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

Local Manufacturing Growing per PMI

The Buffalo Purchasing Managers Index for May was well over 60 (a reading above 50 indicates expansion) for the second month in a row, mirroring the upturn in the national ISM Index.  New orders (78.3) and Production (75.3) led the way.  At 47.1 manufacturing employment was the only sub index that showed contraction for May. 

WSJ’s Special Manufacturing Section has Message for WNY

The Wall Street Journal’s special section on manufacturing published June 2 had an article of particular interest for WNY manufacturing.  “What’s Behind the German Success Story” http://online.wsj.com/articles/behind-germanys-success-story-in-manufacturing-1401473946 discusses the tremendous success of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes in doing applied R&D with small- and mid-sized manufacturers to make them more competitive, despite the high-cost environment in Germany.