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Arsenal, Law Firm Unveil Program to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Veterans who are ready to transition into new careers after completing their service will be able to attend a first-of-its-kind conference in the Capital Region.


Tully Rinckey PLLC and an alliance including the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership announced details on the upcoming conference aimed at helping veterans transition in the business world. The alliance is meant to aid veterans facing socio-economic hardships, and promote growth through education, entrepreneuship and employment.


The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference is an unprecedented collection of public and private businesses, non-profit and for-profit organizations and government agencies gathering together for the initiative. The conference is set to take place on Oct. 24-25 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.


The conference will help veterans with providing support, advice and direction to startups and existing businesses owned by veterans. It will also include many different networking opportunities. The overall goal of the conference is to assist current or future veteran business owners, assist veterans to find employment and provide educational resources for those veterans who are transitioning their lives or careers.


“No group is more worthy of support than our veterans who are transitioning from service,” said Greg Rinckey, Esq., a founding partner with the law firm Tully Rinckey, which is sponsoring and underwriting the event. “Our goal of this conference is to utilize local and national business leaders, non-profit organizations, state and federal government to provide veterans with the tools they need to be successful in their businesses or careers.”


Veterans who attend the conference will be able to take part in hands-on workshops designed specifically for them. Attendees will also be able to participate in numerous informational and networking sessions with businesses, organizations and New York state agency purchasing personnel.


“The Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership prides itself on helping veterans pivot into new career opportunities,” said Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership president Peter Gannon. “Businesses aren’t always sure how to utilize the vast number of skills veterans have. VETCON is an opportunity for veterans who want to start or grow a business and connect them with the companies that will learn there is no more reliable partner in business than a United States veteran.”


The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership was created in 1999 by government, business and educational leaders to assure the long-term sustainability of the Watervliet Arsenal in the regional economy. The non-profit’s objectives include, attracting new businesses to the site, creating an integrated manufacturing and R&D park, creating and retaining jobs, preserving and enhancing the mission of Benet Labs and the Watervliet Arsenal , and lowering site costs to the U.S. Army.


Veterans who decide to attend the conference will also be able to learn information about how to certify a veteran-owned business and obtain federal and state contract set asides, proposal and business and government agencies.


Former Congressman Michael McNulty was in attendance for the Thursday morning news conference at the law firm Tully Rinckey. McNulty said he has always done whatever he could to support veterans.


“Veterans have already given so much to us through their service to this country,” said McNulty, who helped found the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity. “It is now our responsibility to ensure that when they return, they are able to transition back into their civilian lives. VETCON will be an excellent starting point for veterans looking for a new career or business opportunities.”


The conference was created and developed by Tully Rinckey. The firm is working with an alliance that includes the state Office of General Services-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Division, the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity, Service to the Armed Forces Program of the American Red Cross of Eastern New York, Living Resources, SaxBST LLP, University at Albany’s Center for Advancement and Understanding of Social Enterprises, University at Albany’s Division of Research, Direct Impact Associates LLC, Sandler Training, and Gramercy Communications.


Funds that are raised after the cost of the conference has been paid will be donated toward the advancement of veteran’s services.


Registration prior to Aug. 31 is $100 per day. Fees increase to $150 per day starting in September.


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Extreme Molding Molds Just About Everything

WATERVLIET, N.Y. — Tucked away inside the gates of the Watervliet Arsenal, for the last 14 years Extreme Molding has been doing just as its name suggests.

“We’re well known in the infant care market, and we’ve recently been expanding to the pet care market, because people treat their pets like they treat their babies,” said Extreme Molding Co-Owner Lynn Momrow-Zielinski.

From pacifiers, bottles, dog collars, even a custom cell phone sling, Extreme Molding makes about anything you can imagine.

“We take it from a napkin sketch and help that entrepreneur, or large company, take that napkin sketch and build it into a physical product and start fulfilling it within a very short time frame,” said Mike Fil, Extreme Molding’s operations manager.

Extreme Molding uses a special mix of silicone and plastic to make consumer products that are used around the globe.

“We do everything for them: manufacture the product, receive their orders and ship for them all over the world,” said Extreme Molding Co-Owner Joanne Moon Duncan.

Parents of young children will especially recognize Extreme Molding’s top product, which is also one of the biggest sellers on Amazon: the Baby Banana brush.

“That really was a game changer for our business,” Momrow-Zielinski said.

Extreme Molding has pumped out millions of the baby teethers. Besides topping sales at Amazon, they’re also sold in stores, where Extreme Molding’s more than 30 employees can’t help but marvel in their work.

“When they’re out at the store, they’re very proud to point out, point to a product that they’ve helped manufacture, show it to their friends or family members and say, ‘I make those.’ It’s very gratifying,” Moon Duncan said.

Extreme Molding continues to grow, and will soon expand on the Watervliet Arsenal. Even though the products it makes doesn’t say its name, Extreme Molding takes pride that they’re made here.

“It’s something to be proud of when we put that ‘Made in the USA’ on a manufacturing product,” said Moon Duncan.


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Watervliet Arsenal Adjusting to 21st Century Technology

For more than 200 years, the Watervliet Arsenal has been a staple in the Watervliet community and home to military defense manufacturing. For nearly two decades, the Arsenal has shifted its focus to new technology and helping the regional economy grow. Jon Dougherty explains in the Capital Region Business Beat.

WATERVLIET, N.Y. — Since 1813, the Watervliet Arsenal has been a staple in the Watervliet community and home to military defense manufacturing. Since the turn of the 21st century, the Arsenal has shifted its focus to new technology with the help of the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership.

Peter Gannon is the President of the partnership, a non-profit group that helps attract new businesses to the Arsenal, filling once underutilized space.

“What we’ve seen is that because of that public private partnership it’s actually enhanced the reputation of the Arsenal and it’s stabilized the commitment to keep the government manufacturing mission here in Watervliet,” Gannon said.

The Arsenal has long been known as “America’s Cannon Factory,” but more than 200 years later and with the help of this partnership, it’s redefining its purpose.

“The story about the Arsenal is always going to be about cannons and being there when the nation needed manufacturing in the name of the national defense and I don’t think that’s ever going to change. We don’t ever want that to change, but to the extent that we can enhance that mission and keep the cost of it less expensive to the taxpayer than we’re here ready to step in and do that,” said Gannon.

The Arsenal remains a key manufacturer for large caliber cannons and more than 1,300 people work on site. It continues to adjust to the 21st century, and the partnership is hoping to make the Arsenal a tech hub in Tech Valley.

“It’s ultimately a place where people think they can have success in growing their business,” he said.


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Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership Selected by New York State Regional Economic Development Councils

$25,000 award will be put toward Arsenal Accelerator Feasibility study to identify and implement facility and equipment upgrades, and public-private partnership opportunities to lower costs
and improve efficiencies

WATERVLIET, NY – “Today’s funding announcement by the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils will help the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership plot a course for the future to bring more companies and more jobs to New York’s Tech Valley,” said Peter Gannon, President of the Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership. “This award will generate a tremendous return on investment, and help the Capital Region continue to build upon the successes already generated by the Regional Economic Development Council Awards.”

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NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Visits Entrepreneurial Training Program for Veterans

New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited the historic Watervliet Arsenal to speak with attendees of Boots to Business: Reboot. The Small Business Development Center, the Veteran’s Business Outreach and the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership presented an informative one-week program for veterans hosted through the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity.

Local media outlets covered Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul’s visit to the Watervliet Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership.

Here are some clips pertaining to that event.




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