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By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Wolken “I think COVID-19 has convinced people we need to make things in the US again.” Randy Wolken, MACNY’s president and CEO of Manufacturers Association of Central New York. As with most industries, manufacturing was disrupted by the pandemic, with a few exceptions such as essential businesses. But despite the “significant impact” of the pandemic on manufacturing, “recovery is underway,” said Randy Wolken, president and CEO of Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY). “There’s unevenness. Some members are doing quite well and others are coming back more slowly.” The pre-COVID initiatives to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. have been underscored by the pandemic’s disruption of the supply chain. Relying too much on offshore manufacturing has led to shortages in many goods, which Wolken said is causing people to rethink the supply chain. “Re-shoring is becoming important,” he said. “I think COVID-19 has convinced people we need to make things in the US again.” In addition to that movement in the industry, the aging workforce is retiring in large numbers, causing numerous openings. Wolken believes that older workers who are more prone to infection may be more reluctant to return to work while the pandemic