Category Archives: Updates

State Manufacturing Subdued

Manufacturing activity across New York State “edged somewhat higher” according to the NY Federal Reserve’s January Empire State Manufacturing Survey.  The general business conditions index was up +1.5 points to 4.8 (a reading above 0.0 indicates growth), the eighth consecutive month of single digit readings following a sharp drop last June.  New Orders, Shipments, Unfilled

Cyber Security Best Practices for Manufacturers in 2020: Workshop – January 15

Cyber Security Best Practices for Manufacturers in 2020 Date And Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 PM – 4:00 Location: Insyte Consulting 683 Northland Avenue, Buffalo, NY – Entrance E – Admission is Free, but registration is required. In this fast-moving, fun but sometimes scary presentation, you will get a management-level understanding of IT and

NYS Manufacturing Stagnant

The N.Y. Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey ticked up 0.6 points to 3.5 indicating that business conditions were little changed in December (a reading above 0 indicates expansion).  This is the seventh month of sluggish, single-digit performance.  Nevertheless, optimism about the future grew as the expectations six-months from now were up over 10 points

Thank You Congressman Higgins

Thank you Congressman Higgins for your support of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and Insyte’s work with WNY manufacturers! Read full article here.  

Fifth Month of U.S. Manufacturing Contraction

American factory activity contracted in December according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) monthly survey.  The PMI Index fell to 47.2 (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion), down -0.9 from November, to its lowest level since June 2009 during the Great Recession.  New Orders, Production, Imports, New Export Orders, Employment and other sub-indices all

U.S. Manufacturing Contraction Deepens

The closely-watched PMI measure from the Institute for Supply Management fell in November to 48.1, a decline of 0.2 from October, marking the fourth month in a row with each successive month lower than the last (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  This was reportedly below market expectations of ~49.4 and the Dow was down

WNY Manufacturing Drops Mirroring U.S.

According to the Institute for Supply Management – Buffalo Chapter, area manufacturing activity fell to 51.2 in October, its lowest level in over three years (August 2016).  The index fell -17.1 points from September and now indicates negligible growth (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion), consistent with the National ISM’s PMI which has signaled no

State Manufacturing Flat

The NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey came in at 2.9 for November, down -1.1 points from October, indicating slowing but relatively stable manufacturing activity (a reading above 0 indicates expansion). This is the fifth straight month the index has remained in a narrow range between 2.0 and 5.0 after recovering from a plunge

Manufacturers, You’ve Been Hacked! Now What…

Are WNY manufacturers adequately prepared to defend against hacking of their information systems, or invasion of their critical data files containing employee and customer records? Whether it be stolen financial or confidential employee information, a single machine or complete plant shutdown, or the acquisition and theft of Intellectual Property by persons inside or outside your

This Veterans Day Take a Moment to Remember the Sacrifices Made by the Greatest Generation

(Photo: Normandy Beach, by Bob Kosobucki) June 6, 2019 commemorated the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Last year, our Bob Kosobucki took a three-month sabbatical in France attending a French immersion school. His passion is the French language and culture.  During his trip he has kept us abreast of his travels visiting historical sites by sending pictures