Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

U.S. Manufacturing Flat in February

According to the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly survey of national manufacturing activity, February’s PMI registered 50.1, down -0.8 points from January, but the second positive reading in a row after five months below 50.0 (a reading below 50.0 indicates contraction).  Improved Backlog (50.3 up +4.6 points) and Supplier Delivers (57.3 up +4.4 points) were

A New Future is Brewing

This month the staff of Insyte Consulting celebrated the retirement of our Senior Consultant, Robert Kosobucki.  Bob K. plans to continue his work with the U. B. entrepreneurial community and also teach a senior-level beer brewing class this fall for U. B.’s Chemical Engineering Department. Congratulations, Bob – may your retirement be filled with many

NYS Manufacturing Jumps

Statewide manufacturing activity “grew at a faster pace than in recent months” according to the NY Federal Reserve’s February Empire State Manufacturing Survey.  The General Business Conditions index rose to 12.9, up 8.1 points from January, its highest reading since last July.  In particular, New Orders (+15.5 to 22.1), Shipments (+10.3 to 18.9), Delivery Times

Manufacturing Leaders Among WNY’s Most Influential People

Congrats to our president Ben Rand, board member Stephen Tucker, and all of the other manufacturing leaders on Business First’s Power 250 list this year. It is good to see our industry so well represented! See the list here.

WNY Manufacturing Well-Represented at Power Breakfast

Manufacturing took center stage at the Business First Power Breakfast this morning – big thank you to the panel of experts who discussed the successes and challenges facing WNY manufacturers. Joe Abramo, CEO of Buffalo Wire Works Nadine Hartrich, Operations Manager of Buffalo Manufacturing Works Joseph McNamara, Owner of Ttarp Co. Gary Moore, Business Director at

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

Walking in our Neighborhood

Just across the street from our office at the Northland Central complex is the new Albright-Knox Northland, which opened in mid-January.  We walked over there last Friday, 612 Northland Avenue, to see the building and the new exhibits. The building is a reconverted factory  and is open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, while the Albright-Knox on

Focus on People

A couple years ago I heard a quote that “Lean is 80% social and 20% technical”. This resonated with me as it supported my experiences that when employees are actively engaged in a lean improvement effort the improvements tend to be highly successful. Recently several articles were published in lean-focused publications that described examples of

Identify and Control Environmental Risks in Your Operations – Workshop Feb. 26th

Join the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and Insyte Consulting on Wednesday, February 26th to learn about the necessary elements for an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Also learn to identify and control environmental risks in your operations. Organizations that implement ISO 14001 reduce energy usage and waste generation, contribute to environmental

Manufacturing Turns Positive in January

U.S. manufacturing activity expanded for the first time in six months according to the closely-watched PMI numbers published by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).  The index climbed +3.1 points to 50.9 in January, just above its 12-month rolling average of 50.8, but its first reading above 50 since July 2019 (a reading above 50.0