We’re adding more material storage

These silos and the others on site allow us to hold a total of 1.25 million pounds of raw plastic at once. We’re going to increase that storage capacity — today we are applying for a building permit for 2 more silos, which would add another 420,000 pounds of material storage. We’re doing this to be ready in the event another bad hurricane hits the Gulf Coast. Last year, Hurricane Harvey decimated the factories in Texas that make our materials, which impacted plastics manufacturers all across the USA. These new silos give us an even greater ability to weather storms like that one and meet our customers’ needs during tough times. As the Boy Scout motto says: “Be...

Dave Wright joins the Twenty Year Club

This month, Dave Wright will become the 31st member of the coveted Twenty Year Club at Confer Plastics. Twenty years is an incredibly long time to work someplace. According to studies done by the Department of Labor, the average tenure that a worker has at one employer is just 4.6 years. We thank David for his incredible commitment to Confer Plastics and our customers. Dave is currently a machine operator on our third shift. He has worn many hats through the years such as trainer and quality control inspector. Ever the one to improve his skill sets, he has taken part in voluntary training provided by the company, including a 6-month computer course a few years back. He is a hard worker and a dedicated fellow, balancing two jobs and a family life. To put his 20 years into perspective, here’s what was in the news way back in May of 1998… • The Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was given 4 life sentences for his acts of terrorism • Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters in one game, tying the major league record • Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were in the early stages of that season’s famous home run battle • Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion and formed DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history • The last episode of Seinfeld aired • Pakistan responded to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions • The Paula Jones sexual harassment trial versus President Clinton...

Phones down May 10th

To any customers or vendors trying to call Confer Plastics today (Thursday, May 10th) — due to a power outage that happened in the area this morning, our phone lines are down. We don’t think they’ll be active again today, but they should be Friday. If you need to contact anyone here, contact them via their email or our general email:...

Attention first shift: Power outage on May 10th

Earlier this morning (Thursday the 10th), the power went out for a few hours due to a line down on Warner Avenue. Power has been restored, but the machines are warming up and we are repairing some equipment damaged by the surges. First shift personnel were told to not report to work at 7:00 or were sent away upon arrival. They were told they could start at 11:30 today — if they want to (some folks had longer commutes, so if they don’t want to come back today, they don’t have to and it won’t be marked as an unexcused absence). 2nd and 3rd shift personnel will report to work as...

Ghana MBA students tour Confer Plastics

Today our friend, Molly Anderson, executive director of the University at Buffalo’s School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE), brought 8 MBA students from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana to Confer Plastics. This stop on their visit to America allowed them to see manufacturing in process and hear from Bob Confer about our leadership and social models. It was a wonderful visit and these students were incredibly impressive. Ghana’s growing economy is definitely in good hands as the students go on to lead businesses and organizations there. Here’s an article about UB’s relationship with Ghana: http://www.buffalo.edu/…/gaining-global-perspective-ghana.d… Learn about Ghana’s newfound economic growth here:...

What plastics are your ladders and steps made of?

All of our swimming pool ladders & steps and spa steps are blow-molded out of high density polyethylene. HDPE is a non-engineered, safe material, the same plastic used to make milk jugs. This means that all of our products are easily recyclable — so if you convert an a-frame ladder into an inpool ladder, the leftover parts could go curbside with your...

West Seneca students tour the plant

On Tuesday, April 24th, 30 students participating in West Seneca Central School’s Academy of Business and Finance toured Confer Plastics. They got to see our plant in operation and hear about our business practices. They also heard about careers in manufacturing — on the plant floor and behind the scenes — and our team talked to them about the corresponding educational paths like college, trade school, and high school vocational programs....

Confer Plastics takes part in Niagara University’s Earth Day

On Wednesday, April 18th, Niagara University hosted its Earth Day Eco Fair. Students and staff were able to visit with numerous organizations at the campus’s Gallagher Center. Among the organizations represented were the Sierra Club, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Confer Plastics had a booth there. Connie Confer and Mark King discussed our green practices with visitors while talking about how consumers and manufacturers alike can be better and more environmentally-sound in their use and re-use of plastics. Our team discussed the ills of water bottles, plastic bags and microbeads while highlighting the benefits of clean energy, UV additives, and recycling among other practices. They also discussed the benefits that plastics provide society with durable goods, medical equipment and technological...

Accepting applications for our Explorer Post for 2018-2019 school year

There are just two months left for the 2017-2018 session of the Explorer Post at Confer Plastics. We are already accepting applicants for the program for the next school year. Exploring is a worksite-based program of the Boy Scouts of America and is designated for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old. Exploring units, called “posts”, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation, engineering, or the like, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. Working in conjunction with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the BSA, a manufacturing Explorer post was launched by Confer Plastics this past fall, led by Cliff Hoover, Frank Fedele, and Bob Confer. Our program runs through the school year and the post meets the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM. This past school year we used the following agenda and will do so again for next year’s Explorer post. This plan follows the life cycle of a product from start to finish and looks at tasks and careers on the plant floor and behind the scenes: Oct: Introduction to Confer Plastics and manufacturing Nov: Sales and marketing Dec: Engineering and machining Jan: Production Part 1 Feb: Production Part 2 Mar: Quality and safety Apr: Distribution/warehousing and human resources May: Management and leadership June: Program closure and discussion about colleges and trade schools The young men and women will be manufacturing experts when they’re done! You can read an October newspaper article about our post here: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/…/article_2b6ee22a-7de5-5a29… We like this program because we’re always...

Prom dress distribution: Friday, April 6th

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. The next distribution is this Friday, April 6th from 1pm till 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...

Easter weekend holiday 2018

Confer Plastics will be closed on Friday, March 30th in observance of Good Friday. Enjoy the long Easter weekend with your family. May your holiday be a memorable one.

Buffalo students tour Confer Plastics

On Tuesday, March 27th, a dozen Career & Technical students from Buffalo’s Olmsted High School toured Confer Plastics. They got to see our plant in operation and they heard about careers in manufacturing — whether on the production floor or behind the scenes. Our team also talked to them about the corresponding educational paths like college, trade school, and high school vocational...