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.

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Manufacturing businesses in western New York can expect tax relief through this year’s state budget. The effort aims to improve the economic competitiveness of upstate New York.

State Senator Tim Kennedy says the western New York economy supports more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs. He says measures in the 2014-2015 budget aim to spur the creation of more good-paying jobs in the industry.

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SUNY New Paltz hopes to redefine itself as the center for the next manufacturing revolution, changing the way we think about what we can make and how. The university recently opened the MakerBot Innovation Lab Center devoted to 3D printing technology. The goal is to link the worlds of science and technology with the creativity of fine arts.

Ahead of this Wednesday's State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out details of a proposal to change key elements of New York's tax regime. He made the announcement surrounded by many of the key players who've been lobbying for tax relief for business.

Cuomo said 2014 is the fourth year in a row that his administration has reached out to the business community encouraging them to "give New York a second look."

Trellis Earth Products

A company which makes environmentally friendly food service products, such as plastic silverware, will be moving its manufacturing operations from China to the Rochester area.

Trellis Earth Products expects to create 189 jobs at the Rochester Technology Park in Gates by 2018. The company will invest just over $8 million in the 80,000 square foot facility. New York State is providing nearly $2 million in tax credits and a grant, and Monroe County will be providing about $850,000 in low interest financing and other incentives.