Innovations in Safety, by Sharon Hilts

‘Safety Blitz’ In regularly occurring, action-packed events called ‘Safety Blitzes’, employees at Greif Inc. in Tonawanda, NY are taking charge of safety improvements.   With the full participative support of their Plant Manager, Dan Healy, this cooperative effort between union and management is having a major impact. Getting Things Done Once preparations have been made for

Congratulations to all the 43North Winners!

That includes ACV Auctions, the grand prize winner, the other 11 finalists and perhaps most of all, WNY.  The thriving entrepreneurial scene here that 43North has helped create has already altered the mindset of Western New Yorkers and has the potential to alter our economy, too.  More and more people are realizing that they can

Innovations in Safety, by Sharon Hilts

‘Look-Out Fred’ Soliciting Suggestions and Giving Guidance ‘Look-Out Fred’ is a 4-foot high, cardboard cutout robot (custom designed through that has taken on a life of his own at Berry Plastics in Dunkirk, NY.  Fred encourages interaction with his dynamic nature.  He is moved around on the shop floor to where the most recent

INSIGHTS: FALL 2015 — CASE STUDY: Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Company Boston Valley Terra Cotta is a manufacturer of architectural terra cotta masonry for new construction and renovated buildings. These product lines have long life and significant ornamental value. Products are manufactured several ways, including pressing, slip casting and extrusion, and are sold worldwide. Several local projects of particular note are the Electric Tower, Liberty


In this issue of Insights, we talk with Phil Celotto about his consulting on Lean practices. With 15 years experience on the Insyte team, Phil 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


Annual Report By Ben Rand The last year has been an exciting one for Insyte Consulting, first and foremost because our efforts to help WNY manufacturers have been paying big dividends. According to independent quarterly surveys of our clients, conducted for the United States Department of Commerce (USDoC), Insyte helped generate over $317.4 million in


By Phil Celotto The Lean Manufacturing trend that has swept through industry over the last 20 years may have left some businesses behind. Many companies working in a Make to Order (MTO) or Engineer to Order (ETO) type of industry have rejected the lean manufacturing approach assuming that Lean does not apply to their business.


A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS THAT INSYTE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WITH WNY COMPANIES: Developed a market and competitive positioning strategy to differentiate a Chautauqua County high-precision grinder from its competition to grow sales by 33% and reduce reliance on a small number of large accounts. Provided information technology expertise and assistance to a Buffalo metals fabricator in

Looking Forward to 43North Week

43North Week kicked off on Wednesday, October 21 with the monthly meeting of StartupGrind Buffalo  featuring a conversation with Patrick Finan, CEO and co-founder of Block Club and City Dining Cards.  The week’s events run through the 43North Finals & Award Ceremony on Thursday, October 29.  The slate of events during the week includes:

Bonjour de France!

Insyte’s Bob Kosobucki is spending a month in Tours, France and sharing the culture with everyone at Insyte through his daily email posts & photographs.  All messages are completely “en Francais”, as Bob is participating in French language immersion training.  Thanks to Google Translate & Babelfish, we’re learning a lot too – as our responses must