NYS Manufacturing Climbs in August

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicated “robust” activity for August with the index up 3.0 points to 25.6 and once again approaching the October 2017 multi-year high of 30.2.  Shipments, Unfilled Orders, Delivery Times, Inventories and Prices Paid were all up compared to last month, although New Orders fell

Finger Food Products, Inc. Achieves Highest Food Quality Certification

Congratulations to Niagara Falls, NY food manufacturer – Finger Food Products, Inc., the maker of the Original Pizza Logs® and Original Apple Pie Logs®, for achieving certification to the new SQF 8 Quality Standard.   SQF is the food safety and quality management certification system designed specifically for the food industry.   SQF provides independent certification that

U.S. Manufacturing Grows in July

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index for July showed continued expansion in manufacturing, although the rate of growth eased.  July’s PMI is 58.1, a decrease of 2.1 points from June’s 60.2 (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  Of the 18 manufacturing sectors ISM tracks, only Primary Metals reported contraction in July.  Anecdotal feedback from

Special Spaces Creates Dream Bedroom for Teenage Firefighter

Special Spaces works with children with life-threatening medical conditions to create dream bedrooms where they can heal, recover, and find peace. Insyte’s Tom Quinn and his wife volunteer with the WNY chapter.  On Saturday, the group created a dream bedroom for Cheektowaga’s Timmy Richardson who wants pursue a fire fighting career. Good luck Timmy, we

Roundabouts & Lean: Let the Discussion Continue

Apparently the article on the roundabouts and the correlation to the continuous flow belief of lean manufacturing, started some discussion. As a follow up, I was told that Carmel, Indiana has been incorporating roundabouts into their traffic designs and the results of decreased accidents have been significant. So after some quick research (Google); I came

NYS Manufacturing Grows a Little Less

The NY Fed’s July 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates continued expansion for state manufacturers, albeit at a slightly slower rate than June.  The Business Conditions Index came in at 22.6, down 2.4 points, “still a high level, suggesting a continuation of robust growth,” according to the NY Fed.  Prices Paid fell 10.0 points to

National Manufacturing Strong in June

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) PMI® Index was up 1.5 points to 60.2 in June indicating strong growth in manufacturing (a reading above 50.0 signals expansion).  None of the 18 manufacturing sectors surveyed by ISM reported a decrease in activity in June.  According to ISM, “The past relationship between the PMI® and the overall

Why Roundabouts Work, The Lean Perspective

Driving around Western New York, going to various clients, I’ve come across more intersections that were once 4-way stops or had stop lights, that have been replaced by roundabouts. The first time I came across a roundabout was while driving for the first time in England. Not only was I driving on the opposite side

Strong May for Local Manufacturers

The Buffalo-Niagara Manufacturing Index rose to 75.0 in May, an increase of over 11 points from April, indicating accelerating growth (values over 50 indicate expansion). The May Index was the third-highest reading in at least 2.5 years and continues a gradual uptrend since August 2016 that has kept the Buffalo-Niagara Index consistently higher than the

Made in WNY: Buffalo’s Own George Schultz and the Thomas Flyer Captured the 1908 Great Race

2018 marks the 110th anniversary of the Great Race won by Buffalo’s own Thomas Flyer automobile, representing the United States. Buffalo will host the start of the 2018 version of the Great Race this Saturday, June 23.  The 1908 race was the first and only around-the-world automobile race.  The race began in New York on