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Skills gap hobbles manufacturers (access required)

Mike Forbes, founder of Forbes Precision Inc., operates a machine in his shop. (Velvet Spicer)

When James Kosowski’s best employee moved away this year he contemplated closing up shop. The staffer was irreplaceable, not only because of his experience and aptitude, but because the manufacturing sector’s growing skills gap has left the industry reeling. “Finding ...

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Geneva works on self-improvement (access required)


On the northern shores of Seneca Lake lies a small city that is at once bustling and quaint, its downtown thoroughfare lined with both trendy businesses and charming antiquities. The City of Geneva—situated in eastern Ontario County on the border of Seneca County—is in the midst of a renaissance, the catalyst of which is a city manager who has spent a decade working alongside a group of business owners and community leaders who are deeply committed to revitalizing their city of 13,000.

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Hood set to invest in upstate (access required)


Work is underway on a shuttered dairy plant in Genesee County, and when the new HP Hood LLC manufacturing facility opens in 2019, its benefit to the state is expected to top $334 million. Hood, a dairy company based in ...

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Luxury electric vehicles rare here (access required)

Porsche, already with a couple of hybrid vehicles on the market, plans to release the Mission E in 2019. (Provided)

As automakers rev up production of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles, Rochesterians are flocking to dealerships. But area drivers may not be ready for the luxury versions of those vehicles yet. “Rochester is not a particularly good market for a ...

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