2016 Ended on a High for Local Manufacturing

The December 2016 PMI Index from the Institute of Supply Management—Buffalo was 58.9, its highest reading since July 2015.  Manufacturing data at the local, state and national level has been largely positive for the latter part of 2016.  See the full report here: BuffaloISM_December2016

Southern Tier Manufacturing: Ready for your Close-up?

Check out this cool video about manufacturing in WNY’s Southern Tier featuring some of the area’s advanced manufacturers, including: Cummins in Lakewood,  Anderson Precision in Jamestown, Stuart Tool & Die in Falconer and Napoleon Engineering in Olean.

INSIGHTS: FALL 2016 — RECENT PROJECTS

A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS THAT INSYTE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WITH WNY COMPANIES: Provided sales and marketing assistance to position a Niagara County custom table tops manufacturer for 50% revenue growth over the next three years. Helped a Buffalo custom control panels and systems manufacturer develop a request for proposal document (RFP) for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Audited

INSIGHTS: FALL 2016 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Technology Roadmapping By Ben Rand It’s that time of year again: Budget season. But in this day and age, you need to be thinking about much more than just a budget. Manufacturing owners, CEOs, presidents and boards are in the midst of planning for 2017. The minimum requirement is a one-year budget, but better companies will tie these financial projections

INSIGHTS: FALL 2016 — CASE STUDY: Peak Motion, Inc.

Company Founded in 2010, Peak Motion, Inc. engineers and produces complex precision-machined parts for product development prototypes and short-run production of high-precision components and assemblies. Situation Looking to attract new customers, and ultimately grow revenue, Peak Motion’s president believed implementing an ISO 9001:2008 quality system would both help the company grow sales and, at the

INSIGHTS: FALL 2016 — EMPLOYEE PROFILE—Ben Rand

In this issue of Insights, we talk with Ben Rand about his life and career. As president of Insyte, Ben has long been dedicated to strengthening the local manufacturing industry. Here, he discusses how his family’s roots in Buffalo manufacturing and business led him from New England to Western New York. You were not born

INSIGHTS: FALL 2016 — ISO 9001:2015—THE CLOCK IS TICKING

By Jim Johnson It has already been a year since the new ISO 9001:2015 standard was released in September 2015. That means that a third of the time is already gone for companies certi ed to the old ISO 9001:2008 standard to upgrade by the Sept. 23, 2018 deadline. There are no gures available on

Workforce Training Center Operator Named

  EDG or the Economic Development Group, a non-profit comprised of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, Catholic Charities, Goodwill and the Buffalo Urban League, was named the operator of the new Workforce Training Center (WTC) to be located on Northland Avenue.  The WTC, one of the last major pieces of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion, will

NYS Manufacturers’ Optimism Soars

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey’s Index for December 2016 increased to 9.0 indicating modest growth.  However, the real story of December’s report is the six-month outlook which jumped over 20 points to 50.2, its highest reading in almost five years (January 2012).  Over 60% of manufacturers believe that conditions will improve.  Every constituent index in

Buffalo-Niagara Manufacturing is Trending

According to the Buffalo Institute of Supply Management’s PMI Index, local manufacturing activity continued its recent upward trend in November, posting a reading of 58.1.  It’s the third consecutive month of manufacturing expansion and the first time the Index has exceeded 55.0 in the last year, well above its recent low of 39.6 this past