WNY Loses Two Role Models – Who Will Step Up?

On opposite pages of the March 8, 2019 edition of The Buffalo News are compelling obituaries of two significant contributors to the Western New York scientific and startup community – Dr. Robert Baier and Dr. Robert Genco.  The parallels between the two Bobs are striking.  Both were born in Western New York on Halloween, one

Slower Growth for US Manufacturing

According to the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index, the manufacturing sector grew at its slowest rate in over two years in February.  The PMI fell 2.4 points to 54.2 from 56.6, led by Production (-5.7), Employment (-3.2), New Orders (-2.7) and Supplier Deliveries (-1.3).  Positive signs included a slight acceleration in New Export Orders 

Taste of WNY Moves Across America

Sahlen’s Striving to Become Nation’s Top Dog More and more WNY transplants across the nation are able to get a food fix from an iconic Western New York food, Sahlen’s hot dogs.  The March 1, 2019 Buffalo News featured a story Made in WNY; Sahlen’s hot dogs which highlighted Sahlen’s successful distribution into other states

NYS Manufacturing Bounces Back

After its largest drop in over three years, the NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey general business conditions index rose 4.9 points to 8.8, recovering two thirds of last month’s loss (a reading above zero indicates expansion).  New Orders turned up for the first time in the last four months as did Unfilled Orders,

Succession Planning Isn’t Hard, But it’s Extremely Important; So Why Aren’t You Doing It?

  Running your business is hard work, and no one knows that better than you! There’s no denying that most successful business owners became successful because they stayed focused and kept their eye on the ball. It is not difficult to appreciate how little time you have, if any, to think about, plan for, and

U.S. Manufacturing Rebounds in January

The January PMI Index from the Institute for Supply Management rose 2.3 points to 56.6 after shedding 5 points in December (a reading above 50 indicates expansion). New Orders were up 6.9 points for January to 58.2 after falling 11.0 points in December.  Production was up 6.4 points to 60.5 while Prices fell 5.3 points

People Matter…Honoring a Successful CEO

The passing of Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and the articles memorializing him is a good reminder that the success of an organization is inexorably linked with the people who make up the organization. Caring for employees is a major tenet of a successful company. People matter. “The key to Kelleher’s success was

NYS Manufacturing Mirrors National Drop-off

The New York Federal Reserve’s January Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell 7.6 points from last month to 3.9, mirroring a sharp drop in the latest national PMI Index from the Institute for Supply Management and global index from IHS Markit.  The index was still positive, indicating that manufacturing “grew slightly,” according to the Empire State

Tactics to Increase Efficiency on the Manufacturing Floor

One of our roles at Insyte Consulting is to help raise the competitiveness of Western New York manufacturers.  In the spirit of doing so, we will occasionally bring articles your attention which may be useful in the management of your business. Below is a link (click on photo) to an article which appeared in Manufacturing.net,

American Manufacturing Stumbles in December

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index, a closely watched indicator of manufacturing activity nationwide, fell 5.2 points in December, its largest drop in over 10 years.  The PMI Index now stands at 54.1, its lowest level in two years, down 7.3 points since August when it reached a 14-year high of 61.3.  A reading