Leary Leaves Laudable Legacy

In March 2017, Gerald Leary will be retiring from Koike Aronson, a manufacturer of welding and thermal cutting equipment, in Arcade, NY.  He will leave behind a thriving company that has grown substantially during his  tenure, adding sales, floor space and employees.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Koike under Leary is actually an incredible

Eberl Investments Pay Dividends

Eberl Iron Works is a great example for small and midsize manufacturers who want to grow.  Under the leadership of cousins Nora and John Eberl, the company is poised for growth, thanks to strategic investments in an ERP system, among other things, that will help it handle increased volume.  Learn more about Eberl in Business

In Memoriam – Dr. Steven B. Sample

Insyte Consulting lost one of its founders and guiding lights this Tuesday when Steve Sample, former President of the University at Buffalo, passed away.  In 1983, together with Art Moog, co-founder of Moog Inc., and Bill Donahue, then Executive Director of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Dr. Sample founded Insyte Consulting (then known as

Innovations in Safety, by Sharon Hilts

  In the spirit of National Women’s History Month, I’d like to highlight an award-winning inventor, Stephanie Kwolek, whose contribution to safety, both in and out of the workplace, has prevented countless injuries and fatalities. Kwolek discovered, through her research, a material stronger than steel that would be used in cut-resistant gloves, bulletproof vests, and

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2016 — RECENT PROJECTS

A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS THAT INSYTE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WITH WNY COMPANIES: Used value stream mapping and lean principles to identify and eliminate wastes from order processing through production for a Niagara County chemical manufacturer. Facilitated off-site strategic planning sessions for a Buffalo metal fabricator to create a business development plan for establishing new product offerings,

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2016 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Looking Ahead—2016 and Beyond By Ben Rand As 2016 opens, what should WNY manufacturers expect for the coming year and beyond? We have our own unique set of circumstances here that will heavily influence our 2016. Like politics, economics can also be local, and in WNY we have benefitted from a huge infusion of cash,

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2016 — CASE STUDY: Artone LLC

Company Artone LLC is a manufacturer of commercial furniture and displays for the hospitality, retail, health care and contract furniture markets. Customers include the Seneca Casinos, DSW Inc., Microtel, Kroger Supermarkets and Disney Animal Kingdom. Situation After a severe business downturn in 2009, the company’s sales rebounded strongly over the next several years. It quickly

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2016 — EMPLOYEE PROFILE—Jim Johnson

In this issue of Insights, we talk with Jim Johnson about industrial engineering. With years of experience on the Insyte team, Jim has long been dedicated to helping area manufacturers improve their operations through instilling Lean practices and other modes of efficiency. Here, he discusses the role he plays on the Insyte team, with his

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2016 — GOING LEAN WITH PLANT LAYOUT DESIGN

By Jim Johnson  One of the often overlooked and underutilized tools in the Lean Manufacturing toolbox is plant layout or facility design. This initiative isn’t typically considered until a company goes through an expansion, relocation or major rearrangement, prompted by circumstances such as equipment purchase, new product line offering or the urgent need to increase

Bottoms Up! McCullagh Coffee Featured on WGRZ

McCullagh Coffee is not only the largest coffee roaster in our region, but a great corporate citizen as well.  Owner Warren Emblidge is a leader in environmental sustainability, helping found the Upstate Green Business Network and running a fuel efficient delivery fleet with routes programmed to minimize mileage and the company’s carbon footprint.   McCullagh has