Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

Experts Weigh in on the State of Manufacturing in WNY

By Dan Miner  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First Getting answers and help for your manufacturing operation are truly a phone call away. Three local experts explain what’s available for companies in Western New York. Listen to Ben Rand, president of Insyte Consulting; John Cappellino, president and CEO of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency; and Dr. Alan Rae, director of the

NYS Manufacturing: V-shaped Covid Recovery?

The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for July showed increasing activity across NYS.  The general conditions index was up +17.2 points to 17.4, its first trip above zero since February (a reading above 0.0 indicates expansion), led by increases in Shipments and New Orders.  However the six-month outlook softened in July as

Webinar: Learn how the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) Grant Could Help your Business.

Please join Insyte Consulting at the following partner event: Webinar: Learn how the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) grant could help your business. DATE: Jul 09 2020 TIME: 10:30 am – 11:30 am COST: No Cost – registration is required Has your business been impacted by foreign competition? If so, join us to learn more about the Trade

Re-Opening Rebound for US Manufacturing

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index indicates national manufacturing returned to growth in June after three consecutive months of contraction brought on by the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.  The improvement is consistent with the re-opening underway in most states during the month, but does not reflect the potential impact of recent spikes in infection and hospitalization

Innovative Northland Workforce Training Center takes National Stage

  Northland Workforce Training Center Selected to Join New Project to Advance Racial Equity in Manufacturing Buffalo, New York-based Northland Workforce Training Center will join a cohort of 8 leading workforce organizations to advance a racially inclusive future for manufacturing as the economy recovers Buffalo NY—Northland Workforce Training Center announced today that it will join

Export Compliance is Key to Avoiding Costly Fines and Penalties

Imagine a government agent contacting your company and asking to see a copy of your International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) or export compliance manual. What do you say? What do you do? Believe it or not, this scenario happens more often than you think. With more than 100,000 words in the ITAR publication, and

Valuable laboratory, clean room, production and business assets are seeking a new home.

Valuable laboratory, clean room, production and business assets are seeking a new home. Unfortunately, our long-time friend ENrG, Inc. recently decided to close its operations.  ENrG developed and manufactured flexible ceramic materials and has an impressive array of valuable laboratory, clean room, manufacturing and office equipment.  Items specific to production of ceramic films include casting

Reopen WNY – Minimum Hardware for Video Conferencing

Many small companies have never had the need for video conferencing tools but are now finding themselves in situations that require them to have this capability.  Software applications like Zoom or Microsoft Teams make this process very easy but they require your PC or laptop to have a video camera and microphone. Most cell phones

NYS Manufacturing Stabilizes

The NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicated that statewide manufacturing “activity held steady in June after deteriorating sharply over the prior two months.”  The index climbed +48.3 points, its largest-ever one-month increase, to -0.2 (a reading above 0.0 is consistent with expansion).  The rebound was led by Shipments (up +42.3 to +3.3) and

Reopen WNY: Workplace Activity – Returning to Productivity

As manufacturers continue their reopening efforts, there will undoubtedly be struggles and problems. The following guidelines may help as you learn to overcome these obstacles and improve the performance of workplace activities. Work activities are likely to move at a slower pace; accept that and learn from observation. Realize and accept there will be a