Insyte Consulting Selected as Western New York Regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center; Leads Nation in MEP Economic Impact

Buffalo, NY – Insyte Consulting, a non-profit management consulting organization, has been selected as the Western New York Regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center by Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) as part of their New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program competition.   This selection comes with funding of $4.25 million through 2020.  Insyte Consulting has been

Made in WNY: Tonawanda’s NFL Franchise

Super Bowl 50 is this weekend. Amid all the pageantry, hoopla, multi-million dollar players and multi-billion dollar franchises, it’s easy to forget the NFL’s humble beginnings and the role manufacturers played at the start. Even more forgotten is the small but interesting part that WNY had in the earliest days of the league, long before

NYS Manufacturing Drops

After increasing in November and December, the Empire State Manufacturing Survey’s General Business Conditions Index fell sharply in January to -19.4, its lowest level since March 2009 at the height of the Great Recession.  The contraction was led by large drops in New Orders and Shipments.  The Index has now been in negative territory since

Maggio Succeeds Levy at 43North

William Maggio, President & CEO of Immco Diagnostics, will become chairman of the 43North business plan competition as Jordan Levy steps down.  Bill has been a tremendous booster and actively involved with 43North from the start.  The competition which awards $5 million in funding annually, including a $1 million first prize, just completed its second

Modest Manufacturing Growth Bucks Trends

The December Purchasing Managers Index for Buffalo-Niagara came in at 51.8 according to the Institute of Supply Management – Buffalo.  Despite falling from 58.7 in November, December’s reading still indicated a slight expansion in manufacturing in contrast to the statewide and national indexes which both showed contraction in December.   The index has been choppy, oscillating

Coleman to Lead BNMA

The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance has tapped Peter Coleman as Executive Director.  “Peter is an excellent choice as Executive Director,” according to Ben Rand, President of Insyte Consulting.  “Peter knows manufacturing and is particularly passionate about workforce development, a key concern for manufacturers in WNY and nationwide.” Coleman takes over from Jerry Sheldon who originated

MAPI Predicts Manufacturing Growth through 2018

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (www.mapi.net) forecasts “moderate” growth for manufacturing production from 2016-2018, based on consumer spending buoyed by employment and income growth.  MAPI sees stabilization ahead after 2015’s sharp swings in energy prices (down) and the dollar (up), exacerbated by the West Coast port strike and last year’s severe winter.  The

Break Down those Company Silos

This short video from McKinsey & Company suggests that defining key metrics along the ENTIRE company value stream from pre-order to post-delivery customer interactions can dramatically improve company performance. Having common metrics for the entire customer value stream reduces the inefficiencies and organizational friction that occur when corporate goals are established, but individual departments set

Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Sees November Uptick

Bucking the state and national trend, Buffalo Niagara manufacturing expanded modestly in November according to recent figures from the Institute of Supply Management – Buffalo.  Production, New Orders and Employment were all up, indicating growth in November, while the national ISM numbers and the Empire State Manufacturing Survey both showed a contraction in manufacturing for

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