For our coworkers: 2018 holidays and shutdown week

FOR OUR COWORKERS: 2018 holidays and shutdown week Many of you now have 2018 calendars, so it’s a good time to mark our days off through the year. You will notice that there are 3 extra paid holidays in 2018 due to when the standard, accompanying holidays fall in the work week. Monday, January 1st: New Year’s Friday, March 30th: Good Friday Monday, May 28th: Memorial Day Monday, July 2nd through Wednesday, July 4th: The 3rd and 4th are paid holidays in 2018 (usually, it’s just the 4th). The 2nd is not and that is because Saturday, July 7th will be mandatory so there are 3 days of production that week (which would give you a 5-day paycheck). It is not feasible to open the plant for just 1 or 2 days at a time, hence the need for that Saturday Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st: The annual plant shutdown and maintenance week. Your vacation time will already be pre-scheduled for this week Monday, September 3rd: Labor Day Monday, November 12th: Veteran’s Day – FOR VETERANS ONLY Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd: Thanksgiving Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th: Christmas Eve and Christmas (the former being an extra paid holiday in 2018) Monday, December 31st: New Year’s Eve (an extra paid...

Toy drive to benefit veterans’ families

Warrior House is an organization that benefits veterans and their families. It was started by reclaiming an abandoned property in Shelby in Orleans County and restoring the house to host disabled veterans for various hunts throughout the year.  Volunteers completely refurbished the house and groomed the property. The purpose was to give vets a sense of community by allowing them to participate in outdoor activities in which they would be unable to embark on their own.  They have expanded the program to assist local veteran families in need for the holidays as well. Their next event will be a Christmas offering through which the organization provides a Christmas meal and gifts for children to veteran families that did not have extra money to spend on Christmas. Last year they served 17 families at Christmas and would like to do more than that this year. As we did last year, we will be running a toy drive at the plant to support those families. Organizers will be collecting donations and Sarah from Adecco assist with will all of the packing and distribution.  If you can, donate a new unwrapped children’s toy no later than Tuesday, December 12th. The drop box will be located outside of the foremen’s office. Sarah will pick up the box on Wednesday the 13th. To learn more about Warrior House, visit warriorhouseWNY on...

CPI supports Junior Achievement’s Stock Market Challenge

Junior Achievement of Western New York (JAWNY) empowers young people to own their economic success. JAWNY’s volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. Confer Plastics has been a supporter of JAWNY and this year we were one of the sponsors for their famed Stock Market Challenge, Western New York’s only live stock market simulation teaching young people the ins and outs of finance and investing. Learn more about the Challenge that took place on November 16th here:...

Third shift work schedule for Thanksgiving week

Just a reminder to our coworkers on 3rd shift: Next week’s workweek will begin on Sunday, November 19th at 11:00 PM. This allows your workweek to end at 7:25 AM Wednesday and NOT on the morning of Thanksgiving so you can enjoy the holiday with your family.

Meet our second shift veterans

We like to think that we do Veterans Day the right way at Confer Plastics.To recognize the folks who DESERVE to have Veterans Day off, only Confer Plastics and Adecco personnel who are veterans or currently serving in the armed forces are receiving this Friday off and the holiday pay that comes with it. The rest of the workforce will be working. We do this to recognize the men and women who risked life, limb, and livelihood to ensure that we all have the freedoms that we enjoy. These individuals will be made conspicuous by their absence at the plant, which will really hammer home the value that these folks have to our company AND our country. The gentlemen on our second shift who were members of our armed forces are Pat Neubauer, Jack Johnpier, Orie Cornett, Brian Bimber and Joe Ciszek (missing from this photo is Nathan Capton). We thank this band of brothers for keeping America — and the world —...

Meet our third shift veterans

We like to think that we do Veterans Day the right way at Confer Plastics.To recognize the folks who DESERVE to have Veterans Day off, only Confer Plastics and Adecco personnel who are veterans or currently serving in the armed forces are receiving this Friday off and the holiday pay that comes with it. The rest of the workforce will be working. We do this to recognize the men and women who risked life, limb, and livelihood to ensure that we all have the freedoms that we enjoy. These individuals will be made conspicuous by their absence at the plant, which will really hammer home the value that these folks have to our company AND our country. The gentlemen on our third shift who were members of our armed forces are Fred Greene and Stan Knight. We thank Fred and Stan for keeping America — and the world —...

Confer Plastics rises in Plastics News rankings

This week, Plastics News — the industry’s go-to weekly magazine — released their annual ranking of North American blow molders. Their analysis includes bottle makers as well as large-parts blow molders like us. Confer Plastics is now ranked as the 48th largest blow molder on the continent. Last year, we came in at 50th place. Four years ago at this time we were the 64th largest. Check out the database and rankings here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/blow-molders We are very pleased with the ranking as most all of the plants ahead of us on the list are high-volume bottle and automotive manufacturers. In our niche, we remain among the handful of large-parts blow molders in the top 50. Thank you to our coworkers, customers and vendors who make this all...

Meet our first shift veterans

We like to think that we do Veterans Day the right way at Confer Plastics.To recognize the folks who DESERVE to have Veterans Day off, only Confer Plastics and Adecco personnel who are veterans or currently serving in the armed forces are receiving this Friday off and the holiday pay that comes with it. The rest of the workforce will be working. We do this to recognize the men and women who risked life, limb, and livelihood to ensure that we all have the freedoms that we enjoy. These individuals will be made conspicuous by their absence at the plant, which will really hammer home the value that these folks have to our company AND our country. The gentlemen on our first shift who were members of our armed forces are Carl, Cliff, Gary and Larry. We thank them for keeping America — and the world —...

Proudly introducing the new Vanguard series of spa cabinets

Today is a big day for Confer Plastics and the spa industry. At the International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo, which begins today, we are launching a new spa cabinet series. These panels are sure to shake up the industry. We and other cabinetmakers have been producing panels for years that have a wood grain look, others might have a stone facade. It’s time for a new look in the marketplace and we proudly present our new Vanguard series of panels. The standard Vanguard panel has an intricate bead-like appearance across each section. The mold allows for the use of inserts that can incorporate different “images” like palm trees, vines, water, corporate logos — virtually anything — to be molded-in which breaks up the look of a hot tub. Manufacturers will also like that the panel has a built in access panel feature — every panel can be made to allow access to the inside with ease! If you are at the show, visit booth 1360 to see the panels. If you couldn’t make it to the show, please reach out to our VP of sales, Dennis Lederhouse at...

Confer Plastics is a drop-off site for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

When people donate food to food pantries, usually it’s canned goods that kids all too often aren’t much interested in eating. That’s why Pete Robinson of Lockport founded the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive in 2010: He wanted to provide local needy families with foods that kids enjoy. This year’s PB&J Drive begins November 1st and goes till December 10th with donation bins for unopened jars of peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow Fluff being set up all over the Niagara Frontier. We are a drop-off site for North Tonawanda. The blue drop-off bin is just inside the front door of our office. If you stop by after our standard business hours, please place the jars on the office’s “front porch” (they’ll be protected from the elements there) and we will put them in the bin in the...

CPI donates bins to Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

When you give to this year’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (which has collection sites all across Niagara County), many of the collection bins were proudly made in North Tonawanda! We are donating 120 bins to the Drive. We made them last week and are doing assembly on them today. PB&J Drive volunteers will place them throughout the region in the coming...

Visit us at the 2017 Pool, Spa, Patio Expo!

One of the biggest events for the pool and spa industry — the International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo — is next week. It will be held from Wednesday, November 1st through Friday, November 3rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. The team from Confer Plastics will be displaying our pool ladder/steps and spa steps at booth 1255. We will also be showing off our complete line of spa cabinetry for spa OEMs at booth 1360. Stop by and visit with Dennis, Bruce, Jack, and our sales reps. You will be really excited by the new spa panels that we will be introducing at the show. We think they will be the talk of the...