Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

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Manufacturing Up in NYS

The NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that NYS manufacturing activity grew “significantly” in September, the third month in a row of expansion.  The survey registered 17.0, up 13.3 points from last month (a reading above 0.0 is consistent with expansion).  New Orders led the way, moving from contraction in August to growth

New York MEP launches Personal Protection Equipment Assistance

Need help sourcing PPE? Do you currently or are you considering producing PPE? The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NYMEP), as part of its COVID Recovery Initiative, has announced a Personal Protection Equipment Assistance initiative, to help manufacturers state-wide to access supplies of PPE such as masks, gloves, gowns, respirators and sanitizer. This program aims to

U.S. Manufacturing Improves

The Institute for Supply Management’s closely-watched PMI Index exceeded expectations by increasing 1.8 points to 56.0 in August, its highest reading since January 2019, indicating that national manufacturing continued to expand for the third month in a row (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  The Index was led higher by New Orders (+6.1 points to

“Did I do a Good Job Today”?

“So, how was your day today”? If that’s a question you are asked as you arrive home from work, how do you respond? The great majority of manufacturing workers (both shop floor and office), that I interact with on a daily basis, want to do a good job and earn their pay for the day.

COVID Recovery Initiative to Help Manufacturers Adapt to Changing Market Conditions

Initiative will support manufacturers in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and positioning themselves for future competitiveness and resilience. The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) today announced new programs to provide critical services to small and mid-sized manufacturers as they adapt to changing market conditions amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will assist companies

Funding to Manufacture PPE Available Through StopTheSpread’s ImpactAssets COVID-19 Response Fund

StopTheSpread is an organization whose mission is to catalyze the private sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early March, StopTheSpread and NIST MEP have worked together, matching StopTheSpread partners with MEP Centers and clients in order to facilitate increased production of PPE, testing and treatment equipment, and ventilators. Recently, StopTheSpread joined forces with ImpactAssets, an

NYS Manufacturing Growth Slows

After jumping over 17 points in July, the NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for August remained “in the black” but dropped -13.5 points to 3.7 signaling slower growth for NYS manufacturers (a reading above 0 is indicative of expansion).  Although NYS is currently managing the Coronavirus/Covid19 pandemic and continuing its reopening, every constituent

CASE STUDY: Cybersecurity Compliance with GP:50, Grand Island NY

COMPANY GP:50 NY Ltd. (GP:50) is a manufacturer of pressure, temperature and level sensors. Founded in 1986, the company remains a privately held, family run business. The company recently invested in a 11,000 sq. ft. facility expansion including new equipment and an enterprise management system to accommodate their growth in the defense and aerospace market.

Manufacturers – Are You Certified to the New DoD Cybersecurity Standard?

Why is the Department of Defense Implementing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and are DoD Associated Manufacturers in WNY Prepared? How would not being able to bid on contracts or manufacture Department of Defense (DoD), aerospace, or military supply chain products affect your revenues? For over a decade, the DoD has been leading the

National Manufacturing Edges Up in July

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index improved by +1.6 points to 54.2 for July, exceeding market expectations and marking a second consecutive month of modest growth (a reading above 50.0 is consistent with expansion) after three months of Coronavirus/Covid19 contraction in March, April and May.  Backlog (+6.5 to 51.8), New Orders (+5.1 to 61.5)