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Manufacturing

This week marks 25 years since the film “Tommy Boy” was released. The movie tells the story of a son’s (Chris Farley) efforts to save his father’s auto parts manufacturing plant and the jobs of its workers. While a comedy, people in the manufacturing industry say the 1995 movie was prescient and reflects what’s happening in their field today.

We explore the issues with our guests:

  • Ana Liss, acting director of the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development
  • Matthew Sydor, program manager for Sydor Optics
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for CITY Newspaper

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More than 200 jobs at Klein Steel in Rochester, and jobs at other companies like it, could be in jeopardy if the “Buy America” provision lapses next year, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“Buy America” is a requirement for federally-funded water and sewer infrastructure projects to be manufactured with American-made parts. At a news conference held at Klein Steel’s headquarters Tuesday, Schumer said he wants Congress to extend the provision and also add it to any large infrastructure spending bill.

In an effort to tighten the middle-skills gap and change the way people think about manufacturing jobs, Kodak's Eastman Business Park opened its doors to hundreds of high school students for a show and tell Thursday.

People who work in the field and hiring managers from local manufacturing companies spoke to the students about taking advantage of future job openings in the area. Through videos and panel discussions, the teens got a glimpse of daily work duties, which classes and programs will help them to prepare, and compensation and benefits. 

WASHINGTON (AP) Factory activity in New York shrank for the fifth straight month in December, forcing significant job cuts.

The New York Federal Reserve's Empire State manufacturing index did improve but stayed in negative territory. It moved up to minus 4.6, from minus 10.7. Any figure below zero indicates contraction.