Manufacturing

FuzeHub stakes $400K for quick-acting manufacturers

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the COVID-19 fight rages, a statewide manufacturing motivator is throwing a large chunk of change into the ring. FuzeHub, Albany’s New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center bridging smaller manufacturing companies and various industry resources, has launched a funding competition, dangling $400,000 in “COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants” before pandemic-minded pugilists. Specifically, before “small to medium-sized” New York State manufacturers who are up to FDA snuff and capable of “quickly accelerat(ing) production of…

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With help, East/West lands in Ronkonkoma (again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Space for lease” can be a tricky proposition, depending on the space you need to lease. Just ask East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro, who in February led her certified woman-owned small business through an intra-Ronkonkoma move to its new 50,000-square-foot home – but only after a lengthy search for just the right fit. The pilgrimage was “a long time in the making,” according to Ferraro, who noted several relocation roadblocks. Chief…


Coming together to manufacture LI’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multi-agency effort to give displaced workers modern manufacturing skills is about to graduate its first batch of reeducated professionals. And the Advanced Manufacturing Training program at Suffolk County Community College – a joint effort of SCCC, the Workforce Development Institute, private industry and the New York Department of Labor – is just getting started, with a seven-digit federal grant and a host of subsequent classes in the works. The seven-week…


Building momentum in LI manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // With its president busily rallying the disparate remains of a one-time tent-pole Long Island industry, a longtime military manufacturer has completed a key strategic acquisition. Hauppauge-based GSE Dynamics, a 45-year-old engineering and manufacturing firm focused on U.S. military assemblies, has absorbed Westbury’s Elite Manufacturing Technologies, a family-owned, full-service industrial designer with experience in aerospace, electronics and medical-device manufacturing. Terms of the deal, which closed in May, were not disclosed. But GSE Dynamics President…


At Spectronics, making it all work somehow

By GREGORY ZELLER // So where does Spectronics Corp. go from here? Founded by Bill and Morris Cooper way back in 1955, the longtime Long Island innovator has been to the cutting edge: Spectronics is credited with inventing fluorescent leak-detection systems – widely used by the automotive industry – and black light counterfeit currency detectors, not to mention the world’s first-ever universal ultraviolet cell phone sanitizer. It’s been to Hollywood: Agents Mulder and Scully used…


East/West: 3D prototyping with a capital 3

By GREGORY ZELLER // East/West Industries felt the need for speed. The longtime Long Island manufacturer, launched in Wantagh in 1968 and based now in Ronkonkoma, has spent the better part of five decades protecting aircrew lives by developing and producing newer and better aircraft seats and life-support systems primarily for military aircraft, and related ground-support equipment. But time caught up with the defense stalwart, which is managed today by President Teresa Ferraro and Vice…


The Marmalade is almost ready for drive time

By GREGORY ZELLER // A modest grant from the Workforce Development Institute could help a longtime Long Island innovator hit the big time with an ultra-efficient drive system. Named by inventor John Pawloski’s young daughters, the Marmalade Drive is “very efficient and wickedly simple,” according to the inventor, a vice president at family-owned Jewelers Machinists Co. in North Babylon. Already tested successfully in commercial HVAC units and about to be installed for the first time…