Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
SUNY New Paltz Receives Development Grant From Central Hudson

July 11, 2016

Central Hudson's three-year, $250,000 Wired Innovation Centers grant is helping to provide businesses and students alike with resources and valuable experience in working with the latest 3-D printing technologies by supporting the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) at SUNY New Paltz.

Central Hudson first partnered with SUNY New Paltz in 2014 to create a center for advanced manufacturing. The HVAMC acts as both a hub for innovation, and as a major production area for companies seeking to print manufactured items, supporting innovation, start-up businesses, and prototype development by bringing 3-D printing to the region.  The program also benefits students, bringing the Schools of Fine and Performing Arts together with the School of Engineering to provide an introduction to how to conceptualize and create digital designs that can be fabricated on a 3-D printer.  In total, parties have invested more than $1 million in the Center, in addition to substantial investment by New York State.

"Central Hudson is thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative at SUNY New Paltz," said Vice President of Regulatory & Governmental Affairs Anthony Campagiorni. "Fostering development in emerging technologies is essential to our region's economic viability. We're happy to have had the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile initiative, and look forward to seeing HVAMC build on its current successes."

"SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center are very grateful for the continued support of Central Hudson," said Daniel Freedman, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering. "The funding has allowed us to create one of the most advanced 3D fabrication facilities at any academic institution in the country.  Over the last two years, we have worked with more than 100 local companies, inventors, artists, designers and entrepreneurs, helping them use the latest 3-D printing technology for prototyping and creating end-use parts."

Among these companies are Helopak, a manufacturer of an advanced blade restraint system for the U.S. Navy;  MPI, which designs and builds wax injection equipment for the investment casting and jewelry industries; local lighting manufacturers Selux and Zumtobel; and Workshop, a fabrication studio for artists, galleries and institutions. The Center employs full time expert staff in design and additive manufacturing and interns from the college. During the last three years, the HVAMC purchased and installed the most advanced 3-D printing equipment in the region and has also provided MarkerBot 3-D printers for technical and curriculum support to local community colleges in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Columbia-Greene counties.

Central Hudson's Wired Innovation Centers grant is funded through the energy company's Economic Development programs to help create the jobs of the future here in the Hudson Valley. Central Hudson offers a suite of economic development incentives to current and prospective businesses to help retain and develop new employment opportunities. For more information on Central Hudson's Economic Development programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/EconomicDevelopment.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

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Poughkeepsie, New York
United States, 12601
Tel: 845-452-2000

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