Home to SUNY New Paltz and its 3D printing initiative, advanced manufacturing is seeing major growth in the County. In early 2014, SUNY New Paltz celebrated the opening of the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center, which today is used by students, faculty and local industries for rapid prototyping.

Ulster County has a long history as a center for specialized manufacturing, with niche manufacturing growing steadily. Ulster County companies use sophisticated techniques and innovative technologies to raise productivity and produce high value-added products. The County's manufacturing success is due to the combined efforts and support of government, industry, academic and economic development leaders.