufacturers to network and grow their business took place on June 8th at Herkimer College.

“We are bringing people in the agricultural aspect of manufacturing together with traditional manufacturers so that they can interact and be a resource for each other,” said Everton H. Henriques, NY MEP Solutions Director at FuzeHub.

FuzeHub partners with the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), and with SUNY Cobleskill, the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency (HCIDA) for this event, which welcomes people from all over the state.

“We have people here from Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and New York City. As the IDA we work closely with them when businesses come into the area or existing businesses need support whether it’s in cybersecurity or other manufacturing, 3D printing we work with them and local MEP center to help those companies all work together,” said John Piseck, Chief Executive Officer, Herkimer County IDA.

At the event, people can exhibit their products or services that are focused on helping manufacturers, and understand what is available to them for grants and other financings.

“And so if a small company has some issue with wanting to develop new material or some assistance in other kinds of material we’re able to bring them together so they can discuss it and the university portion can provide the research the development and the technology to help them grow. With this partnership we hope to really get people to focus on what it is that we have here in the valley and how we can grow that economically for everyone,” said Henriques.