Category Archives: Updates

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2018 — STRATEGIC PLANNING IS A PROCESS

Strategic Planning Is a Process By Jack McGowan Strategic planning is more than documenting a company’s desired activities or developing a wish list for the coming year. Developing a useful plan is a process that consists of the following activities: Assemble a planning team of people who represent key functions at the company, are committed

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2018 — PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

By Ben Rand There has been a growing debate about whether technology is destroying jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector. In 2011, two MIT professors published “Race Against the Machine,” in which they suggest that new technologies such as robotics were reducing the demand for human workers, perhaps permanently. Will such technologies cost us manufacturing jobs?

INSIGHTS: WINTER 2018 — RECENT PROJECTS

A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS THAT INSYTE RECENTLY CONCLUDED WITH WNY COMPANIES: Helped a large Chautauqua county food cooperative develop a strategic marketing plan to pursue growth opportunities and increase profitability over the next three to five years. Improved production flow and space utilization for an Erie County building-products manufacturer’s expanded production facility. Provided strategic support

Off to a Strong Start

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey index registered 17.7 for January 2018, its highest January reading since 2004, indicating manufacturing expansion in New York State.  Although the index is down 1.9 points from December, it continues a steady uptrend that began after January 2016’s seven-year low of -16.9.  A reading above zero indicates expansion while below

ESOP a Success for Niagara Gear Employees

Niagara Gear, located on Military Road in Tonawanda, recently received a visit from Senator Gillibrand (pictured) in recognition for their Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) of sharing ownership of the company among its employees. Insyte Consulting has been assisting Niagara Gear and its affiliate companies for many years in making improvements to its business. Below

Insyte Partnering with NYSEG on Manufacturing Grants

MANUFACTURING ACCELERATOR PROGRAM (MAP) Insyte Consulting is excited to announce it is partnering with NYSEG to provide grant funding for manufacturing customers served by NYSEG. These grants will support a diverse range of operational improvement and growth related projects that improve productivity and increase revenue for these manufacturers. The Manufacturing Accelerator Program will provide: Matching reimbursement grants

Strong 2017 Finish for American Manufacturing

The December 2017 PMI Index from the Institute of Supply Management climbed to 59.7, its highest December reading in at least 13 years and an increase of 1.5 points from 58.2 in November (any reading above 50 indicates expansion).  New Orders jumped 5.4 points to 69.4, Production was up 1.9 points to 65.8 and New

76West Clean Energy Competition Accepting Applications

The 76West Clean Energy Competition is accepting applications from emerging clean energy companies for Round 3. 76West is a $20 million competition and support program administered by NYSERDA that started in 2016 and runs through 2019. It is designed to further develop the New York State Southern Tier’s regional community of clean energy technology innovators,

Buffalo Angels Display Strength in Numbers

Buffalo, NY – Members of the Buffalo Angels have invested over $3.2 million in sixteen local companies since 2014. In addition to helping startups grow, the group itself has grown as it has added new members. Buffalo Angels has two elements – an angel investor network and a member-managed fund. The fund, Buffalo Angels, LLC,

Congratulations to Niagara County Manufacturer – Celebrating 50 Years in Business

Congratulations to the Kammerer family and employees of Voss Manufacturing, celebrating 50 years in business!  This family run manufacturer was recently featured in a Niagara Gazette news article.  Read the full text here. Voss Manufacturing an industry leader in Fin Machinery and Heat Transfer related tooling and machinery.