UTICA, N.Y. – Local industry leaders came together for a virtual Food-and-Tech Manufacturing Expo Wednesday, led by Cree CEO Gregg Lowe.
The virtual trade show, organized by FuzeHub, was called ‘How the Mohawk Valley Feeds Innovation’ and featured speakers from local companies and organizations that support the state’s agriculture and technology industries.
“The Mohawk Valley is becoming the place to be for food and technology — and our program brings together professionals from across sectors to network, learn from each other and ultimately create opportunities,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc.
In addition to Lowe, speakers included Cathleen McColgin, president of Herkimer College; Randall VanWagoner, president of Mohawk Valley Community College; Franca Armstrong, associate vice president of workforce development and dean of Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome Campus; Cory Albrecht, director of the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing; Bill McDonald, associate dean at Herkimer College; Everton H. Henriques, NY MEP solutions director at FuzeHub; and John Piseck, executive director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).
Cree is building a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Marcy, which is expected to bring more than 600 jobs to the area.