Business, Central New York, Consumer, Jobs

Manufacturing Industry Has Lack of Awareness in Central New York

NCC News Reporter Lauren Sinatra spoke with business owners and manufacturing companies in CNY to discuss lack of consumer knowledge about the industry.

By Lauren Sinatra SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Manufacturing is one of the largest industries across New York State, especially Central New York. Businesses across the state bring in close to $75 billion annually through the 450,000 jobs that are offered.

Despite the high numbers and economic success, there are still problems surrounding the knowledge most people have about the industry. Randy Wolken, President and CEO of MACNY, a non-profit manufacturing firm, explained that people are confused and do not know how to get started.

“One, people don’t know that they want to work in manufacturing..they don’t have a sense of what it is. And second of all, they don’t know how to get there.”

Darco Manufacturing is one business in Syracuse working to provide more than 5,000 intermediate goods to the city and to it’s clients. This contributes to the 100,000 intermediate goods produced in Central New York.

General Manager, Laura Miller, got emotional when talking about the lack of recognition the industry receives, and said, “I am disheartened when you don’t see the word ‘manufacturing’ woven into our economic narrative.”

When discussing plans to expand awareness and knowledge across the city, private business owner Mark Lessleroth said he wants to see the political figures and the business people take control and figure out what works best for the community. He urged Central New York to, “find something that really makes [it] different, focus on it, and build on it…”.

Wolken, Miller and Lessleroth all agreed that the industry of manufacturing will forever be in the economy because people need things and things are manufactured.

Wolken shared that “the best thing about manufacturing is that you can say ‘well today I made ‘x’ number of products…I made the world a little bit of a better place'”.