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Lean Part VII: Quality at the Source

“Fix your situation before it becomes a condition.” Author Larry Winget.

Mt. Winget’s warning can apply to almost anything in our own personal lives, whether it’s our financial state, our relationships with loved ones, or even the pesky orange check engine light on the dash.

It also sums up precisely what is meant by Quality at the Source from a Lean management standpoint:

Be proactive, not reactive.

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HVTDC Welcomes Valley Manufacturers for ISO Update Workshop

On Friday, March 18, manufacturers from across the Hudson Valley were introduced to the latest updates to ISO 9001:2015. Chuck Mitman, Co-Founder and President of PRISM International, lead the workshop, the first of its kind hosted by the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC) and sponsored by Orange County Trust Company.

Taking place in the Larkin Conference Room in New Windsor, NY, participants delighted in a continental breakfast before Chuck reviewed the changes and revisions in technology, business diversity, and global commerce. Upon examining implementation schedules and risk management, Chuck resolutely declared what he’d repeat several times throughout the morning: “Don’t think of it as being ISO certified; think of it as the way you do things.” Much of the discussion emphasized ISO as an organizational mindset and company culture – the transformation of a quality management system into a total business management system.

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6 Proven Ways to Boost Your Manufacturing Performance

Bringing Technology to Your Business - Part III: Enhancing Manufacturing Performance

If you are a regular reader, you might have examined two important components of growing a successful business in a technology-driven industry: a strategic analysis of your process and current technologies and the systems and practices associated with new product development. This month, we turn our attention to the methods for enhancing your manufacturing performance.

Improvement usually requires innovation, and innovation is often the distinguishing factor that separates the leaders from the followers.

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Collaboration + Diversification = How Sales & Operations Can Win More Together

  • Customers believe that sales reps are 88% knowledgeable on product and only 24% on business expertise.
  • Nearly 57% of B2B prospects and customers feel that their sales teams are not prepared for the first meeting.
  • A whopping 68% of B2B organizations have not identified their funnel.

There are a number of conclusions one might draw from these statistics and a common one would be that there is a great opportunity for organizations with a focused, trained and armed salesforce.

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