manufacturing

Purolator’s latest LI Index sparkles with positivity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Optimism abounds in the latest edition of the Purolator Long Island Supply Chain Index, with regional manufacturers especially jazzed about production and hiring. Jericho-based logistics ace Purolator International released its 2019 Long Island index data Tuesday, after surveying regional manufacturers and collating their projections for the next six months. Working on a scale of zero (complete decline) to 100 (complete expansion), the index tallied a 67.5 score overall – a “strong…


U.S. Senate could boost LI manufacturers

By CARL CORRY // Small and medium-sized manufacturers on Long Island and elsewhere will have a better chance to thrive if bipartisan legislation to improve a nationwide manufacturer-support program survives its trip through Congress. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Improvement Act, introduced in April by U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would expand and make improvements to the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The Hollings MEP is a public-private partnership managed by…


The Debrief: Getting LIFT up where it belongs

Plenty of ups and downs lately for the Long Island Forum for Technology. First came news that a major federal contract has been held up by a competitor’s challenge, then a resulting layoff affecting half of the organization’s staff of eight. Some happier news on Monday, though, as SUNY Old Westbury announced plans for a Start-Up NY incubator in LIFT’s Bethpage headquarters, a much-needed boost for the 90,000-square-foot, tenant-deprived facility. It’s also a major lift…


Stony Brook-LIFT bid wins $5M state contract

By GREGORY ZELLER Stony Brook University and the Long Island Forum for Technology have been awarded a five-year funding deal to foster manufacturing in the region, with a focus on next-gen technologies and the life sciences. Called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program combines federal and state dollars to offer each of the state’s 10 economic development zones about $1 million a year. Hofstra University and ADDAPT had also submitted bids. LIFT has held the…


Gillibrand signs on to build-it-here bill

New federal legislation aims to keep high-pay, high-skill manufacturing jobs in the United States by brushing up a 50-year-old small-business law. Introduced by New Jersey Democrat Corey Booker and cosponsored by a quartet of U.S. senators including Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company Act of 2015 would help fund entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to commercialize or otherwise advance their manufacturing operations. The idea, according to Gillibrand, who discussed the proposed legislation during…