Fulton Celebrates Local Manufacturers Throughout October – Oswego County Today
FULTON – Yesterday, October 1, the Town of Fulton celebrated manufacturers and those working to educate and train the future manufacturing workforce.
At City Hall in the presence of several local representatives and community members, Mayor Deana Michaels announced that October will be recognized as Manufacturers’ Month in the city and that there will be initiatives throughout the month. to show the city’s support. The first show of support was presented in the form of a video, which can be viewed below.
Michaels thanked Steve Chirello and 325 Productions for their contribution to the video.
Throughout the event, the following people spoke and shared their stories: Mayor Deana Michaels, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, Oswego County District 25 Legislator Ralph Stacy Jr., Cayuga Community College Associate Vice President Academic Affairs and Campus Dean Fulton Kieko Kimura, G. Ray Bodley Students Enrolled in the Early College High School Reese Pierce and Matthew Firenze, P-Tech Student Noah Walter, Tiffany Latino-Gerlock representing MACNY, Austin Wheelock representing Operation Oswego County IDA, Katie Toomey representing CEO of GOFCC CenterState and Community Development Agency Director Brad Broadwell.
Barclay said it had been difficult since the start of the pandemic and thanked the manufacturers who persevered throughout. He then discussed statistics on the impact of manufacturing industry on New York State, such as “for every dollar spent on manufacturing in 2019, an additional $ 2.79 was added to the economy.”
He also said that from August 2020 to August 2021, manufacturing in New York City was a $ 70 billion industry.
Stacy has spoken extensively about the history of manufacturing in Oswego County from its beginnings, when its settlers made potash, which is primarily used in fertilizers, but can also be used to produce soap, glass, and certain bleaching compounds. The manufacturing industry expanded significantly from starch production in the mid-1800s to products made today, including food packaging in Huhtamaki.
“Oswego County’s rich manufacturing history continues,” said Stacy. “Many of you, your parents, grandparents, even your great-grandparents have made a comfortable living as employees of these companies and the opportunities for our residents are still there today.”
Regarding the future of the manufacturing workforce, Kimura, Pierce, Firenze and Walter spoke about the city’s educational opportunities.
Kimura said the CCC is focused on meeting the needs of its students with shorter programs and flexible hours. Construction of a state-of-the-art “state-of-the-art” manufacturing institute is currently underway at CCC’s Fulton campus with the goal of training industrial technologists to contribute to the economic well-being of the county.
The students then shared their education and efforts to earn a degree earlier in life through the free programs available to them while in high school.
Latino-Gerlock, Wheelock and Toomey each spoke about their experiences in their respective roles at MACNY, Operation Oswego County IDA and GOFCC CenterState CEO, and their enthusiasm in promoting the manufacturing industry.
Mayor Michaels then read aloud the town’s proclamation that October 2021 would be recognized as Manufacturers’ Month in the town of Fulton. She urged schools in the city to support local manufacturers by educating the next generation of students to keep families at home in Fulton.
Broadwell discussed Fulton’s potential growth and his past. He spoke of his personal connection to this story as a direct product of his impact. His mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all worked for Sealright.
“I never used all the facts I have in mind about our making,” said Broadwell. “When I came back [to Fulton after 37 years], I was so happy to hear this leadership from this council and this mayor wanted to celebrate what we were and wanted to go back and maintain that success and go further.
They then showed the video provided above as a snapshot of who is, was and will be Fulton.
“This is the future of Fulton and it is our commitment to you, our manufacturers, to our workforce development program and to all of our stakeholders and partners,” said Michaels.
Michaels said the city has been working on the following:
- Pedestrian safety
- Coastal stabilization
- Included manufacturers in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Comprehensive City Plan to be voted on this month
- Support for small businesses through grants
What is the next:
- Develop a master plan for the old Nestles site
- Complete DRI projects
- Pursue the redevelopment of the program of economic and community development agencies
- Continue to meet regularly with developers
- Infrastructure improvements
- Continue to collaborate with Fulton Block Builders and Oswego County Land Bank
The city’s celebration of its makers will continue this month with a variety of initiatives, such as the first annual Fulton Fall Festival, which will spotlight local makers on Saturday, October 9, and the promotion of manufacturers on social networks and billboards.