Whatever Floats Your Boat!

All ships rise as the tide of local businesses grow. Confer Plastics of North Tonawanda is a major contributor to that growth as they manufacture tens of thousands of plastic kayaks sold around country in stores like Dicks Sporting Goods. Confer has been able to excel by offering a specialty capability that differentiates them from

Congratulations Winners of the WNY Student2Biz Challenge

By Robert Kosobucki Proteus and EMVISS recently won first and second place respectively in a student business startup competition. http://www.wnycollegeconnection.com/student-2-biz-winners Proteus has developed a universal communicator that enables any sensor to easily connect in via popular communication protocols like Ethernet, Bluetooth and Cellular. Their first application is in a cellular connected, fast deploy remote sensing

Manufacturers’ Growth Benefits Community

Congratulations to Ron, Sharon, Brian and the whole Flexo Transparent team on a great article in Business First today.  Flexo’s focus on innovative products and investments in high-end equipment have helped them grow and expand.  What you may not realize is that they’ve also had a great impact on their Seneca Babcock neighborhood from new jobs

Taking the First Step to Successful Leadership

I read an article the other day entitled “Why leadership-development programs fail” on the Mckinsey & Company website.  As a leader and consultant to leaders, I was intrigued to read about this topic.  One of the traits for being a good leader is never stop reading and never stop learning. I found the article interesting

Congratulations to Staub Machine Co.!

Tony Staub and his team in Hamburg have leveraged technology to run their business more efficiently and effectively.  They’re a model for what innovation can do, even for smaller manufacturers, to improve competitiveness and profitability.  What is your manufacturing business doing to leverage technology?  Learn more about Staub here. Photo: Business First

Congrats to Panasci winner EMVISS and their coach, Jack McGowan of Insyte

EMVISS, a UB student start-up based on technology that removes problematic vibrations in high-precision devices, has won the prestigious University at Buffalo Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition and along with it over $50,000 in cash and services.  EMVISS was coached by our own Jack McGowan, who has guided at least three teams to victory

Good, Fast, Cheap – Pick Any Two!

You’ve heard it as a joke, but even picking two can have unintended costs and consequences. For your marketplace it might be better to just pick one, and excel at it.   After all when you call for a Fast plumber in the middle of the night to repair a broken water line, you don’t call

Local Manufacturing Index Dips

The National Association of Purchasing Management’s PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) for Buffalo released on March 19th, dropped 1.9 points in February to 49.4, indicating stagnant manufacturing activity (this is a diffusion index with values >50 indicating expansion while values <50 indicate contraction).  Coming on the heels of this month’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey, which signaled

Latest NYS Manufacturing Numbers are Little Changed

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey for March indicates that business conditions for manufacturers were largely stagnant from February to March.  The general business conditions index is still positive at 5.6, up from 4.5, indicating that manufacturing was expanding, albeit very slowly.  New orders improved to 3.1 from -0.2 last month while Shipments grew to 4.0


A sample of projects that Insyte has recently concluded with Western New York companies:  • Helped an Erie County manufacturer of innovative technologies for new and high-tech materials develop market positioning and messaging for a specific product line to differentiate itself from its competition in targeted markets, including Mexico and Brazil. • Provided lean six