Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

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

Manufacturing Uptrend Continues Nationally

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) just released their PMI Index indicating that U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, although at a marginally slower rate than last month.  The PMI registered 55.4, down -0.6  points from 56.0 in August (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  Of the 18 manufacturing sectors tracked by ISM, 14 showed growth

Succession Planning – Virtual Workshop – Oct. 6th

WORKSHOP – VIRTUAL PRESENTATION WHAT DOES SUCCESSION LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? Practical and interactive workshop in which participants will learn about the Six Step Process on how to start preparing for succession planning. Tuesday, October 6th – 8:30 AM-10:00 AM (WebEx link to be forwarded prior to workshop) COST $49 per person Registration is limited to manufacturers REGISTER

Manufacturing Up in NYS

The NY Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that NYS manufacturing activity grew “significantly” in September, the third month in a row of expansion.  The survey registered 17.0, up 13.3 points from last month (a reading above 0.0 is consistent with expansion).  New Orders led the way, moving from contraction in August to growth

New York MEP launches Personal Protection Equipment Assistance

Need help sourcing PPE? Do you currently or are you considering producing PPE? The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NYMEP), as part of its COVID Recovery Initiative, has announced a Personal Protection Equipment Assistance initiative, to help manufacturers state-wide to access supplies of PPE such as masks, gloves, gowns, respirators and sanitizer. This program aims to

U.S. Manufacturing Improves

The Institute for Supply Management’s closely-watched PMI Index exceeded expectations by increasing 1.8 points to 56.0 in August, its highest reading since January 2019, indicating that national manufacturing continued to expand for the third month in a row (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  The Index was led higher by New Orders (+6.1 points to

“Did I do a Good Job Today”?

“So, how was your day today”? If that’s a question you are asked as you arrive home from work, how do you respond? The great majority of manufacturing workers (both shop floor and office), that I interact with on a daily basis, want to do a good job and earn their pay for the day.