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The diversity of the workforce at Confer Plastics

We recently had over 40 members of Leadership Niagara tour the plant and quite a few of the attendees had mentioned how impressed they were at the diversity of our workplace.

How diverse are we?

We currently employ 193 people. Of them, 64 (33% — or a third — of the workforce) are considered minorities. Our team consists of 2 of Middle Eastern decent (1%), 7 Hispanics (4%), 25 African Americans (13%), and 30 Asians (16%).

Those numbers are in stark contrast to the general make-up of the community. Niagara County’s overall minority rate is 11.4%. If you narrow that down to the City of North Tonawanda where our factory is, the overall minority rate is only 3.5%.

Our diversity rate is very high – and we were one of the first employers in the city to really break the color barrier — but, it’s something we’ve never really focused on or were purposeful about. Our view has always been that people are people; it doesn’t matter what their skin tones or socioeconomic backgrounds might be. It’s what’s inside that counts.