By Ben Rand Oct. 3 is Manufacturing Day, the annual celebration of manufacturing in North America, designed both to acknowledge this important economic engine and to dispel common misperceptions about manufacturing. Here’s a test. Which of the following statements about manufacturing is true? a) Manufacturing is so “Old Economy.”    b) Manufacturing doesn’t pay well. c)

NYS Manufacturing Extends Winning Streak

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey showed another strong month of growth for NYS manufacturers in September.  The index climbed 13 points to 27.5, its highest level in five years, paced by growth in new orders and shipments.  Manufacturing has now expanded every month this year in New York according to the survey.  The last time that

INSIGHTS: SUMMER 2014 — CASE STUDY: Safetec of America

Company Founded in 1991, Safetec of America manufactures infection control, first aid and compliance products sold to medical, safety/first-aid and industrial markets. Products are sold through several channels, including its distributor network, contract packaging and several private label agreements. Situation Over the years, Safetec of America experienced tremendous spikes in business due to the outbreak

INSIGHTS: SUMMER 2014 — MADE IN WNY: Iconic Crescent Wrench Born in Jamestown

There are few products so ubiquitous that their names define their product category; almost everyone knows them and owns them. One such product is the crescent wrench, which originated right here in WNY. Karl Peterson, a Swedish immigrant born in Malmo in 1866, founded the Crescent Tool Company in Jamestown in 1902. The company originally


In this issue of Insights, we talk with business development manager John Murray about his role on the Insyte team. John’s responsibilities include marketing the company’s services to manufacturers in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, as well as providing marketing support to Insyte’s clients. Here, John discusses his South Buffalo roots, working with his father

Thanks a Billion Five!

Let’s all give a big “Thank You” to WNY Manufacturers for their continued commitment to improving!    As Exhibit One, consider that Insyte just passed another milestone this month when we reached $1.5 Billion in impact for our WNY manufacturing clients, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Here is the breakdown of that $1,505,769,345:

Local Manufacturing Expansion Continues

The July Buffalo Purchasing Managers Index was at 57.0 indicating the fourth month in a row of increased manufacturing activity.  Although the Index fell 7 points from its lofty June level, a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion.  Most components of the index—New Orders, Production, Prices, Employment and Deliveries—also showed expansion while only Inventories contracted.  Buffalo’s

MADE IN WNY – Buffalo Gives Birth to the BarcaLounger

Now that football season is underway, it seems like an appropriate time to pay homage to one of WNY’s greatest contributions to football watching—no, not Jim Kelly or Buffalo Wings—the BarcaLounger recliner!  The story begins back in 1896 when a young bookkeeper for the Buffalo Brass and Iron Bedstead Company, Edward Barcalo, founded a business

Strong Manufacturing Momentum Continues in NYS

  “Business conditions improved significantly…for New York State manufacturers” for the third month in a row according to the July 2014 Empire State Manufacturing Survey.   The Business Conditions Index increased 6 points to hit a multi-year high as did many of its constituent parts, including new orders and shipments.  Manufacturing employment also improved.  Tempering these

Manufacturing Works: Your Competitive Advantage

Learn why Jiffy-tite is working with the new manufacturing institute led by EWI.  The world-class capabilities of Manufacturing Works promise to help manufacturers improve their speed, quality and profitability.  The potential for WNY’s manufacturing sector is tremendous.  Manufacturers who take advantage of Manufacturing Works will be able to separate themselves from the competition and create