Celebrating Manufacturing in Chautauqua

National Manufacturing Day brought out students and local leaders to tour manufacturers throughout Chautauqua County including Monofrax in Falconer, a maker of fused-cast refractories particularly for glass furnaces.  County Executive Vince Horrigan was also on hand to focus attention on the importance of manufacturing in the Southern Tier and the growing need for skilled workers. 

Through the Lens: WNY’s Industrial Past – Time Office at the Lackawanna Steel Company

From 1902 to 1922 the Lackawanna Steel Company grew and prospered along the Lake Erie shore in Lackawanna as a leading manufacturer of rails and sheet piling.   In 1922 Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel company in the U.S., purchased Lackawanna Steel and operated the plant until 1983 when it closed.  The picture shows the

Manufacturing Day 2016 – The future is bright for STEM careers

We’re celebrating Manufacturing Day today with many activities throughout WNY.  On this day, and every day, we work to make students of all ages aware of the opportunities available for exciting careers in manufacturing.  Western New York is facing a critical shortfall of manufacturing employees in the near future.  Insyte Consulting is proud to work

Students Tour GM Tonawanda Engine Plant

General Motors and Buffalo Manufacturing Works hosted tours for area high school students to showcase advanced manufacturing and spur STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).  “This Friday, October 7th is the Fifth Annual National Manufacturing Day,” according to Ben Rand, President of Insyte Consulting which is a partner in Buffalo Manufacturing Works.  “But we

U.S. Manufacturing Lukewarm in September

The Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) registered 51.5 for September indicating a slight expansion in manufacturing activity for the month and improving over August’s reading of 49.4.  New Orders, Production and New Export Orders were among the components expanding, while Employment, Backlog and Imports contracted.  Readings have oscillated between 48.0 and 53.2

New Napster in Larkinville?

No, we’re not talking about the iconic website, but about Reverie, a leading maker of innovative adjustable beds, mattresses and pillows.   Their first WNY location was in Silver Creek, before moving into a larger facility in Eden to accommodate some of their growth and reshored production.  Now they’re opening a new sales, customer service, IT

A Tasty Win for Chautauqua

The announcement that an Italian cheese company, Nuova Castelli Group, bought Ashville’s Empire Specialty Cheese is a great win for all involved:  the Italians, Empire, Ashville and especially Chautauqua County.  Congratulations to the Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (which must be one of the best IDAs in all of NYS) led by Kevin Sanvidge and Rich

Getting Ready for Food Truck Tuesday

The view from our suite showing Larkin Square prepping for Food Truck Tuesday!

WGRZ Features Loupe – Innovate WNY

WGRZ Ch. 2 showcased one of our entrepreneurial clients this morning, City Dining Cards and their new restaurant loyalty app, Loupe.  Our Jack McGowan reviewed and helped company management define their funding strategy, business plan and investor presentation.  The company represented Buffalo in the Launchpad pitch in New Orleans this past spring and is a

Practical Examples & Advice for Digital Manufacturing

While there is a great deal of buzz around “smart manufacturing” and “digital manufacturing” and how these technologies will soon revolutionize manufacturing, there have been few examples and little about what will be required to capture these benefits.   A recent article in Industry Week offers both an example of how digital manufacturing can impact daily operations and