Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

American Manufacturing Recovery Continues

The Institute for Supply Management’s closely watched PMI Index published today indicated continued expansion in U.S. manufacturing.  The PMI registered 57.5, down -1.8 from last month, but still the second-highest level in two years (a reading over 50 indicates growth).  According to ISM, “manufacturing performed well for the sixth straight month, with demand, consumption and

The Kata Improvement Model – A Four-Step method to guide management and employees during their continuous improvement journey.

The Kata Improvement Model can serve as the foundation for your manufacturing employees to build the scientific thinking and lean skill sets they need to navigate a crisis. In this Quality Digest feature, continuous improvement expert Sarah Burlingame of Train, Develop, Optimize (TDO, one of Insyte Consulting’s sister organizations in the New York MEP network)

NYS Manufacturing Flat

The NY Federal Reserve’s November Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicated NYS manufacturing activity was little changed from the previous month.  The general business conditions index was 6.3, down -4.2 points (a reading above 0.0 indicates expansion).  But manufacturers in NY remained optimistic about the near-term future, pushing the six-month future business conditions index to 33.9,

Thomas COVID-19 Response System for New York State PPE Suppliers

The New York MEP has partnered with Thomas to increase NYS-based manufacturers and suppliers’ visibility through the Thomas COVID-19 Response Supplier program. NYS PPE Manufacturer/Suppliers have an opportunity to be part of the free program by completing the following form. The webinar below designed to further introduce the benefits of joining Thomas to our local PPE manufacturers. Tuesday,

U.S. Manufacturing Highest in Over 2 Years

  The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index for October was 59.3, up 3.9 points from the previous month, the highest reading since September 2018 (a reading above 50 indicates expansion).  New Orders, Production, Supplier Deliveries and Prices were all north of 60.0 with 15 of 18 manufacturing sectors reporting growth.  See the full report

Ripley Machine’s Progress During Pandemic Featured in NTMA Publication

An interview with Ripley Machine’s owner and president Andy Reinwald was featured in the September 2020 issue of “The Record” published by the National Tooling and Machining Association.  In the interview, Andy discusses how Ripley Machine is productively using time during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet customer needs, redo some aspects of its quality management

Erie County Back to Business Grant Program is Now Accepting Applications until November 2

Erie County Back to Business is a small business relief program targeting those that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The effort consists of a grant program, buy local advertising campaign, and business promotions designed to provide direct financial aid and customer outreach support to local small businesses, with a focus on those

Buffalo Games: America’s Largest Puzzle Maker

See how Insyte’s client Buffalo Games’ business has handled its explosive growth in the wake of the COVID pandemic in this video from National Public Radio.  Congratulations to Nagendra Raina, CEO, David Rice, Manufacturing Director and John Bell, Director of Product Development!

State Manufacturing Growth Slows

The NY Federal Reserve’s October Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that growth for NYS manufacturers eased over the last month, falling -6.5 points to 10.5 (a reading above 0 indicates expansion).  New Orders, Shipments and Average Employee Workweek were all up, while Unfilled Orders and Inventories were down.  The future outlook six months from now

Workshop, October 21st: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Bootcamp

WORKSHOP – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Bootcamp Overview of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) including insight on how to comply with CMMC, different levels & key dates to be aware of, and how you can best prepare your organization for the numerous requirements. Wednesday, October 21st – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM  COST $40 per person