Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

Reopen WNY: The New Office Environment

Changes in the workplace are happening at unprecedented speeds.  With an estimated 60+% of employed Americans working from home during the pandemic, the latest wave of change surrounds getting these people safely back to the office.  The question on everyone’s mind is: How many of these recent changes will be permanent and what will the

Reopen WNY: Covid-19 Visual Controls

I remember not long ago my first time to a supermarket during the pandemic.  My wife had done all of the shopping to that point and I was nervous about making sure I was doing all the right things.  I was aware of the new supermarket protocols but within the first 2 minutes, I had

Reopen WNY: Getting Started Within New Guidelines

Recently we received the long awaited announcement that manufacturers within WNY are now allowed to reopen. Along with this good news, there are some required constraints to protect against the spread of COVID-19. These constraints are in the areas of: Physical Distancing Workplace Activity Movement Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hygiene & Cleaning Communication Testing Contact Tracing

Evaluating Your QMS Risk Management Plan – Pandemic Considerations

Companies who have ISO based certified Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9000, AS 9100 or IATF 13949 have analyzed the risks and opportunities associated with their businesses as part of the requirements for those standards. These same organizations need to ask themselves what the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed as far as their risks and

WNY to Re-Open Tomorrow

On Monday, May 18th at his daily press briefing, held in Buffalo, Governor Cuomo announced that Western New York had met the criteria for Phase I re-opening starting on Tuesday, May 19th.  That means that manufacturing and construction business can begin to re-open once they have  plans in place to re-open safely.  See more here.

Pain Continues for NY Manufacturing

The sharp downturn in State manufacturing due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 continued in May according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey, even as optimism grew about the future.  Over 60% of manufacturers reported that conditions were worse in May than in April.  Still the general business conditions index rebounded 29.7 points

NY Forward Publishes Reopening Guidelines

NYS released its interim guidance for reopening manufacturing in regions that have met Gov. Cuomo’s metrics.  These materials were designed “to provide owners/operators of manufacturing sites … with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 as manufacturing sites reopen.”  These guidelines are “minimum requirements only” and are “based on the best-known public health

A Strong Return for US Manufacturing

There may be a silver lining, from a US perspective, of the challenges we are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a growing intention on the part of companies to bring many of the supply chain sources back to the US. This reshoring initiative, already occurring before the pandemic, is likely to increase

Returning to Work – Layout Rearrangement

As manufacturers return to work, one key recommendation is to provide a safe working environment for all of their workers. One of the ways to continue to promote current social distancing guidelines is to ensure that: Employees are at least six feet apart Workers are not face-to-face Based on the current office and shop floor layout,

Western New York Venture Association Forums Continue in Spite of COVID-19

Through snowstorms, stock market crashes and great recessions, the Western New York Venture Association has run its regular schedule of five venture forums per year for more than a quarter century.  It’s not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic stop that streak now. The WNYVA will conduct its next meeting digitally on Wednesday, May 13