Hudson Design & Mfg. was founded with the purpose of manufacturing heritage quality goods in Troy, NY – The Home of Uncle Sam. Brothers Bob & Mike Fornasiero have focused their passion for craftsmanship and industrial arts with the integration of modern manufacturing technologies to develop a new generation of iconic American branding.
Bob is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the Top 25 Business Schools in the U.S. with a BS in Business Management and has always had a fascination with product design and working with his hands. He has experience working in the financial services industry, State political arena, and performing high value software sourcing as a college intern but that just didn’t cut it. While most of his fellow graduates went to work for Fortune 500 companies, he found himself enjoying the challenges associated with small business. He has successfully assisted two start-ups in Upstate NY become recognized at the National level in their industries. Looking inward, it was time to take steps to head off on his own with the one person he has worked best with since day 1 – his brother Mike. Bob completed working on an AOS Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology from one of the Northeast’s top trade schools in 2015. In his free time Bob enjoys the shooting sports, lobbying for Second Amendment rights, and sailing. Bob currently works full-time as a machinist making heavy equipment for the railroad industry. He runs HDM on nights and weekends, because 40 hour work weeks are for liberal arts majors.
Mike holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While in college, he had the opportunity to work on the shop floor of a leading international seismic damper manufacturer, perform manufacturing research, and intern with one of the top Research & Development companies internationally. More than just a theoretical engineer, Mike is often tasked with setting up and evaluating manufacturing technologies for a variety of industry segments. While an undergrad, he spent a great deal of time in the Adirondacks – hiking, backpacking, rock & ice climbing, paddling, and caving. Mike’s post Masters focus was in integrating computational and hands on prototyping skills to develop new equipment and processes to solve manufacturing challenges or open new manufacturing pathways in Additive Manufacturing, Non-Traditional Machining, Surface Finishing, Coatings Application, and Advanced Castings. His love of the outdoors has grown with countless hours in the most untouched areas of Upstate NY. Hudson Design & Manufacturing has become a creative outlet for product design and manufacturing around his participation in the shooting sports, sailing on the Great Lakes, and passion for the great outdoors. Mike is currently working as an ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow at the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, Illinois. His fellowship focus is on providing scientific, technical, curricular, and analytical support for the advancement of DMDII’s workforce development and educational outreach goals.