Free prom dress distribution dates at Confer Plastics for 2018

If you know of a young lady in the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda area who might find it difficult to attend the prom or a ball because of costs, please share this with her and her family…. The Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport runs a chapter of Becca’s Closet at our facility and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses — and accessories — to distribute at NO COST to girls in need in the area who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to attend their prom. Our dear friend Paula Travis hosts fittings and distributions at the Confer Plastics warehouse facility at 2107 Liberty Drive in Wheatfield (Niagara Falls maildrop). You will find the Becca’s Closet service center in the front office. Upon arrival, head to the door at the octagonal-shaped office. This year’s dates are as follows: February 24th: 11am – 7pm March 17th: 10am – 2pm April 6th: 1pm – 7pm If you would like to set-up an appointment or want more information about this chapter of Becca’s Closet, please contact Paula at ladytinny559@gmail.com or 716.471.6446. Please take advantage of this wonderful offer and the charity of Paula, her team, and their donors — it’s there for the girls, to make sure every one of them can enjoy that special...

The raffle for the Confer Classic needs your donations

On Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, Confer Plastics will be hosting the third annual Confer Classic golf tournament. This event will be held at Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport. This is a charity event and all proceeds from the Confer Classic will benefit an organization near and dear to our hearts — the Boy Scouts of America. More specifically, all funds will be directed to the Iroquois Trail Council of the BSA which serves 2,500 cub scouts, boy scouts, and explorers in eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties. Last year’s Confer Classic was a HUGE success – we collected almost $16,000 for the Boy Scouts which was invested in upgrades to the facilities at the Council’s Camp Dittmer. We are looking to better that this year and we need your help. We are looking for contributions of any size and type for the raffle that accompanies the tournament and is expertly run by Carol Genet (that raffle is also open to the general public). Any donation of gift certificates, products, and pre-fabricated gift baskets would be greatly appreciated. Please send a donation to Confer Plastics at 97 Witmer Rd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120, or we can coordinate a pick-up of the item by one of our event volunteers. If you require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact our event organizers Cliff Hoover and Frank Fedele at 716.693.2056. You can also email us at plastics@conferplastics.com. We also have a Confer Classic page on our website at conferplastics.com/golf. Any donation you can provide will help further the Boy Scout principles of using an outdoor experience to foster...

Leadership Niagara’s class of 2018 tours Confer Plastics

More than forty members of this year’s Leadership Niagara  class toured Confer Plastics on February 8th as a part of their Manufacturing Day. The participants were able to walk the factory floor and see a variety of products being made. For most, this day was their first look at the inner workings of a manufacturing environment. They also heard from our president Bob Confer who talked about leadership in organizations and in communities. This was just one stop on their full day of small business & leadership activities. They also heard from Joe Urban — who gave them a tour of Platters Chocolates and spoke about his brand of leadership. Leadership Niagara is a year-long leadership training program for adults who represent a cross section of Niagara County; including business, labor, education, the arts, religion, government, community based organizations, ethnic and minority groups.They meet for daylong sessions held each month addressing diverse, local needs. LN focuses on helping participants to enhance their understanding and recognition of what our community lacks to become a better place to live and work, followed by becoming involved and making it happen. The program provides opportunities for participants to develop their own personal leadership styles and networking opportunities. More information can be found at: http://www.leadershipniagara.com/ If your community organization would like to tour our factory send an e-mail to Bob Confer at...

Kevin O’Neill visits Confer Plastics

On Wednesday january 24th we were visited by Kevin O’Neill who worked his magic with his live remotes for WGRZ TV 2’s Daybreak morning show. In their typical high-energy way, he and cameraman Nate highlighted our products, people, and...

Visit us at the 2018 Pool and Spa Show in Atlantic City

This week we are exhibiting at the 32nd annual Atlantic City based Pool and Spa Show from January 23rd – 25th. Featured in our main booth will be our popular Curve Aboveground and Inground Step Systems, as well as our very successful 7200 Roll-Guard ladder and spa steps. We will also have a separate booth at which we will display our spa cabinets, including our brand new, attractive Vanguard line and the Restor-A-Spa kit that allows spa and hot tub owners to refurbish their weathered, beaten cabinets. Stop by booths 2443 and 2344 to say “hi” to Dennis, Bruce, Jack and our sales reps. For more information about the show, run by the Northeast Pool Spa Association, visit the NEPSA website at:...

CPI celebrates 45 years!

Today is the 45th anniversary of the founding of Confer Plastics.   It all started when the late Ray Confer took a job with Norton Laboratories in Lockport where he dabbled in plastics chemistry and product design during what were the formative years of the plastics industry. There, he caught the plastics bug and wanted to do more.   So, in the mid-1960’s Ray put down his savings – and leveraged his home and farm – towards the purchase of plastics molding equipment. Renting space behind a small machine shop in North Tonawanda, he and his business partner, Pete Schurman, created a small company called Air Mold where they further developed blow molding technologies. A few years later, Ray opened another firm, Air Lock Plastics in Tonawanda, and brought on a couple of associates/investors.   In the early 1970’s Ray decided to go out on his own. Well, actually he was forced out – his two new partners at Air Lock voted him out and said “take your little machine and leave”. (That little machine is #1, which we still have today. Air Lock? They went out of business in the late 1990s)   So, Ray and Doug Confer founded Confer Plastics, Inc. on January 22nd, 1973 with the promise of it being a family business with no outside partners to ruin it like outside partners ruined Ray’s Airlock experience.   From 1973 to 1986 the company could be found off East Ave in North Tonawanda in the Roblin Steel complex. In 1986 we moved to our current location. Since then, we’ve expanded that manufacturing complex on three occasions,...

A look at our Twenty Year Club

Our 45th anniversary is just a few days away. There are some folks who had or have spent a lot of time with us. Here’s our coveted Twenty Year Club… Ray Confer Doug Confer (active – 45 years) Kathy Armol (active – 43 years) Sue Mehall Pat Bassler Theresa Fronczak Carol Confer Leon Majka (active – 38 years) Artie Kisloski John Schneider, Sr. (active – 35 years) Vicki Mikosz (active – 35 years) Dennis Lederhouse (active – 32 years) Doug Kittinger Dave Gray (active – 30 years) Kurt Bemisderfer (active – 30 years) Joe Dellavalle Bob Cole (active – 29 years) Charlie Hohman Dave Bottom Jean Gray (active – 27 years) Orie Cornett (active – 27 years) Jim Miller (active – 27 years) Annette Forsey Pete Miller (active – 26 years) Mike Smith (active – 25 years) Dan Wilkins Dave Lipniarski (active – 24 years) Bob Confer (active – 24 years) Gilbert Lorenzo (active – 22 years) Ronnie Jackson (active – 22...

Attention those impacted by The Plastics Group closure

Last week, it was announced that The Plastics Group in Fremont, Ohio will be closing soon. We encourage TPG’s set-up technicians and process technicians impacted by that closure to apply with us. We have an exciting, flexible, one-of-a-kind work environment with 19 blow molding machines ranging in shot size from 1 to 145 pounds. You can apply by sending your resume to plastics@conferplastics.com or mailing it to us at 97 Witmer Road, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120. An experienced background in the technical or set-up side of blow molded plastics is REQUIRED, and we will look favorably upon one that also consists of any or all of the following skills and trades: mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic. Salary is based upon experience. We will also provide financial assistance for your move from the Fremont area to the Niagara Falls area. This is a direct hire position. To learn more about what we do, peruse our website,...

Weather notice for January 2, 2018

The weather is pretty dicey today (Tuesday, January 2nd) in some parts of WNY. High winds coupled with a lake squall band that runs from Buffalo to Batavia have just forced the Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning that runs till 1:00 AM for Northern Erie County. So, if you live in Erie County locales such as Buffalo or Williamsville, don’t come in unless you really want to. It will count as an excused absence. Anyone coming from Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and other Niagara County locales don’t face such conditions (although it is windy), so it’s still a regular work day right now (but that can change if the weather does). If you are an Erie County resident who misses work today and you choose to work Saturday, it will still count as OT pay if you missed today because of the...

2017 year in review

Here’s a quick recap of what happened at Confer Plastics over the course of 2017 (downloadable as a PDF): 2017 year in review sheet Thank you to everyone — coworkers, customers, vendors — who helped in their way to make 2017 a great year for the...

Christmas hours 2017

Confer Plastics will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas. We hope everyone has a merry Christmas — savor the time spent with family.

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...