World Trade Celebration Showcases Sustainability & Exporting

The Annual World Trade Celebration on Wednesday, May 20th hosted by the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, is both a premier business networking event and a tremendous learning opportunity.  This year, the focus is on Global Sustainability which can help grow your company’s sales and exports while reducing your costs and helping the environment.  Hear

Buffalo Area Manufacturing Continues to Expand

The April ISM Report for Buffalo came in at 64.4 indicating growth in our manufacturing sector for the 14th month in a row.  New Orders at 75.6, Employment at 67.1 and Production at 65.2 led the way, but every component of the index indicated expansion.  By comparison, the equivalent National ISM Report has been below

Dynabrade Leverages Strength to Diversify

Over 50% of sales for Clarence tool manufacturer Dynabrade are international.  Dynabrade, along with Eastman Machine, Koike Aronson and SolEpoxy are great examples of how even small and mid-sized manufacturers can benefit from exporting.  Recognizing that its well-established export channels were a strength, Dynabrade acquired National Detroit, another tool maker, but one without international sales. 

Don’t let your company culture go feral

Culture Happens! That is, company culture. Whether you ignore it or not, your company has a culture. Some managers may diminish the importance of paying attention to company culture. After all the employees have job descriptions, job training, an employee handbook and supervisors to oversee activities. But ignoring culture is done at your own peril.

NYTimes Showcases Buffalo’s Eastman Machine

One of Buffalo’s oldest family-owned manufacturing companies was featured by the New York Times in an article about the challenges of exporting in the current currency exchange rate environment.   Eastman Machine, which manufacturers cutting machines for a wide range of industrial applications, has been in operation in Buffalo for over 125 years, has distributors in 66

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2015 — CASE STUDY: Napoleon Engineering Services

Company Napoleon Engineering Services (NES) is a custom manufacturer of high-performance specialty bearings and the largest bearing test and inspection facility in North America. Their products and services support aerospace, agriculture, heavy- duty truck and medical applications nationally and internationally. Customers include high-profile, recognizable companies, such as SKF, John Deere, Boeing and Moog. Situation A

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2015 — EMPLOYEE PROFILE—Sharon Hilts

  In this issue of Insights, we talk with consultant Sharon Hilts about her role on the Insyte team. With years of experience in management, Sharon offers Insyte’s clients an approach to leadership shaped by her own unique passion: Argentine tango. Here, Sharon discusses workforce safety, quality and communication, and how collaborative dance informs her

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2015 — BRINGING INNOVATION TO SAFETY

By Sharon Hilts WHILE EXCITING INNOVATIONS ARE CAPTURING PROGRESS ALL AROUND US, approaches to workplace safety have stagnated due to a focus on compliance. The mediocre results are costly, in many ways, for injured employees, their families and employers. Break out of this humdrum routine by using innovation to invigorate safety systems and achieve unprecedented

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2015 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

By Ben Rand As Howard Zemsky and Christina Orsi move on to new roles with New York State and UB, respectively, I’d like to take a moment to thank them for championing WNY economic development, particularly WNY manufacturing. They forged a tremendous partnership between the WNY Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and the WNY Region

Doing Well While Doing Good

Insyte Consulting is proud to have partnered with President/CEO Tom Lynch and Goodwill Industries in transforming their business.  Under Lynch, Goodwill has streamlined its intake process, tripled its contract manufacturing volume, doubled its employment, obtained ISO certification and opened new stores.  We salute Tom and Goodwill!  See Tom’s BizTalk interview in the Sunday Buffalo News