Previous SME-CNY Events

Electrathon Race at Oswego Speedway

Saturday June 2, 2018 at noon                                                                                          

Westhill High School’s Electrathon Club is hosting an Electrathon vehicle race on Saturday, June 2nd at the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY. Vehicle registration begins at 9 a.m. The race will begin at noon. General admission is free.

The 60 minute race occurs on Oswego Speedway’s 5/8 mile asphalt track with Electrathon vehicles built by high school students in Central New York. Each vehicle will be outfitted with a transponder provided by the Speedway that records its distance based on the number of times it crosses the start/finish line. There is one driver change required at 30 minutes. Car positions will be updated in real time and displayed on the lap board during the race. The winning team’s vehicle will have circled the track the most in one hour using limited electrical energy.

Students apply their abilities in mathematics, physics and electricity as they design and build their vehicle. As important, they hone their problem-solving and leadership skills critical to teamwork. As the popularity of Electrathon racing grows, so does interest in alternative electric vehicles.

To register a vehicle and/or sponsor the event, contact Jim Maniccia at (315) 426-3100, ext. 8045 or This is a sanctioned Electrathon America event (

Westhill Electrathon Club thanks Oswego Speedway and Syracuse Chapter 19 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for their support.

OptiPro Systems, LLC

October 19, 2016
Working and emerging professionals went to OptiPro, near Rochester, NY, to meet with applications and sales engineers as well as top vendors serving the metalworking industry. OptiPro is a machine tool designer and distributor that customizes machine tools for the precision optics industry. They design for some of the most sophisticated commercial, military and scientific applications.

MiiCNY/SME manufacturing event is a big success

October 6, 2016
Over 250 attendees had a chance to view exhibits by CNY manufacturers when SME partnered with MiiCNY (Making it in Central New York) to celebrate Central New York’s robust manufacturing tradition. The former Dietz Lantern Factory was the impressive backdrop to a spirited evening of professional networking along with local food, drink and music.

CNY boasts a thriving community of small and mid-size manufacturers, including companies with a long-standing history in the region as well as those that are making their way here. This event acknowledged the remarkably diverse set of skills our regions’ workers can offer to local and global customers.

Feldmeier Equipment, Inc

It was a beautiful fall afternoon for the tour and we had a large turnout, including many college students. Feldmeier is a family-owned company that has been manufacturing stainless steel processing equipment for over 60 years and is still growing. Syracuse is the corporate office and one of six manufacturing facilities nationwide.  The company produces tanks/vessels, agitators and heat exchangers for the pharmaceutical, biotech, cosmetic, brewing, food and diary industries. Our guides showed us several types of tanks at various stages of production.

Tour of Marquardt Switches

May 24, 2016
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) hosted a tour of Marquardt Switches, Inc. in Cazenovia. Marquardt employs over 8500 employees globally, 400 of them in the Cazenovia location. The company is a leading global supplier for the automotive, off-road, truck, power tool, industrial and domestic goods business sectors. Operations Manager Kirk Wardell and two colleagues each led a group through the plant. It was a fascinating tour followed by pizza and wings.

On the field of the Carrier Dome

April 26, 2016
Members and guests of SME and ASQ (The American Society for Quality) teamed up for a tour of Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. They learned about the mechanics of the inflatable roof, how the floor of “The Loud House” changes according to the needs of the event, and how the stadium functions in general. The group then headed to Pascal’s Italian Bistro for dinner.

Learning Opportunity, SME Hosts Training

February 25, 2016 and March 3, 2016
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) hosted two nights of instruction in dimensioning and tolerancing. The goal was to increase the attendees’ fluency in, and interpretation of, mechanical drawings. John Campbell, Professor of Engineering Sciences at Cayuga Community College, was the instructor and classes were held at the Technology Garden in downtown Syracuse. Darco sent some employees who enjoyed the chance to leave the shop and do some “hands off” training.


Saranac Brewery Tour

November 28, 2016
A large group, including many students, enjoyed a specially designed tour of Matt Brewing Company of Utica. In addition to its highly regarded Saranac brand of craft beers, the company is known for its efforts to harness renewable energy. We learned about the brewing process and saw close-up how the company generates electricity through an anaerobic digester. After the tour, we enjoyed a catered dinner featuring famous Utica dishes and, of course, Saranac's best.