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SolarCity expects 20-30% of its supply chain will come from our region, according to Vinayak Gupta, VP of Supply Chain.  “Maybe as high as 50%…[we are] still learning what is available in the area.”  Gupta spoke at BNP’s Annual State of Logistics event.  About half of the approximately 3,000 jobs that SolarCity’s new plant is

Consolidated Funding Applications for New York State Grants are due July 31, 2015. Workshop for potential applicants to be held on June 29 in Niagara Falls

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) will hold a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshop for potential applicants to learn more about the fifth round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshop will be held June 29 in Niagara

Cornell Center for Materials Research is now accepting applications for Fall 2015 JumpStart projects

The CCMR JumpStart program, funded by Empire State Development’s NYSTAR division, pairs New York State small businesses that have well-defined technical needs with Cornell faculty and students who have the expertise to help. http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/jumpstart **Application Deadline: July 1, 2015 Projects receive a dollar for dollar match for project expenses up to $5,000 The application process

NYS Manufacturing Contracts in June

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey for June 2015 fell into negative territory at -1.98 indicating that manufacturing activity declined slightly last month on a statewide basis.  The Survey’s readings have oscillated close to zero for three months and is now at its lowest level since early 2013. New Orders, Unfilled Orders and Delivery Time were

Buffalo-Niagara Manufacturing Expands in May

WNY manufacturing continued to outpace state and national measures according to the May Buffalo-Niagara PMI.  The index registered 61.1 for the month, but was down 3.3 points from 64.4 in April.  All components of the Index—production, prices, inventories, employment, delivers, manufacturing—also showed growth, with the exception of new orders at 48.5.  May was the fifteenth

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2015 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Luddites Redux? By Ben Rand Over the last few years, there has been a growing debate about whether technology is “destroying” jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. In 2011, two MIT professors published Race Against the Machine, suggesting that new digital technologies were reducing the demand for human workers, perhaps permanently. This debate seems particularly topical

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2015 — CASE STUDY: American Douglas Metals

Company American Douglas Metals, Inc. (ADM) has historically operated as a contract manufacturer specializing in the design and fabrication of extruded aluminum components to customer specifications. Their customers incorporate those components into their own products. As part of a new vision for growth, the company wanted to develop its own branded products. Situation Based on

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2015 — EMPLOYEE PROFILE—Robert Kosobucki

In this issue of Insights, we talk with Robert Kosobucki about his role on the Insyte team in sales and marketing. With experience in tech development industries, Robert has a knack for anticipating success. Here, he discusses how an inherent curiosity and passion for creativity has translated to a lifetime of exploration, from a career

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2015 — TAKING AN IDEA TO MARKET

By Robert Kosobucki Good luck comes to those who prepare. Here are ten tips to consider before starting down the arduous path of commercializing an idea:  1. Is your idea a feature, product or business?  Identify your idea. Perhaps you can piggyback on your existing sales channels, customers and market applications. If not, analyze whether

Insyte Chairman Stewart’s Coolture featured in BusinessFirst

Start-up firm Coolture is typical of some of the entrepreneurial companies that Insyte Consulting supports.  Our Jack McGowan spends a good deal of his time coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs on behalf of 43North, the WNY Venture Association and/or the Buffalo Angels and their investment fund.  Jack is also the regional specialist for the federal government’s