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Groundbreaking begins at Gratwick Park

April 17, 2019 was the big day: The official ground breaking! Gratwick Park sits across the street from Confer Plastics and it is a real jewel on the Niagara River. Unfortunately, it has been underutilized by boaters (and some who have used it have been ticketed) because weekend and weeknight visitors and tourists would find that they’d have to go to City Hall during business hours to get a season pass. To fix this, last year, Confer Plastics gave a proposal and $10,000 in seed money to the City of North Tonawanda to invest in a ticket kiosk for launch passes that would be installed at Gratwick. Today, city workers dug and poured the pad! This private-public partnership gives families access to the beautiful Niagara River, helps boost tourism, and, as an outcome, creates various new revenue streams for the City and local businesses. It will be good to look out of our conference room windows and see many, many families enjoying the mighty...

Attention homeschoolers: There will be a tour on June 12th

We regularly give group tours of Confer Plastics, Inc. to classes and clubs from public and private schools. On Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 we will hold a tour that gives homeschooled students that same opportunity. From 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM we will take students on a plant tour, hold a Q&A session, and talk about business, entrepreneurship, and career paths that can be had in the industrial sector. It will be a good experiential learning event…seeing manufacturing taking place is always an eye-opener. This tour is open to the first 30 students who sign up. If interested, send an email to Bob Confer at bob@conferplastics.com. If you don’t sign up in time and all slots are taken we will put you on the advance list for a future tour if you’d like. We plan to host a homeschool tour every June and December. Please know that this tour is only open to the kids. As much as we’d love to have their parents and other teachers join them, we can’t. If the tour size grew to 60 or 90 people it would be unmanageable for...

“What’s so cool about manufacturing?” voting underway

The Northland Workforce Training Center’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” Video Contest features teams of middle school students, led by teacher-coaches, who are provided with video equipment and instructional materials and matched with local manufacturers.   Each school had four months to create a short video profile of their partner companies, and the career opportunities they offer to answer the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?”   The entries are judged by an expert panel and public vote—hosted on the Northland website. Winners are recognized at an awards ceremony by industry and education leaders, dignitaries, and elected officials.   Voting is open to the public this week (the week of April 8th, 2019). Please take a few seconds to vote for the video produced by eighth graders at West Buffalo Charter School who filmed their video here at Confer Plastics  ...

CPI donates skids to Teen Challenge

  See that photo of a pallet? These are what we transport our products on. See the photo of the room? That’s a wall made out of the same sort of pallet! It looks great! We recently donated 20 pallets to the good people at Teen and Adult Challenge in Buffalo who had the young men in residency at the program disassemble, stain, and then connect the pallet wood to dress up the wall of their dining room. Buffalo Adult & Teen Challenge is a program that helps men 18+ who struggle with life controlling issues like drug and alcohol addiction. The program helps them beat the addiction and learn critical life and job skills, including...

CPI retiree Dave Bassler has passed away

We’ve lost a dear friend of the company. Dave Bassler passed away Wednesday at 80 years of age. He retired from Confer Plastics Inc. in 2011 after having worked at CPI for the previous decade. He also worked for the company in the late-1970s and early-1980s before spending almost 20 years with Airlock Plastics, another blow molder which, by the way, had been started by CPI founder Ray Confer. Dave was a real asset to Confer Plastics, handling many an electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical repair in the plant while overseeing the parts ordering – and outside repairs – for all of our molding machines and auxiliary equipment. He even volunteered a helping hand at the Confer Classic charity golf tournament during his retirement. He was a great guy. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Here is his obituary… David R. Bassler, 80, of Niagara Falls, Wednesday (April 3, 2019). Mr. Bassler was born in Buffalo, NY on March 12, 1939 to Kenneth H. and Dorothy (Danford) Bassler. David was a Army National Guard Veteran,member of the Moose Lodge, worked for Airlock and Confer Plastics, in his spare time he enjoyed camping Golf, traveling, museums,and his friends at the Moose Lodge. David is survived by his wife Carol A. (Cole) Bassler, father of Tracey (Mark Downs) Bassler, Kelly (David) Urtel, Kenneth (Lynn) Bassler, stepfather of Eric (Karina) Pulaski, Altina (Richard) Scholls, grandfather of Lindsey (Tim) Bozek, Leah (Joe) Wolf, Sean, Adam, Jason, and Sedona Bassler, Matthew, William, Ayden, Annalise Pulaski, Caitlin Hosking, great grandfather of Lillian and Valerie Bozek. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9...

How do I prevent alga build-up in my swimming pool?

Last summer (2018), Confer Plastics made product improvements to all of its products that involved filling in any openings beneath the water line. The improvements were put in place to prevent entrapment. This included the sidewalls on the curve step system. To prevent any algae build up, at least once a week, and while inside swimming pool, use a garden hose with a high pressure nozzle to spray under and behind the curve step system. The water force will flush out any dirt and circulate it into the pool filtration...

Confer looking to hire engineering intern for the summer months

Confer Plastics has available a paid internship for a student currently enrolled in engineering at an accredited college or university.  This internship will take place between the spring and fall semesters of 2019. We anticipate the position beginning May 20th, 2019 and lasting until August 16th, 2019. Based on what needs to be accomplished, this could extend into future semester breaks if the intern is interested. It is a full-time position, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. Please email cover letter and resume to plastics@conferplastics.com. There are quite a few tasks that we would like the intern to work on. The exposure to multiple facets of the operations will give the intern valuable experience. The workload we are looking to have completed is as follows: Mold Data – collect and record the following data and information regarding our production molds. Physical size – height, width, length. Calculate and mark the weight of each mold. Mold accessories – compile information on pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. Collect data on all mold inserts. Reverse engineer and create drawings for a data base on mold pins & bushings, punches, blow pins and blow needles. Images – collect images on all aspects of the molds. Numbering system – develop and implement an intelligent mold numbering system to identify our production molds. Develop a database on all mold drawings. Enter data on all mold modifications and service as it occurs.   Router Data – collect and record the following data and information regarding our production routers. Manufactures information – collect and compile router information regarding make, model, size and capacity. Programs – collect...

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

Today we were visited by 7th grade students from West Buffalo Charter School who are working on a video that will be entered in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” contest run by the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturers Association, Northland Workforce Training Center, and Dream it Do It. They will be competing against 10 other schools, each producing a 3-minute video highlighting the processes and the people of their chosen factory. In this picture the students are interviewing Bob, Frank, and Cliff about what makes manufacturing so cool at Confer...

Free prom dresses for girls in need: March 2nd

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….   Our friend Paula Travis and the Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport run a chapter of Becca’s Closet and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses and numerous 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.   This Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM they will have fittings and distributions at their office 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.   If you want more information about this chapter of Becca’s Closet, contact Paula Travis at ladytinny559@gmail.com or 716.471.6446. Appointments are not required but are suggested, so please contact Paula.   Please take advantage of this wonderful offer and their charity — it’s there for the girls, to make sure every one of them can enjoy that special...

Notice to our coworkers about 21 February 2019 paychecks

Notice to our coworkers… If you are a CPI employee who typically receives direct deposit you WON’T this week. If you are a direct depositor, don’t throw out your paycheck as you normally do…this week it is a REAL paycheck. Our payroll provider, and others across the country, are having issues processing payroll this week. The software they use was being compromised by a malicious threat from a foreign entity. To defend against it they threw up a wall to stop it and disable direct deposit and other things so the spies could not potentially steal people’s banking information. While having a live check might be a pain in the butt, it’s a good thing it’s happening because the threat was recognized and is being dealt with. Other companies wouldn’t have been so properly reactive – look at how often you hear of data branches happening in the news. Word of advice to direct depositors: Deposit the check immediately. Many of you have scheduled automatic withdrawals for bill payments, etc. Make sure you have money in the bank to cover them. If any have any questions or concerns see or call Connie or...

Prom dress distribution: February 19th, 2019

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…. Paula Travis and the Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport run a chapter of Becca’s Closet and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses, and numerous 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. This Tuesday, February 19th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM they will have fittings and distributions at their office 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. If you want more information about this chapter of Becca’s Closet, contact Paula Travis at ladytinny559@gmail.com or 716.471.6446. Please take advantage of this wonderful offer and their charity — it’s there for the girls, to make sure every one of them can enjoy that special...