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Summer 2014

Introduction to AM-TEC
Central New York's Thermal and Environmental Control Cluster
The Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC) project is a collaborative initiative designed to strengthen the cluster of Central New York manufacturers of systems that heat and cool buildings, refrigerate produce, control manufacturing processes, and enable a variety of other applications.
CNY AM-TEC Cluster

To drive regional cluster growth, AM-TEC supports the following:

  • Innovation and commercialization acceleration 
  • Export acceleration 
  • Advanced manufacturing training opportunities
  • Research and development collaborations with area universities and faculty
  • Workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial assistance and support
  • Networking opportunities  
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Featured TEC Firms

Yahya Al-Rayyes, VP of R&D prepares Healthway Disinfecting Filtration System Units for export to China.
HealthWay Exporting Clean Air to China  

HealthWay, of Pulaski, is exporting their leading-edge technology to China. Manufactured in Pulaski, the DFS units have already been installed in public buildings at Harvard University, The Cleveland Clinic, Hyatt Hotels and LEED-certified commercial buildings to mitigate air borne pollutants by removing harmful particulates.  Post install test results showed a decrease of more than 99% of particulates in the indoor space with an average particle count of less than 100,000 particles per cubic foot.  


Testing for the DFS units was done in the state-of-the-art research facilities of the Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL) at Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, directed by Professor Jianshun Zhang. Over 60 units have been exported for use in Dulwich College, Beijing, and have been installed in public buildings in Taipei.  Learn more about HealthWay.





Air Innovations provides cooling and heating for the pods on the world's largest observation wheel in Las Vegas.
Air Innovations Inc. Makes High Rollers Cool

Air Innovations, Inc. (AI), provides custom environmental control systems for clean rooms, medical systems, and other critical environments. AI

designed and built the complex HVAC/R systems used to maintain the temperature of the cabins in the High Roller observation wheel at Caesars Entertainment's The Linq district. The High Roller will be the world's largest observation wheel at 550 ft. tall. 


Air Innovations was tasked to maintain a temperature between 67F and 73F (19C and 23C) in the glass-encased cabins, year round, including through July when temperatures top 100F regularly. 


Air Innovations hosted TEC manufacturers for a factory tour in May, 2013. 


Learn more about Air Innovations.



Air Innovations  

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Visits The Fulton Companies
SyracuseCoE's Executive Director, Ed Bogucz tours the Fulton plant with US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

The AM-TEC initiative to strengthen Central New York's industry cluster in advanced manufacturing of thermal and environmental control products enjoyed national attention earlier this year when U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Fulton Companies and SyracuseCoE.


At Fulton Companies, Secretary Perez toured the plant and heard how 38 of their workers to date have benefited from training provided by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) through the AM-TEC program with funding from the Department of Labor.


At SyracuseCoE, Secretary Perez met with executives including leadership from AM-TEC firms: ICM Controls, NuClimate Air Quality Systems, and Ephesus Lighting, and he participated in a roundtable moderated by CenterState CEO. Participants gained insight into national priorities and opportunities for regional initiatives.


Secretary Perez used his visit to CNY to announce the availability of approximately $150 million in grants through the new Ready to Work Partnership grant competition. Projects selected for funding will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America's public workforce system. 


Learn more about the Ready to Work Partnership grant competition.

Project Partner Spotlight 
The AM-TEC Project Provides Expert Management and Technical Assistance to NYS Businesses     
The New York State Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) is a NYS business assistance organization administered by SUNY and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses.  SBDC helps clients with:
  • Business plan assistance
  • Funding guidance
  • E-commerce preparation
  • Exporting goods & services
  • Marketing plan development
  • Licensing & regulation guidance
Since 1984 SBDC has worked with over 
386,000 NYS Businesses


The NY SBDC fosters entrepreneurship by solving business problems with university, private sector and government resources. Counseling and training services are emphasized for:

  • Women
  • Veterans
  • People with special needs
  • Minorities

Helped local businesses invest over 

$5.2 Billion in local economies


The NY SBDC also focuses on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth priorities of New York State, with an emphasis on manufacturers, exporters and technology-oriented firms.


Created or saved over 170,000 jobs 


Learn more  on AM-TEC business development.


Learn more about New York State SBDCs or contact David Bull at or call 315.498.6070.


 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 manufacturers and suppliers.

Upcoming TEC Tuesdays:

September 2 
Mark your calendar for a tour of Inficon in East Syracuse. More info to follow.

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

Training Opportunities


September 10th, 2014 - Four-Month Launch into the Global Marketplace

The Central New York International Business Alliance (CNYIBA) provides an award winning intensive export training course called Export NY, a four month international business development program, presented by Syracuse University and the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO) in collaboration with the CNYIBA.

SUNY-ESF, supported by MACNY, is offering US DoL Grant funded training to AM-TEC cluster companies and the general public. Participants must be 18+ and a high school graduate or equivalent. The following courses are now available for registration:




September 18th and 23rd

Held at MACNY


Foundational Competencies, i.e. "soft skills," training is available at no cost (including all course materials and DISC profile). Competencies covered are interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork on the first day; critical thinking, problem solving, and planning & organizing on the other. SUNY-ESF will award 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) to participants at course completion.  We "sold" out last time we offered this to the public, so click here to register today. 



September - December 



Online and self-paced Certified Production Technician (CPT) training is open to the public at no or low cost, including registration, online access and supporting webinars, all course materials, and one attempt at each applicable module assessment (re-testing is available for $40 per test) leading to nationally recognized ANSI certification. Registration options and cost as follows:

  1. Green Production Module (free; note that this module covers greening of the production process, not the production of green products)
  2. Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Maintenance Awareness, plus Green Production modules  ($354; successful completion of an assessment test for each of the first 4 listed modules results in the award of the full CPT certification)

Schedule for each module as follows (the last date listed is the testing date, to be held at Onondaga Community College. Arrangements can be made for alternate test centers, but any fees incurred are the responsibility of the participant):

  • Green Production: September 8th - 19th
  • Safety: September 22nd - October 7th
  • Quality: October 8th - 24th
  • Production: October 27th - November 11th
  • Maintenance: November 12th - December 5th
Click here for more information.
Industry Events and Trade Shows

International Manufacturing and Technology Show

September 8-13, 2014

Chicago, IL


The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 1,900 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago. 

14th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium on Environmental & Energy Systems

October 15th and 16th, 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel and SyracuseCoE Headquarters

Syracuse, NY


Advanced Building Innovations: 

Integrating Efficiency, Quality and Resiliency


Rising demand for high-performance buildings is driving

innovations that improve energy eciency, indoor

environmental quality and resilience to intense storms and

other disturbances. The 2014 SyracuseCoE Symposium

features advances in design, technology and applications

that enhance the eectiveness of building systems,

occupant well-being and social-ecological resilience.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

October 22-24, 2014

New Orleans, LA


Visit the SyracuseCoE Booth #1617!


This annual event is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.


Greenbuild features 2 days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings.


Complimentary expo-only tickets are available for AM-TEC firms. Contact Tammy Rosanio at for more information and join us in New Orleans!

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Upcoming TEC Tuesdays

September 2 - Tour of Inficon, Syracuse


Upcoming Events 


October 15th - 16th
Syracuse, NY
October 22nd - 24th
New Orleans, LA 
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Funding Opportunities
SyracuseCoE supports 
AM-TEC research, demonstration and commercialization through it's "Innovation Fund" grant cycle.