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Douglas Confer Scholarship at Alfred University

We surprised Doug by telling him that we are cementing his legacy at his alma mater, Alfred University, by opening a scholarship in his name. The Douglas Confer Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen pursuing a business degree and having an interest in manufacturing. The student will receive that scholarship every year of his or her undergraduate career at...

CPI is a dropoff site for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

This year’s Peanut Butter and Jelly 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 Niagara County. We will be a drop-off site, not only for our coworkers’ donations, but also for anyone passing through North Tonawanda. The blue drop-off bin is just inside the front door of our office at 97 Witmer Road in North Tonawanda. 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 morning. 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 healthy foods that kids enjoy. Through the years they have collected well over 100,000 jars of PB&J from donation sites across the...

BOCES students tour Confer Plastics

On October 30th, nearly 30 special education students from Orleans/Niagara BOCES North Tonawanda learning center toured Confer Plastics as a part of Ms. O’Mahony’s life skills class. They get to learn of our history, see our machines in operation, and learn about career opportunities throughout the Niagara Frontier. We encourage other employers to open their doors to high schoolers — from all backgrounds. There’s a whole big world out there, and one day it will be theirs. Show them what’s out there for...

Confer donated to 175 fundraisers over past 12 months

We’ve completed another annual cycle of giving. I’m always curious how many charity events we donate to across the region, so I track them from October 1 to September 30. In 2018-2019 we donated to 175 charities, benefits and raffles. To everyone of these events we donated $50 gift cards for the Made in America Store, an awesome retail mecca for people who value products proudly made in the USA. Even though our year of tracking our donations has ended, the giving doesn’t stop. We just keep on going. We love to give to the community, with a special emphasis on local events and fundraisers that help smaller organizations like churches, non-profits, scout troops and, especially, families that are in great need in times of health issues and other crises. So, don’t hesitate to ask for gift card. It’s the least we can do to help local organizations and families succeed in trying times and a trying economy. Organizations and individual causes donated to in the 2018-2019 year of giving   American Legion Post 1449 American Legion Riders – Greater Niagara Chapter Amherst Knights Youth Hockey Amherst Lady Knights 12U Anchoring Hope Autism Services Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church Becca’s Closet Benefit for Ed Barraclough Benefit for Judy Borowski-Heffelman Benefit for Christina Gravius Benefit for Meghan Jopp Benefit for Summer Laforme Benefit for Charles Moore Benefit for family of John Reif Benefit for Maci Rogers Benefit for Zaida Rose Smith Benefit for Nicholas Sutch Benefit for Jordan Tokarczyk Boy Scout Troop 4 Boy Scout Troop 8 Boy Scout Troop 18 Boy Scout Troop 47 Boy Scout Troop 98 Boy Scout...

CPI helps a wish kid

Here’s WHEC Channel 10’s news story about Wish Kid Cody Offen and his dream-come-true of a swimming pool. We donated one of our pool ladders to the cause. We hope the young man and his family have a lot of good times in their new pool...

Fourth of July hours, 2019

We will be closed Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th in observance of Independence Day. We hope you and your family have a great time celebrating everything that makes the United States of America so...

The 2019 Confer Classic was HUGE!

The fourth annual Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament took place this past Wednesday and it was our biggest and best ever! Here are some thoughts from the day… • We were blessed with 145 golfers. 145! Our previous high was 116, so this was a pleasant surprise • All golfers before and after the event had smiles on their faces. Everyone seemed to be having a genuinely good time. That might be the reason behind the growing popularity of the event – it’s a fun, no-pressure tournament that supports a great cause • The top eight teams each got prizes. Next year, we’re going to shake it up: The top 3 will get prizes, but the next 5 prizes we be randomly awarded to teams, whether they had a good score or an OK score – we will do this by drawing place positions from a hat • No one got a hole in one or a Hit It To Win It prize, but everyone tried really hard • My swing has not improved. I guess that happens when you golf just once a year • Willowbrook’s staff did a great job yet again managing the set-up, flow, and meals. Their grounds crew did an exceptional job especially given how wet the spring and early summer have been • Speaking of wet – this was the first time we’ve had rain during golf at the Classic. Luckily, it lasted just 10 minutes • Carol Genet is pretty darn awesome. Again, she and her team of volunteers did a fantastic job with the raffle. Have you ever seen such a...

King, Confer, Johnston join the Twenty Year Club

The coveted Twenty Year Club grows by 3 over the next week! First up on Friday is Mark King. Mark is in charge of our secondary operations department which handles packing of products, hardware kitting, post-molding assembly and special projects such as foaming. Mark is also one of our United Way liaisons, a regular tour guide at the plant, and has served as the foreman on all three shifts. On Saturday, Connie Confer celebrates 20 years. She is the human resources manager and a third-generation Confer in the family business. She was able to work with her grandfather Ray, the company’s founder, for a year before his passing and is still working with her dad and brother. She oversees the payroll and benefits for more than 200 people across 3 locations. Along with Mark, she handles the booth at special events in the community, such as Niagara County job fairs, Niagara University’s Earth Day and the Niagara Air Show. Next Friday, Tom Johnston hits the two decade mark. Tom has been the material handler on third shift for many years. In that role he takes product from the machines to the warehouse or trailers and also brings materials and components to the workstations. One job that he excels at is systems cleaning, a process in which colors are changed on various jobs. He has it down to a science and the changeovers during the overnights are consistently efficient, minimizing downtime. These three bring our Twenty Year Club membership to a total of 35. We appreciate their devotion to the company, our customers, and our coworkers. Twenty years is a...

Public can participate in the Confer Classic’s raffle: June 26th

The fourth annual Confer Classic golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 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 26th, 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. Big ticket raffle: $5 each; 6 for $25 Shed raffle: $10 a ticket; 3 for $25; 8 for $50 Lottery tree raffle: $2 each; 3 for $5; 7 for $10 50/50 split: $2 each; 3 for $5; or 7 for $10. Please note: at some fundraising events the winner feels obligated to give their winnings to the non-profit. This is not allowed here. We want you to keep your winnings! All proceeds will benefit the local Boy Scouts. We are on pace this year, between the tournament and the raffle, to surpass $17,000 – this is possible only with your support. Thank you to our raffle donors and everyone who will participate. It means a lot to us, it means a lot to the scouts. NOTE: This list of prizes is growing and will be updated every couple of days before the event!     BIG TICKET RAFFLE ITEMS # ITEM DONOR 1 iPad Niagara County Sheriffs Office 2 4 tickets to a Buffalo Bills game Buffalo Bills 3 Autographed Josh Allen helmet...

Homeschoolers tour Confer Plastics

We regularly give group tours of the factory to classes and clubs from public and private schools. Today, we held our first tour that gave homeschooled students that same opportunity. We had put the invitation out on social media a couple months ago and had over 20 people — of all ages — attend today’s activity. We took the families on a plant tour, held a Q&A session, and talked about business, entrepreneurship, and career paths that can be had in the industrial sector. It was a good experiential learning event…seeing manufacturing taking place is always an eye-opener. This is the first of what will be many homeschool events. We plan to host a homeschool tour every June and December. Keep an eye on our social media this fall for date, time, and...

West Seneca students tour Confer Plastics

Today, Rio Harden from West Seneca Schools brought 15 students from her entrepreneurship class to Confer Plastics. They were able to see the factory in operation and then Bob and the tour guides talked with them about entrepreneurship — chasing the American Dream, assuming risk, and capitalizing on...