National Manufacturing Up in October

The Institute for Supply Management’s October PMI came in at 58.7 indicating that manufacturing activity increased, despite a 2.1 point drop from the thirteen-year high of 60.8 registered in September (a score above 50 indicates growth).  New Orders, Production, Backlog and Employment all grew in October, albeit at a slower rate than in September, while

Buffalo Companies Talk NAFTA on NPR

Buffalo businesses were highlighted in a national radio program this past Sunday. In the report on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday several Buffalo companies were interviewed regarding possible changes to NAFTA, and the serious consequences those changes could pose to their businesses.  John Manzella, President & CEO of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara summed up

Manufacturing Youth Movement

Sunday’s Buffalo News featured Heather & Ricky Turner, the thirtysomething owners of Blackstone Advanced Technology in Jamestown.  They’re great examples of a growing youth movement in manufacturing.  A new generation of young manufacturers is beginning to emerge across WNY, including: Allie Bendiak and Ben Whiting of Whiting Door; Jason Cordova of Finger Food Products; Steve

Made in WNY – 145th Birthday of a WNY Innovator

  Labor Day 2017 marked the 145th anniversary of Charles Peter Dahlstrom’s birth in Gotland, Sweden.  It is a date worthy of celebration in Jamestown, New York where Dahlstrom’s innovations spawned a major manufacturer and a legacy that continues to this day.  Dahlstrom was educated in Stockholm and was ultimately trained as a tool &

NYS Manufacturing Accelerates

The general business conditions index of the Empire State Manufacturing Survey climbed to 30.2, up 5.8 points from last month, indicating “robust” growth in NYS manufacturing.  The Index has not been higher since October 2009 when it hit 33.3.  The future conditions index was also up to 44.8, but had been as high as 49.7

Congratulations Jeff Cummings & Dynabrade, Inc.

Jeff Cummings receives the $500 prize for winning Insyte Consulting’s Cool Manufacturing Photo Contest celebrating National Manufacturing Day.  Great shot Jeff & congratulations!    

Cool Manufacturing Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Jeff Cummings for his award-winning photo of weld removal with Dynabrade’s new Rebel Class Sander, designed and manufactured in Clarence, N.Y.  Jeff will receive $500 and have his photo published in an Insyte Consulting ad in Buffalo Business First! Insyte would like to thank everyone who entered the Cool Manufacturing Photo Contest. We

Succession Planning for Family Businesses Workshop

Join us on October 27th for a practical and interactive workshop in which participants will learn about and develop an initial transition and succession plan for their business. Click here to register

NYS Manufacturing Stays Strong in September

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey’s general business conditions index registered 24.4 in September, down 0.8 from a three-year high in August, but still indicating strong growth.  The index has been trending upward since the beginning of 2016.  New Orders, Shipments, Unfilled Orders and Delivery Time were among the seven constituent indicators that improved in September. 

What You Don’t Know May Hurt Your Business

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are two important United States export controls that affect the manufacture, sale, and distribution of certain technologies. These controls seek to limit access to specific types of technology and the associated data to prevent sensitive information from reaching a foreign national. Violations