U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Recognizes Syracuse and Central New York Partnerships

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Photo Caption: Secretary Perez (Left) at Fulton Companies with Bram Palm, CEO (Right)

Secretary Perez announced yesterday the Ready to Work Partnership grant competition that will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment.

Secretary Perez made the grant announcement from the Pulaski, N.Y., headquarters of the Fulton Companies, a global manufacturer of industrial and commercial heating systems. Thanks in part to federal funding from the multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, Fulton developed strong training partnerships with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE). Together, they are able to develop the local workforce Fulton needs to expand their Pulaski plant’s manufacturing capacity in order to better serve the North American and international markets.

Secretary Perez toured the Fulton Companies plant and learned how training provided by SUNY-ESF and MACNY through SyracuseCoE’s AM-TEC program has benefited 38 employees to date. He also toured the SyracuseCoE where he met with executives from Ephesus Lighting, ICM Controls, and NuClimate Air Quality Systems. Rob Simpson, CenterState CEO Executive Director, moderated a roundtable that included Central New York business and educational leaders and yielded valuable insights into national priorities and opportunities for regional initiatives.

Related links and video of the Secretary’s visit highlight Syracuse CoE’s AM-TEC leadership, and the SUNY-ESF, MACNY, CenterState CEO and related AM-TEC partners:

Learn more about SUNY ESF’s current US DOL grant programs at:

SUNY-ESF, along with RadTech International North America, MACNY, and other collaborators has launched a new program in radiation or energy curing.

RCP prepares practicing professionals along with upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the science and technology of energy curing such as ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing.

UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be cured as an alternative to traditional energy-intensive methods that create harmful emissions. In short, these processes entail ultraviolet energy from a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB to instantly cure/crosslink specially formulated chemistries, using less energy and at lower cost than conventional/incumbent methods.  To learn more and to register

Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC) is a specialty sector within the advanced manufacturing industries experiencing a significant skill and knowledge gap among domestic workers that will widen if left unchecked. An integrated training program led by SUNY-ESF and MACNY provides participants with the training that prepares participants for potential employment, and adds value and advancement potential to incumbent workers in the advanced manufacturing of TEC.

  • Foundational Competencies Training / Two days.  No cost to attend; open to the public.
  • Certified Production Technician  / Self paced online instruction with facilitated orientation.  Open to the public.
  • TEC Topics /Regularly scheduled  tours featuring local TEC firms’ products and processes,  seminars and discussions  on TEC topics of interest.  No cost to attend; open to the public.

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