Local manufacturers team up to promote their industry in CNY

'Making it in Central New York' celebrates past, present and promotes future

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A reception Thursday evening kicked off a new movement formed to celebrate manufacturing here in Central New York.

‘Making it in Central New York’ takes place on the eve of National Manufacturing Day. 

Dannan Tool and Machine in East Syracuse is one of the small and midsize manufacturers in this area helping spearhead this new collaboration.

Dannan Manufacturing Manager John Weston says his business uses skilled workers for small, but very specific orders, often times one of a kind parts.

"A lot of times somebody will break something and let's say it was a part that was made 50 years ago, there was no drawing, they bring the broken part in here and we reverse engineer it and make a new part for them."

Their neighbor, Darko Manufacturing, is also strongly supporting this new initiative.

"So this is kind of a way to make a splash, shine some light on not only what we do and our long and broad tradition of manufacturing but how cool it is to live here."  Says Darko General Manager Laura Miller.

The area now boasts close to 46,000 workers in this sector, something they say is a real asset.

"We do have relationships with one another and we all understand if we can refer a customer from the outside to a neighbor or a partner its better for all of us."  Miller tells NewsChannel 9.

One of the points of this collaboration, ‘Making it in Central New York’, is to show how very good manufacturers are around here at creating solutions for whatever needs clients around the world might have in their businesses.

Miller says, "If the world needs us to make something we can make it here, we know how to make just about anything in Central New York."

Weston adds, "It's like bring it on.  Challenge us.  We want to help you succeed."

Miller and Weston say Thursday night’s event is just the beginning of a new partnership.

They hope to schedule things like networking opportunities and professional development around their mission.

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