SoftNoze was founded by a young man fueled by; creativity, a love of technology and manufacturing, and the commerce, culture and prosperity that they make possible.

Headquartered close to the banks of the famed Erie Canal, near Utica, New York we remain very close to where our founder was influenced and mentored by two local entrepreneurs, and his colleagues at another former employer- a century-old shovel & rake manufacturer Union Tools.

It was in this setting that SoftNoze took root and remains. And while we have always possess a global outlook, today we continue to build our support of our founder’s early vision to encouraging young people to follow their curiosities and technical abilities, in hope that they too will have a chance to improve their community.

In addition to being ecologically-minded each day, it is in this spirit that SoftNoze supports a variety of activities in our communities, please use the links below to learn more.

Social & Cultural Involvement
Student Technology Showcase, SUNY IT, Utica, NY
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation
Young Scholars Program
Utica’s Children’s Museum, Utica, NY
Leadership Mohawk Valley
US First
Utica Monday Nites, Utica, NY
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
Mohawk Valley YWCA
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
The Other Side, Utica, NY

Business-related Associations
The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce
National Federation of Independent Businesses
United States Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
Manufactures Association of Central New York

Automation & Manufacturing Industries
Association for High Technology Distribution - AHTD Working to increase the productivity, profitability and market share of our Automation Solution Providers and Manufacturers.

The Association For Manufacturing Technology - AMT represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.

Computer Science Online: Automation & Artificial Intelligence - No longer resigned to the pages of science fiction texts, automation and artificial intelligence are entering mainstream usage at a staggering rate. Despite growth, however, both industries remain mysterious to many. Get expert knowledge on automation and AI, including specific details on how a computer science degree can put you at the forefront of groundbreaking technology.

ASME / Design Engineering Division - DED fosters understanding and research covering the art, science, and application of design engineering to the product realization process including conception, evolution and manufacturing of products.

Control System Integrators Association - CSIA seeks to enable industries everywhere to have access to low-risk, safe and successful applications of automation technology by advancing the business practices of the system integration industry.

The International Fluid Power Society - IFPS A nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional organization of individuals dedicated to enhancing the quality of certifications, educational opportunities, technology evolution, and professionalism within the fluid power and motion control industry.

International Society of Automation - ISA is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers - SME serves the manufacturing industry as a nonprofit by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce.

National Association of Electrical Distributors - NAED Electrical distribution is a $72 billion industry, NAED is much more than a distribution channel. We are solution providers—salespeople, product experts, skilled and technical professionals, warehouse associates and drivers—that bring the latest technologies to our communities.

National Fluid Power Association - NFPA represents; manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, educators & customers- those that design, manufacture, as well as those who sell, use, and teach fluid power- components and systems of hydraulics and pneumatics technologies, both are forms of power transmission used in a diverse array of machinery and equipment.

Who We Listen To & Watch
ARC Advisory Group
Jim Pinto
Frost & Sullivan
Steve Blank
Gong Kong
VDC Research
Fredonia Group
Adam J Fein, Researcher
Venture Planning Group

What We're Reading
Design News
Machine Design
Automation World
Assembly Magazine
Control Design
Vision Systems Design
Packaging World
Harvard Business Review
Design World