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FuzeHub announces Millennials in Manufacturing Awards

By Eric Reinhardt


ALBANY, N.Y. — The Albany–based nonprofit FuzeHub is launching its Millennials in Manufacturing Awards.

The program will provide a total of $25,000 to professionals under the age of 40 who are “driving cutting-edge innovation and growth in the highly-competitive manufacturing industry,” per a news release on the program.

FuzeHub will identify two grand-prize winners to receive $2,500 awards. Additionally, 10 recipients will earn $1,000 awards and 20 others will receive $500.

“As the rapid pace of technological change continues to accelerate, the manufacturing industry needs more young leaders who are prepared to constantly adapt and implement innovative solutions to drive growth,” Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub, said. “We launched the Millennials in Manufacturing Awards to celebrate young professionals who are doing their part to strengthen New York State’s manufacturing industry. By recognizing their achievements, we hope to encourage more people to pursue careers in manufacturing.”

The application window will close at 5 p.m. on July 31. FuzeHub will notify finalists in September.

FuzeHub will also introduce the winners of the inaugural Millennials in Manufacturing Awards at the New York State Innovation Summit in Rochester, set for Oct.7-8.

FuzeHub says it is a nonprofit that “connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation, and business growth.” FuzeHub is the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program center, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation.

Application requirements

Employers must submit the applications, FuzeHub said. They need to be New York manufacturing companies with under 500 employees.

The employee must be between the ages of 25 and 39, while holding a position as an engineer, technician, or another position directly related to manufacturing operations. Those positions could include product and process development, automation, manufacturing engineering, equipment design, build and maintenance, process, production and quality control.

In addition to the online nomination form, the nominated employee is asked to create a 60-second video highlighting what “excites them about manufacturing, innovation and working in New York state.”

To nominate an employee, manufacturers can visit:

FuzeHub will invite the winners to exhibit at the New York State Innovation Summit. They’ll also have the chance to be featured in a print or online publication, podcast and/or video.

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