In Memoriam – Michael Bartlett and Sam Ferraro

Insyte lost two good friends during the past couple weeks.  Michael Bartlett, the long-time executive director of the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency, died suddenly in February. He oversaw economic development in Hamburg for the past 26 years. Sam Ferraro passed away in March after leading economic development in Niagara County for the past 40 years.

On the Up and Up

Manufacturing activity across NYS “grew robustly” according to the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for March 2018 released today.  The general business conditions index rose 9.4 points to 22.5 (a reading above 0 indicates expansion), led by Shipments (up 14.5 to 27.0), Unfilled Orders (up 7.8 to 12.7), Delivery Time (up 5.1 to 16.2) and New

Two Degrees of Separation & a Buffalo Sabres Milestone

If you don’t know Insyte’s John Murray, we’re sure you know someone who does… he’s a true Buffalonian!  It’s a running joke in the office, but we are truly convinced there are only two degrees of separation from knowing this great guy. John, a long-time Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder, was honored for his loyalty

Your ISO Certification May Become Invalid This September

Although prominent in industry news, some companies may still be unaware that their ISO certification may become invalid this September. Beginning September 15, 2018: Only ISO 9001:2015 certificate is valid Only IATF16949:2016 certificate is valid Only AS9100 Rev. D certificate is valid Only ISO 14001:2015 certificate is valid Beginning March 1, 2019: Only ISO 13485:2016

Succession Planning for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers – Last Day to Register

Succession Planning for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers Friday, March 9, 2018 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Larkin at Exchange Building 8th Floor – Barton Conference Room  Practical and interactive workshop in which participants will learn about and develop an initial transition and succession plan for their business. COST: $50.00 per person to hold your spot

U.S. Manufacturing Uptrend Continues

The Institute of Supply Management’s closely watched PMI Index increased to 60.8 for February, its highest level in 14 years, indicating continued manufacturing expansion nationwide.  This is the 18th month in a row of growth for U.S. manufacturing.  These national results are generally consistent with the Empire State Manufacturing Survey which posted its highest level

A Change of Pace in our Office

A change of pace in our office today… Jack McGowan is in the process of doing voice-overs for our latest video with Paget Films and Block Club – stay tuned!   We’re so thrilled to be working with this group again… check out our previously released case study videos with WNY manufacturers: Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Eberl Iron Works

Manufacturers Gain Insight from Operational Excellence Workshop

“Great structure for introducing many key concepts.” “The discussions were great. Both moderators were very knowledgeable with practical insights.” “I appreciated the opportunity as an HR professional to understand these concepts and the terminology that other Ops people use. Communication is key.”   These are just a sample of comments from attendees at our Operational

InfoTechWNY 2018 BETAS Seeks Nominees for Innovation in Manufacturing Award

InfoTech WNY’s annual BETAS (Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase) recognizes and celebrates WNY’s organizations and individuals that set the standard for technological innovation and implementation, workplace culture, and industry activism.  Nominations are open for the Innovation in Manufacturing category. This award will recognize a company that uses technology innovation to bring a product or service

Allegany Hit by Dresser-Rand Closure

Siemens’ decision to close Dresser-Rand’s Wellsville manufacturing facility over the next two years will have a significant impact on manufacturing employment and overall employment in Allegany County.  The announcement yesterday indicated that the decision was made “to offset capacity surplus and price erosion caused by broad energy market changes.”  The factory has approximately 250 employees,