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.  

Congratulations to Jamestown, NY Manufacturer – Artone LLC

Congratulations to Jamestown, NY manufacturer Artone LLC – for receiving the finalist award for Best of BDNY Product Design Competition in the furniture category out of 50 other competitors. See the full article from the Jamestown Post Journal here.  

#TBT – Through the Lens: WNY’s Industrial Past – Curtiss-Wright Plant #2

Our Throwback Thursday Blog from last December describes how Buffalo-made aircraft figured in the Pearl Harbor debacle… On December 7, 1941…P-40 fighter planes built in Buffalo defended Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attacks.  This picture shows Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Plant #2, a 1.5 million ft2 factory built in 1940-1941 on the site of the present Buffalo-Niagara

Made in WNY: Buffalo Holiday Memories!

If you were a child in the 50s or 60s you might remember Gurley holiday candles decorating your house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buffalo’s Gurley Novelty Company started in 1939 as part of candlemaker Franklin Gurley’s W&F Manufacturing Company Inc. A large oil company commissioned W&F Manufacturing to reuse excess paraffin produced as a by-product

November Good for U.S. Manufacturing

The Institute for Supply Management’s November PMI, a closely-watched indicator of national manufacturing strength, registered 58.2 in November indicating growth for the 15th consecutive month (a reading above 50 indicates growth).  Although the PMI eased 0.5 points from October, it was still above the averages for the last 12 months and 2017.  Production was up

Angel Investors Know Jack

Insyte’s Jack McGowan was featured on a recent 43North Podcast episode. Jack helps technology start-ups prepare for equity and grant funding. He is director of the Western New York Venture Association and the Buffalo Angels. Listen to the link below as he discusses angel investing, the growth of the WNY start-up community, and the opportunity for high

NYS Manufacturers’ Optimism Grows

The Federal Reserve Bank’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for November indicated strong growth at 19.4, albeit less frothy than October’s multi-year high of 30.2 (any reading above zero indicates expansion).  In particular, New Orders rose to 20.7 and Shipments came in at 18.4, down from 27.5 in October. The Future Conditions Index measuring expectations six

In Memoriam – Herbert P. Ladds, Jr.

Our sympathies to the family of Herbert P. Ladds, Jr. who served as a dedicated member of the Insyte Consulting (formerly Western New York Technology Development Center, Inc.) Board of Directors from 1991-2002. His full obituary from the Buffalo News can be found here.