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RIT to hold forum on importance of manufacturing

Rochester Business Journal
October 3, 2013

Rochester Institute of Technology will play host on Friday to a forum on National Manufacturing Day, when university, business and political officials gather to discuss the importance of manufacturing to the local economy and the need for a skilled workforce for area companies to remain competitive.

The 10 a.m. program takes place at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and will feature remarks from expert speakers, including:

  • Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability;
  • Lovely Warren, Rochester City Council president and city mayoral candidate;
  • Judy Seil, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development of Monroe County;
  • John Batiste, president and CEO of Klein Steel Service Inc.;
  • Kevin Kelley, executive director of the Rochester Technology Manufacturing Association; and
  • Vincent Esposito, executive director of Empire State Development Finger Lakes Regional Office.

Following presentations, speakers will participate in a panel discussion focusing on Rochester-area manufacturing priorities, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Manufacturing Day is an annual event that occurs the first Friday in October. It is a coordinated occasion during which hundreds of manufacturers across the nation conduct open houses, career workshops and other events to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers—particularly among middle- and high-school students and educators.

“Manufacturing, particularly as it relates to sustainability, is a strong area of concentration for GIS because manufacturing remains a key driver of the local, state, national and global economies, and we need to help ensure that it remains that way,” Nasr said, in a statement. “To remain competitive in a global marketplace, all companies—both new and established—will need a special edge or niche. I think that sustainability can provide that extra competitive edge for many manufacturers.”

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