Planes Flown in First Defense of Pearl Harbor from WNY

Curtiss Wright aircraft played a huge role in the defense of Pearl Harbor.  See Channel 2’s video above. Also check out our blog about the Curtiss Wright operations in Buffalo, NY.

Through the Lens: WNY’s Industrial Past – Curtiss-Wright Plant #2

On December 7, 1941, seventy-five years ago tomorrow, P-40 fighter planes built in Buffalo defended Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attacks.  This picture shows Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Plant #2, a 1.5 million ft2 factory built in 1940-1941 on the site of the present Buffalo-Niagara International Airport to manufacture Curtiss-Wright’s P-40, known variously as the Warhawk, Kittyhawk

A Cutting Edge WNY Manufacturer

Diamond Saw Works in Chaffee, an Insyte Consulting client, was recently featured in a WKBW-TV “Still Made in WNY”  piece. See the story here or go to their website at to learn more.

ALERT: New Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

The U.S. Department of Labor has been prohibited by a Federal Court from implementing a new Overtime Rule scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  This Overtime Rule would have raised the minimum salary level to $47,476 for employees to qualify for the “white collar” overtime exemption.  In other words, any salaried employee

Made in WNY: Disco Lighting

It’s almost time for the World’s Largest Disco, Buffalo’s annual post-Thanksgiving tribute to Disco Era.  What few of the 7,000 attendees are likely to know is that a WNY manufacturing company played a prominent role in the disco craze and you can see their products every time you watch Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta.

NYS Manufacturing Shows Slight Improvement

The November Empire State Manufacturing Survey ticked-up eight points to a reading of +1.5 indicating mild improvement, led by New Orders, Shipments, Prices Paid and Prices Received.  Five other subcomponent indices remained negative including Employment.  The General Business Conditions index has bounced between +10 and -10 since February with as many positive as negative readings

Fair Trade Benefits U.S. Manufacturers and Workers Alike

John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Trade for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was in Buffalo to discuss the implications of the presidential election for American trade policy as part of the World Trade Center Buffalo-Niagara’s Annual Meeting.  Mr. Murphy made a compelling case for the positive impact of trade, noting among other things

Buffalo Manufacturing Positive for Second Month

The October PMI Index from the Institute of Supply Management – Buffalo is 51.9, indicating some expansion in area manufacturing.  The Index is down three points from September’s PMI Index of 54.9, but is still positive.  In particular, New Orders grew with an October reading of 56.3 up from 50.0 in September.  See the full

Today is an Important Date in New Era History

Ehrhardt Koch, founder of New Era died on this date, November 8 in 1953 at the age of 68. Mr. Koch was born in Germany and immigrated to the East side of Buffalo, N.Y. with his parents in the late 19th century. He started working for the Miller Brother’s Cap Company making caps in 1902.

MADE IN WNY: Jamestown’s voting machines

The height of the political season seems like a good time to revisit the story of a key piece of technology that revolutionized balloting.  Voters of a certain age around the country have used this technology at one time or another and for decades it was the gold standard for elections nationwide.  It is the