Category Archives: Updates

Roundabouts & Lean: Let the Discussion Continue

Apparently the article on the roundabouts and the correlation to the continuous flow belief of lean manufacturing, started some discussion. As a follow up, I was told that Carmel, Indiana has been incorporating roundabouts into their traffic designs and the results of decreased accidents have been significant. So after some quick research (Google); I came

NYS Manufacturing Grows a Little Less

The NY Fed’s July 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates continued expansion for state manufacturers, albeit at a slightly slower rate than June.  The Business Conditions Index came in at 22.6, down 2.4 points, “still a high level, suggesting a continuation of robust growth,” according to the NY Fed.  Prices Paid fell 10.0 points to

National Manufacturing Strong in June

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) PMI® Index was up 1.5 points to 60.2 in June indicating strong growth in manufacturing (a reading above 50.0 signals expansion).  None of the 18 manufacturing sectors surveyed by ISM reported a decrease in activity in June.  According to ISM, “The past relationship between the PMI® and the overall

Why Roundabouts Work, The Lean Perspective

Driving around Western New York, going to various clients, I’ve come across more intersections that were once 4-way stops or had stop lights, that have been replaced by roundabouts. The first time I came across a roundabout was while driving for the first time in England. Not only was I driving on the opposite side

Strong May for Local Manufacturers

The Buffalo-Niagara Manufacturing Index rose to 75.0 in May, an increase of over 11 points from April, indicating accelerating growth (values over 50 indicate expansion). The May Index was the third-highest reading in at least 2.5 years and continues a gradual uptrend since August 2016 that has kept the Buffalo-Niagara Index consistently higher than the

Made in WNY: Buffalo’s Own George Schultz and the Thomas Flyer Captured the 1908 Great Race

2018 marks the 110th anniversary of the Great Race won by Buffalo’s own Thomas Flyer automobile, representing the United States. Buffalo will host the start of the 2018 version of the Great Race this Saturday, June 23.  The 1908 race was the first and only around-the-world automobile race.  The race began in New York on

NYS Manufacturers: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

The NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey was up 4.9 points to 25.0 indicating faster growth in June and continuing a steady upward trend that began in early 2016.  The Forward-Looking Index, which plunged in April, increased for the second month to 38.9 suggesting it has shaken-off trade war fears, if in fact they

Insyte’s Jack McGowan featured in 43North’s “Founder Friday”

Insyte’s Jack McGowan featured in 43North‘s “Founder Friday” – Jack talks about his involvement in the Buffalo Angels, WNY Venture Association & services to start-ups in WNY.  Click here for the full article. “The entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown and is now generating results. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort.”

US Manufacturing Ticks Up

The Institute for Supply Management ‘s PMI Index rose 1.4 points to 58.7 in May indicating manufacturing expanded for the 109th month in a row.  Of the 18 manufacturing sectors reporting, 16 registered growth in May.  However, this report essentially pre-dates any impact from trade tariffs that went into effect at the end of the

New Digs

So exciting!  Insyte’s future home at Northland Beltline – click here to see the fantastic transformation in store for this advanced manufacturing campus on Buffalo’s East Side.   Photo: Business First