Category Archives: Updates

NYS Manufacturing Strength Continues

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s October Empire State Manufacturing Survey, business activity continued to expand causing their index to climb to 21.1, up 2.1 points from last month.  New Orders rose 6 points to 22.5, their highest level in a year, while Shipments jumped 12 points to 26.3.  At the same

HAPPY MANUFACTURING DAY!

Today is National Manufacturing Day when we recognize the important role that manufacturing plays in the American economy.  Nowhere is that more true than in WNY, where we have a proud legacy of manufacturing greatness that continues!  Our 66,600 direct manufacturing jobs account for one of every ten jobs in WNY and, indirectly, for three

INSIGHTS: FALL 2018 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

By Ben Rand Manufacturers everywhere are talking about the risks posed by their inability to find qualified workers. Some are worried about new technologies disrupting their industries. Lately, many are talking about the risks of tariffs or a trade war. But there is a huge risk looming, not only in manufacturing but throughout the economy,

INSIGHTS: FALL 2018 — CASE STUDY: Safetec of America

COMPANY Founded in 1991, Safetec of America manufactures over-the-counter healthcare products for infection control, health safety and first aid. Its products are sold via private label agreements and under the Safetec brand name through distributors and contract packagers. SITUATION After experiencing significant sales growth as a result of an Insyte strategic marketing project three years

INSIGHTS: FALL 2018 — PROFILE: LISË STEWART

In this issue of Insights, we talk with Lisë Stewart, director of the Center for Family Business Excellence at EisnerAmper. For the past 34 years, Stewart has applied her background in organizational psychology and development to help private businesses across the country and around the world ready their companies for the next generation of leadership.

INSIGHTS: FALL 2018 — EFFECTIVE SUCCESSION PLANNING: 6 WAYS TO PLAN FOR SUCCESS

By Lisë Stewart Succession planning means planning for the long-term success of a business. It should be a process that engenders a strong and viable company, empowers and educates the next generation to take over, or prepares the business for sale to a qualified buyer. Focus on the things that will build an organization that

INSIGHTS: FALL 2018 — RECENT PROJECTS

A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS THAT INSYTE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WITH WNY COMPANIES: Helped a Chautauqua County manufacturer transition from the TS 16949 quality standard to the new IATF 16949 automotive quality standard and obtain certification. Defined the requirements for a barcoding system to complement an Erie County automotive parts manufacturer’s ERP system to support projected annual

US Manufacturing Eases from 14+ Year High

The September 2018 PMI Index from the Institute for Supply Management registered a strong 59.3, albeit down 1.5 points from a 14+ year high last month (a reading above 50 indicates expansion).  While New Orders, Backlog of Orders, Supplier Deliveries and Prices pulled back, Production, New Exports and Imports all grew faster than in August.

Solmac Inc. Successfully Completes AS9100 Rev. D Certification

Congratulations to Williamsville, NY manufacturer Solmac Inc. on achieving their certification to the AS9100 Rev. D standard.  Your hard work, determination, and commitment to continual improvement is a credit to you! This certification is the standard quality management system specific to the aerospace industry and “is designed to meet the complex and unique demands of

What’s a Kanban?

If you would like to better control inventory, become more predictable and have what you need when you want it; you should implement Kanban into your processes. First of all, the pronunciation is “Kon-Bon”, not “Can-Ban”. A kanban is a signal that informs the user that a part, necessary to complete a process, is running