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12-04-2007

CITEC Names Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing Outstanding Partner

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[The following news release has been provided by CITEC.]

CITEC - Manufacturing & Technology Solutions used the occasion of its November 14th annual recognition banquet in Lake Placid to announce the selection of Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) as its 2007 Partner of the Year. The announcement was made before an audience that included 70 leaders from government, economic development, academia, business and manufacturing. camp

"Through the decades since, we have partnered on many projects but it is truly within the past several years that the relationship has flourished. Our selection of CAMP as the 2007 partner of the year came because of a combination of recent factors that have allowed CAMP and CITEC to enhance our collaboration in helping North Country manufacturers improve their processes and profitability," Plastino continued.

"Starting several years ago, the President of the University made it clear that helping companies solve problems is a priority. The Director of CAMP, who has always been a problem solver, has responded to this priority by redoubling his effort to encourage his faculty and staff to get involved in the nitty-gritty of company problems. The University has hired new entrepreneurial faculty and encouraged the veterans to be the same," Plastino added.

"It was also during that time that CITEC personnel began to more actively connect the technical problems at regional manufacturing companies with the expertise available at Clarkson. To a large extent, this was prompted by CITEC's increased attention to helping companies find ways to reduce, recycle, and reuse process wastes in our efforts to improve the bottom lines or our region's manufacturers," Plastino said.

During the past several years, CITEC and Clarkson / CAMP have partnered to address waste process issues at 18 North Country companies - ultimately saving in disposal costs and improving productivity while finding ways to reuse materials to create value-added products that have previously been destined for landfills. The projects involve research teams from the University, CITEC staff and partnerships between the region's manufacturing companies.

Those partnership efforts between CITEC and Clarkson have not gone unnoticed by New York State's leading economic development and research organizations. Empire State Development's Environmental Services Unit has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding support for the waste reduction projects. Project Manager Brenda Grober from ESD's Environmental Services Unit attended CITEC's annual banquet to offer her congratulations to CAMP. NYSTAR's Director of Programs Kathy Wise also joined in praising the partnership. NYSTAR provides significant State resources in support of the work performed by both CITEC and CAMP.

S.V. Babu, Distinguished University Professor and Director of CAMP, expressed his gratitude for the recognition and looked forward to additional project opportunities. "We at CAMP are delighted and gratified by this CITEC award. The close collaboration between CITEC and CAMP and the results that already followed exemplify the complimentary skills and synergistic strengths of these two North Country organizations. My colleagues and I derive immense pleasure in working with the CITEC team, especially Tom Plastino and John Pinkerton, helping strengthen technologically and financially our local companies and contributing to their continued success. CAMP, supported by President Collins, is committed to enhancing this collaborative environment and to deliver benefits to North Country and New York State economies," Babu said.

CITEC Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is a not-for-profit economic development organization that receives significant financial support from the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), New York's high-technology economic development entity, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). CITEC is one of NYSTAR's ten designated Regional Technology Development Centers in the State and one of nearly 400 MEP locations across the country.

The consultants at CITEC work directly with North Country organizations to cut costs and increase profits through effective strategic planning, marketing, waste reduction, manufacturing process improvements, lean enterprise, competitive assessments, human resources training, funding access, new product development and more.

"By helping to make the connection between our region's companies with these leading researchers and students at Clarkson, we are creating an outstanding opportunity for the manufacturers in the North Country to improve the way they do business," noted Patricia K. Wilson, CITEC Deputy Director & Director of Marketing. "When our business advisors walk into a company, we are helping them address any hurdles that are holding them back from being more competitive. It is not at all unusual for process waste to rank top on the list. In order to address that it often requires research capabilities they don't have internally. Our partnership with Clarkson / CAMP has created an ideal conduit for bringing world-class research to these smaller companies."

Since July 1, 2006, companies who received the assistance of CITEC reported creating/retaining 142 jobs and total impacts in excess of $47.9-million - including $22.3-million in new/retained sales, $12.4-million in cost savings and $6.2-million in new investments. For details about CITEC, visit them on the web at citec.org or call 315-268-3778. To learn more about CAMP, contact the University at 315-268-2336 or visit their website at www.clarkson.edu/camp.

Photo caption: CITEC used the occasion of its November 14th annual recognition banquet to announce the selection of Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing as its 2007 Partner of the Year. Pictured receiving the award are (l to r) Robert H. Wood Jr, Clarkson University's Director Governmental Relations; Kathy Wise, NYSTAR Director of Programs; S.V. Babu, Clarkson University's Director of Camp & Distinguished University Professor; John Prendergast, Deputy Director of CAMP; John Pinkerton, CITEC Business Advisor; and, Brenda Grober, Empire State Development's Environmental Services Unit Project Manager.


[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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