BREAKING NEW GROUND: Clinton Community College has broken ground on its new 11-million dollar Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, which is scheduled to open for the fall semester in 2017. The state-of-the-art tech center will house the college's engineering and tech programs as well as be a training facility for employers looking for local workers with the skills they need for manufacturing and engineering jobs of the future.
MANUFACTURING HUBS: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tours the Demers Ambulance Assembly Plant in Plattsburgh and talks about legislation she has introduced in Congress that may help grow the North Country's manufacturing industry. Gillibrand's bill would designate areas with clusters of manufacturers as "hubs" that would be given priority for federal money to assist with training or developing sites.
ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW: North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas talks about the significance of the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, and plans by a Norwegian company, Norsk Titanium, to build a state-of-the-art 3-D printing plant in Plattsburgh that will manufacture aerospace components made from titanium. The company is getting 125-million dollars in funding from the State of New York, and says it should create upwards of 400 jobs. Douglas also discusses efforts to revive a long-delayed project to service jets on the former Air Force Base in Plattsburgh that could create as many as 900 jobs.