Thank you for donating to the Confer Classic

Dear Confer Classic supporter,   Thank you for making the third annual Confer Classic Golf Tournament a smashing success!   The 2018 numbers were extraordinary…   110 golfers 100 basket and door prizes And the biggest and best number of them all: Profits from the event were $13,600! That brings our 3-year total to more than $40,000!   When we started this fundraiser 3 years ago our goal was to raise $7,500 a year. We have exceeded that dramatically thanks to you. You might have helped our fundraising in one or many ways as a golfer, sponsor, donor of goods or services, or volunteer.   We appreciate what you did. So do the scouts who will benefit from your charitable giving.   All of the proceeds from the Confer Classic have been donated to the Iroquois Trail Council, which serves the cub scouts and boy scouts of eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming Counties in Western New York. The Council, which also operates Camp Dittmer and Camp Sam Wood, has 2,500 youth in its membership.   Know that your donations are a major investment in their future. As I mentioned in my speech at the tournament, the 5 counties we serve are quite economically depressed and many of our scouts are living in poverty. Scouting gives these boys the confidence, life skills, and knowledge of careers and leadership to help them overcome this and other obstacles in their lives. They will grow up to be the men who will turn those communities around and make our region a better place.   THANK YOU for being there for them....

Orie Cornett has retired

Orie Cornett retires from Confer Plastics today after having spent 27 years with the company. Prior to that, Orie spent 23 years with the US Army. Think about that… 50 years. 2 employers. That longevity shows his amazing commitment to the country and our company. Orie started off on our first shift in January of 1991 and within a couple of years he took the leadership skills that he mastered in the military to our 3rd shift where he worked for more than 16 years as the foreman. Since then, he had served as the manager of our regrind materials, expertly ensuring that our regrind was organized and distributed to each shift. It was a big undertaking when you consider that we buy 19 million pounds of material a year and a substantial amount becomes regrind. Orie will be missed at the plant. He always had the best interest of everyone at heart – the company, our coworkers, and our customers. He cared. Orie also had the best sayings – his collections of “Orie-isms” were creative, he was like a modern day Yogi Berra. His sayings sounded even better with his Kentucky accent. Orie is truly unique. His first day at the plant was January 9, 1991. So we can understand how long ago Orie started here, this is what happened that month… Operation Desert Storm began with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq. The heavily-televised combat phase of the Gulf War would continue for a month and half The Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Giants, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV The Russians stormed Lithuania The big winners...

Heat notice: July 5th, 2018

Note to our coworkers for Thursday, July 5th: The heat has been oppressive the past few days. Luckily, we had a 5-day weekend so we didn’t have to battle that heat in the factory. But, today, work resumes and the heat wave is still on. It is forecast to be 91 degrees and humid, and the Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this afternoon and evening. Production will still go on today, BUT you are not required to report to work — you can at your own discretion in this heat and humidity. Those who do not report to work will not be paid (unless they use a personal or vacation day) and it will count as an excused absence. You will still be eligible for holiday pay this week. Two things to know, though… If you are NOT coming in due to the heat, you MUST leave a message for your supervisor at 716.695.1023 prior to the start of your shift. Failure to do so will have your absence count as an unexcused absence and you will lose holiday pay eligibility. This applies only to 1st shift and 2nd shift. By time 3rd shift arrives, the cold front will be passing through, it will be raining, and temperatures will drop...

The 3rd annual Confer Classic was a success!

On Wednesday we had the third annual Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant in Lockport. All proceeds from this event were donated to the Iroquois Trail Council.   How much did the Boy Scouts get this year?   $13,600!!!   This was only possible with A LOT of help:   1) The Big Guy Upstairs: Somehow, despite the forecasts calling for heavy downpours, we were spared any showers, rains, and thunderstorms, even though nearby Amherst and Batavia were deluged. That’s 2 years in a row we were spared. Last year, it was the only dry day of the week!!   2) Carol Genet: Mrs. G ran a killer raffle again. The raffle alone brought in more than $6,400! It takes a lot of hard work to do what she did — she went out and looked for donations, collected the prizes, made the baskets, and professionally conducted the raffle with a small team of lovely ladies. I guarantee Mrs. G put over 100 hours of her time into this. That’s some serious care for the Boy Scouts. Love you, Mrs. G!!   3) The raffle donors and participants: There were over one hundred prizes, including an awesome shed donated by Dominick Ciliberto. Businesses and individuals from all over donated prizes and we had a bunch of raffle participants from the community stop by while we were on the course.   4) The golfers and sponsors: What would a golf tournament be without the golfers? We had 109 of them and well over a dozen sponsoring organizations. Their support is incredible. It was awesome to...

Fourth of July hours for 2018

Next week, Independence Day falls on Wednesday. That impacts the schedules here at Confer Plastics. Production and production support will be on an extended break from Saturday, July 30th through Wednesday, July 4th. Production will resume on Thursday, July 5th and go through Saturday, July 7th. Our pool and spa customers will have access to our customer service personnel on Monday the 2nd and we will be shipping from our Liberty Drive facility on the 2nd as well. Our customer service personnel will also be here for a few hours on the morning of the 3rd to take your calls. We hope that all of our customers, coworkers, and suppliers have a wonderful Fourth of July. Enjoy the time spent with friends and family celebrating the birthday of the very best country there is, has been and ever will be — the United States of...

Confer Classic raffle is Wednesday the 27th

Tomorrow is the Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant in Lockport. Accompanying the tournament is a raffle run by Carol Genet which will be open to the public from 12:30 to 4:30. All proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts. There are nearly 100 prizes from all sorts of wonderful donors. Hopefully you’ll need to win the wheelbarrow to haul away everything you win! Check out the list of prizes here:...

Confer takes part in Department of Labor safety program

Today we began another project with the New York State Department of Labor’s on-site consultation service. We encourage all of our fellow employers in NY to do the same.   This free program, which we participate in every other year, offers great benefit for workplace safety.   Under this voluntary program, a NYS DOL inspector visits your workplace and conducts an inspection in the same manner that OSHA would. You aren’t fined for his findings (unless you fail to fix the problem) and his findings aren’t made public.   The consultation program helps employers figure out where their safety programs might be lacking and it helps to show them what needs repair.   It’s always good to have a set of eyes from outside your company see how things are done and should be done, whether you operate a factory, warehouse, retail store, farm or nursing home.   Not only can this can help you improve your safety program, but it also keeps OSHA out of your workplace until the project is done.   Here’s a PDF about the service: https://www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/factsheets/pdfs/p447.pdf   If you are in WNY, you can contact safety & health inspector Brad Hahn at 716.847.7665 or...

NYPA COO and team tour Confer Plastics

On Thursday, June 21st we were visited by the New York Power Authority’s Chief Operating Officer Joseph Kessler and a team of a dozen NYPA personnel from their Niagara Falls and White Plains facilities. They got to tour the plant to witness our processes and products which allowed them to see how the power they provide us keeps people employed and creates enjoyment for our...

For our coworkers: A Red Cross blood drive will take place this summer

Message to our coworkers… Based on the success of their inaugural drive in 2017, the Red Cross is scheduled to hold a blood drive here on August 2nd. The purpose is to help the Red Cross fill up blood banks in local hospitals to help people in the event of a health crisis. Before we officially schedule the event, I need to make sure enough people are interested. The drive would occur on that day between the hours of noon and 5:00. First shift personnel could give blood towards the end of their shift. Second shift personnel could give blood at the start of their shift, rest a half hour and be assigned a less intense machine. This blood drive would also be open to your immediate family members. Last year, we had more than 20 donors. All donors to this drive would receive a $20 card to Subway from the company as an incentive to donate. Refreshments will also be provided by Red Cross following your donation. There are some eligibility requirements that can be found online at RedCrossBlood.org/donating-blood. Please know that travel or living in some countries will exclude participation due to Malaria risks. You’ll find that list online. If interested in giving, let your supervisor know by this Friday so we can book this event accordingly with Red...

John Schneider has beaten cancer!

It’s a happy day at Confer Plastics! Over the years, many of our customers have talked with or shared emails with John who works in our customer service department. The young man returns to work today. He had been off of work for nearly a half year as he battled cancer and underwent an array of exhausting treatments. John was able to ring the victory bell at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Thursday. He’s cancer free! We’re really glad he’s back and kicked cancer’s...

The pool ladder in the viral video is not ours

Over the past few days a video has been circulating on Facebook showing a toddler climbing up the safety enclosure on a swimming pool ladder. You may have seen the Good Morning America report that followed the story (see the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSwhjh-1nI ). We’ve received quite a few emails from friends, family, and business associates asking if it’s one of our ladders. That ladder is NOT ours…it’s made by a foreign competitor. We are glad that the Wyman family saw what could happen with our competitor’s ladder before it was too late. Their actions highlight the importance of supervision. God bless them for watching that precious boy of theirs and sharing their story so that other families are...

Public is welcome to take part in 2018 Confer Classic raffle

The third annual Confer Classic golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 27th at Willowbrook Golf Course on Route 78 in Lockport. Accompanying the tournament will be a HUGE raffle featuring thousands of dollars in prizes. This raffle will be open to the public while our golfers are on the course. From 12:30 PM till 4:30 PM on the 27th, the public can visit the clubhouse/restaurant where the raffle will be held. General raffle: $10 will get you a sheet of tickets that has 25 raffle tickets. 3 sheets can be had for $25. Shed raffle: $20 a ticket; 7 for $100 Door prize raffle: $5 each; 6 for $25 All proceeds will benefit the local Boy Scouts. Last year’s tournament and raffle saw $16,000 donated to the Boy Scouts — let’s beat that total this year! Thank you to our raffle donors and everyone who will participate.     ITEM DONOR 1 SPECIAL RAFFLE: Shed All Metal Works 2 SPECIAL RAFFLE: Lottery tree Rich and Karen Russell 4 DOOR PRIZE: 32” TV Sue and Matt Case 4 DOOR PRIZE: Kayak Confer Plastics 5 DOOR PRIZE: TV Amco Polymers 6 $25 Lowe’s Card Stanley & Kathy Armol 7 $25 Lowe’s Card Stanley & Kathy Armol 8 $50 Niagara Produce card Cornerstone Federal Credit Union 9 Two nature books Confer Plastics 10 Bluetooth speaker ProForma 11 Gift basket Rickard Nursery 12 Gift basket Pam Britt 13 1 dozen Pro-V1 golf balls William Mattar 14 Kings of the Blues 3 CD set Confer Plastics 15 Lockblade knife Confer Plastics 16 $50 Sunoco card iEvolve 17 $50 Sunoco card iEvolve 18...