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The Fulton Companies hosted the November TEC Tuesday, offering participating manufacturers and others a tour of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pulaski, NY. An industry leader for more than 60 years, Fulton researches, engineers, manufactures, and sells complex heat transfer equipment for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. In response to escalating demand for high efficiencies and green technologies, Fulton places a large emphasis on research and development, as well as effective manufacturing processes and customized products.
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Introduction to AM-TEC
The AM-TEC initiative provides a broad range of targeted economic development assistance to small, medium, and large manufacturers  and suppliers of thermal and environmental control (TEC) equipment throughout the twelve-county region of Central New York. The project is designed to help firms reduce costs and increase revenue through the creation and maintenance of a capable workforce and the development of new products.  

The goal of AMJIAC projects nationwide is to spur job creation through initiatives that connect small suppliers with large companies, link research with start-ups that can commercialize new ideas, and train workers with skills that firms need to capitalize on business opportunities.  


Visit our website to learn more about services available through the AM-TEC initiative.  


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Featured TEC Firms   
This  newsletter will regularly feature two TEC firms. The AM-TEC regional cluster is a consortium of partners whose mission is to accelerate the growth of this advanced manufacturing industry sector in Central New York.  Cluster firms are able to leverage their collective competencies to maximize the ability to find, compete for and capture funding and new business. AM-TEC cluster growth will be measured by increases in (a) member organizations, (b) jobs created and retained, (c) training provided, (d) export activity, (e) new investments, (f) revenues from new products/services.   

Rich Dausman, Cryomech's Chief Operating Officer, provides a tour of Cryomech for the August TEC Tuesday

Cryomech is a recognized leader in cryorefrigerator design and manufacturing. Founded in 1963, Cryomech developed and produced the world's first 4K Pulse Tube Cryorefrigerator (PTR). The firm also manufactures the largest variety of single stage Gifford-McMahon Cycle  Cryorefrigerators available anywhere.  


Andy Kadah, President of ICM Controls, demonstrates advanced manufacturing equipment at ICM Controls for the July TEC Tuesday
ICM Controls

For more than 25-years, ICM Controls has led the HVACR industry in the manufacture of electronic controls. The ICM Controls manufacturing plant, located in North Syracuse, NY, is one of the most vertically integrated facilities in the country.

ICM Controls serves both the OEM and the aftermarket, and prides themselves on their ability to quickly take a control from concept to prototype to production. ICM Controls are American made.

News For AM-TEC Firms

AM-TEC firms meet with Governor's Energy Leadership Team Members

HealthWay Home Products President and CEO Vincent Lobdell and Anaren President Larry Sala listen as Fulton Cos. CFO Kevin LaMontagne responds to a question from Richard Kauffman.
New York State's Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman was joined by John Rhodes, the newly appointed President and CEO of NYSERDA, and Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, for a meeting in Central New York with a panel of AM-TEC firms and other stakeholders at the SyracuseCoE headquarters in mid-October. The meeting was convened to discuss market barriers to the adoption of clean energy products and technologies in New YorkState, as well as opportunities to connect Upstate manufacturers and service firms to Downstate and
NYSERDA President and CEO John Rhodes outlines strategies to expand innovation and reduce market barriers in New York's clean economy.
global market opportunities. The three members of Governor Cuomo's energy leadership team encouraged an on-going dialogue with CNY manufacturers as they rethink state energy policies and support for the development of innovations inthe market. A second visit is planned.
Complimentary Expo Registrations Available for 2013 Greenbuild in Philadelphia 
30,000 attendees ... 900 exhibitors. If you would like to explore the latest in green building innovative products and services at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia this year on November 20th and 21st, SyracuseCoE has a supply of complimentary expo-only registration passes available.

Contact Tammy Rosanio at for more information. Join AM-TEC partner organizations and firms at Greenbuild 2013 to explore business opportunities and help spread the word about Central New York's signature advanced manufacturing cluster in thermal and environmental controls!

CenterState CEO Launches 11th Funding Round of Grants for Growth Program   

CenterState CEO has launched the 11th round of funding for Grants for Growth, its unique seed program to support innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness, create jobs, and accelerate products to market.
The Grants for Growth program has two categories based on growth stage: $25,000 Proof of Concept grants for early-stage companies, and $150,000 Concept to Marketplace investments for later-stage companies. 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013 

Project Partner Spotlight 
Grow Global with AM-TEC Project Partner, the CNY International Business Alliance     

In October, the new Central New York International Business Alliance (CNYIBA) invited companies to take advantage of its suite of all-new programs and services. These programs create ways for companies to cultivate their exports and grow new business.

"Whether it's new technology, new business applications and strategies, or joining a community committed to trade, CNYIBA is a valuable resource to navigate nuances
presented by differences between selling abroad versus at home." Alan Fink, CNYIBA board president and vice president of global physician products at CONMED
Corporation, said, "Our region's businesses hold the potential for enormous growth in the global marketplace."

The new CNYIBA's offerings include:
- Experienced Export Consulting
- Export Readiness Analysis
- Organized Trade Missions to Key Growth Markets
- Export Plan Development Assistance
- Detailed Market Research

For more information on export services available for AM-TEC firms, visit

Upcoming TEC Tuesdays 

TEC Tuesdays feature firms in the Thermal Environmental Controls (TEC) industry cluster in the 12 countries of Central New York. Held on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm-5:00pm, TEC Tuesdays offer presentations, factory tours and networking opportunities for cluster firms. Individuals from the AM-TEC cluster manufacturers and suppliers are welcome to attend. 

Upcoming TEC Tuesdays:
December 3rd - Tour of O'Brien & Gere's
manufacturing facility
January 6th - CNY TDO presents a synopsis of its services available to AMTEC firms

Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues at your firm, as well as with other firms in CNY's TEC cluster and its local supply chain.

Sign up on the AM-TEC LinkedIn site to learn more about these and other events.

Free Training Opportunities

SUNY-ESF and MACNY are now offering training to AM-TEC cluster companies and the general public, supported by funding from the Department of Labor as part of the Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC) Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant.

Foundational Competencies Training - FREE
Foundational Competencies, i.e. "soft skills" training, is available at no cost (including all course materials and DiSC profile). This two day program is free and will be offered to the public twice a year. Competencies covered are interpersonal skills, communications, teamwork on one day; critical thinking, problem solving and planning & organizing on the other. Click here for more information.

Online Certified Production Technician (CPT) Module
Created by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and accredited by ANSI, the CPT recognizes through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of certification assessments. Open to the public.
        - Green Production Module (FREE - this time only)
           Dec. 9-13

NEXT Conference 

The Event for Technology, Manufacturing & Innovation

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 | Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 19, 2013!
NEXT is an exciting conference for high-tech businesses, manufacturers, defense contractors, academic and industry researchers, entrepreneurs, and more. Participants come together to explore  and be inspired by the latest trends in business practices all while learning about cutting edge technological advances.

In 2012, its inaugural year, NEXT conference attendees were inspired by keynotes Robert Tucker and Peter Singer, international thought leaders in business and science. They gained up-to-the-minute information at workshops and technology demonstrations, and forged new connections through networking.

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Upcoming TEC Tuesdays

November 5 - Tour of
Fulton Companies
December 3 - Tour of
O'Brien & Gere
January 6 - CNY TDO Synopsis of Services for AMTEC firms


Additional Events


November 7, 2013
Syracuse Release of CenterState Agenda for Economic Opportunity
Syracuse, NY

November 19, 2013
Syracuse, NY 


November 20-22, 2013
Philadelphia, PA
Project Partners

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Advisory Council

Opportunities to serve our other AM-TEC award specific councils are available. For more information contact Tammy Rosanio at

Funding Opportunities

PON 2606 - Advanced Buildings Program
NYSERDA seeks proposals for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector.
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PON 2736 - Transformative Technologies for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (TTEEM)
Proposals Due 1/16/14 
This program solicits proposals that involve potentially disruptive, transformative technologies that will result in significant energy and productivity benefits in manufacturing processes.
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NYSERDA PON 2846 - Data Center, ICT Energy Efficiency Innovation
Applications Due 2/11/14
NYSERDA seeks proposals for research, product development and demonstration projects of energy efficiency innovations for data center and corporate information and communications technology (ICT).
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