Local Manufacturing Expansion Continues

The July Buffalo Purchasing Managers Index was at 57.0 indicating the fourth month in a row of increased manufacturing activity.  Although the Index fell 7 points from its lofty June level, a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion.  Most components of the index—New Orders, Production, Prices, Employment and Deliveries—also showed expansion while only Inventories contracted.  Buffalo’s

MADE IN WNY – Buffalo Gives Birth to the BarcaLounger

Now that football season is underway, it seems like an appropriate time to pay homage to one of WNY’s greatest contributions to football watching—no, not Jim Kelly or Buffalo Wings—the BarcaLounger recliner!  The story begins back in 1896 when a young bookkeeper for the Buffalo Brass and Iron Bedstead Company, Edward Barcalo, founded a business

Strong Manufacturing Momentum Continues in NYS

  “Business conditions improved significantly…for New York State manufacturers” for the third month in a row according to the July 2014 Empire State Manufacturing Survey.   The Business Conditions Index increased 6 points to hit a multi-year high as did many of its constituent parts, including new orders and shipments.  Manufacturing employment also improved.  Tempering these

Manufacturing Works: Your Competitive Advantage

Learn why Jiffy-tite is working with the new manufacturing institute led by EWI.  The world-class capabilities of Manufacturing Works promise to help manufacturers improve their speed, quality and profitability.  The potential for WNY’s manufacturing sector is tremendous.  Manufacturers who take advantage of Manufacturing Works will be able to separate themselves from the competition and create

A lesson from Gettysburg

by Steve DiIoia As a leader, have you ever given a project or a task to one of your team members only to find it was not completed in the timeframe you wanted? Or perhaps they hesitated to take any action at all? How did you react? Did you look at the whole picture or

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2014 — EMPLOYEE PROFILE—Tom Quinn

In this issue of Insights, we talk with consultant Tom Quinn about his role on the Insyte team. Tom specializes in information technology, including systems integration, system requirements definition, vendor selection and implementation. Here, Tom shares his thoughts on the Insyte philosophy, what makes a successful company, and how it’s never too late to get

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2014 — CASE STUDY: Eberl Iron Works, Inc.

Company Founded in 1923, Eberl Iron Works started as a small welding shop fabricating wrought iron railings, exterior fire escapes and miscellaneous iron. Today, the third-generation owners and cousins, Nora and John Eberl, together with a dedicated team of employees, continue to fabricate metal, sell commercial framing support systems and hardware for the construction and

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2014 — DIVORCING YOUR BUSINESS SYSTEM

By Tom Quinn Irreconcilable differences feel incurable, rigid, inflexible and unyielding. Does any of this sound like your relationship with your existing ERP software/business system? As an organization, do the demands of current or future business seem impossible with the people, processes and systems you have in place? There are some simple yet critical assessment questions

Courage, Commitment, Passion and Servanthood; a lesson in leadership from the Founding Fathers of America

by Steve DiIoia This Fourth of July, during the celebration of our declaration of independence, I will be thinking about my abilities as a leader and those of the leaders in my life, past and present. I know it may seem strange to think about this while most people think of BBQs and fireworks. However,

NYS Manufacturing Strong for Second Month

NY Fed’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for June indicates continued expansion with the index edging up to 19.3 from 19.0 in May.  These are the highest levels reported since mid-2010 and are consistent with the recent national ISM and local PMI indexes showing manufacturing expanding.  New Orders led the way climbing to 18.4 from 10.4