Fourth of July hours at Confer Plastics

Here’s a heads up for our customers and suppliers so they can plan accordingly…   Confer Plastics will be closed Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.   Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends and we hope you have a great time celebrating the awesomeness of the United States of...

UB’s Social Impact Fellowship visits Confer Plastics

On Friday, June 16th we were visited by 16 gifted students from the University at Buffalo’s Social Impact Fellowship. The SIF prepares students to address societal issues using principles of entrepreneurship and sustainable social innovation. You can learn about the program here: http://www.buffalo.edu/content/www/entrepreneurship/programs/social-impact.html  The students were able to tour the plant with Bob, Cliff, Mark, and Carl. Then, Bob gave them a presentation on our successes working with Burmese refugees, offering food for thought on how to apply what we did and do to their efforts in the workplace and the...

Public is welcome to take part in 2017 Confer Classic raffle

The second annual Confer Classic golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 28th 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 28th, the public can visit the back porch of the clubhouse/restaurant where the raffle will be held. $10 will get you a sheet of tickets that has 25 raffle tickets and 1 door prize ticket. 3 sheets can be had for $25. In the event of a rain storm, the golf tournament and raffle will be rescheduled, so watch the Confer Plastics Facebook page is the weather is threatening. All proceeds will benefit the local Boy Scouts. Last year’s tournament and raffle saw $11,000 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 DOOR PRIZE: Kayak Confer Plastics 2 DOOR PRIZE: 40” TV Anonymous 3 DOOR PRIZE: Metal flower planter All Metal Works 4 DOOR PRIZE: Golf GPS Muehlstein 5 $25 Gift Card Regal Cinemas MJ Mechanical 6 $25 Gift Card Regal Cinemas MJ Mechanical 7 10 Buffalo Bisons Tickets Rich Products 8 10 Buffalo Bisons Tickets Rich Products 9 10 Buffalo Bisons Tickets Rich Products 10 10 Buffalo Bisons Tickets Rich Products 11 10 Buffalo Bisons Tickets Rich Products 12 KanJam Jamestown Container 13 KanJam Jamestown Container 14 $50 Tops gift card Cornerstone Federal Credit Union 15 Disney basket...

For our coworkers: Our heat policy

A message for our coworkers…   The start of next week is forecast to be hot (88 Monday, 86 Tuesday). It’s our first taste of summer, so here’s our heat policy as a reminder:   During some summer days the heat and humidity can be unbearable in the plant.   At any time the outside air temperature in North Tonawanda is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or above, the foreman will schedule an extra reliever who will provide extra breaks throughout the shift so machine operators can periodically go into the air conditioned break room. Extra hydration is strongly encouraged on hot days, so the reliever will also make water runs for operators who are running machines. The Company will also provide electrolyte supplements on these days.   If the outside air temperature in North Tonawanda is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, it is imperative that employees check the news page on the Company’s website or the Facebook or Twitter feeds for an update about work status. On a “dry heat” day, production will continue as normal. But, if the combination of heat, humidity, and windless air create a stifling work environment, a message will be posted on those websites saying that you are not required to report to work, but you can at your own discretion. 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.   If that message has been posted on our social media, we ask that you still take the time to call the office or the foremen’s phone...

Road closure is coming

A heads up to our coworkers, visitors, and truck drivers…. The Lockport Union-Sun and Journal is reporting on a road closure that will affect us late this week or early next week: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/work-to-affect-csx-crossings-in-nt/article_259f8c73-8d04-5882-a80c-e2f9d7b1721f.html   Folks who come to Confer Plastics from the Buffalo area or the Falls via River Road will not be able to use the Witmer – River crossing.   In past closings, it was easy enough to get here by using the next crossing, which is the Ward Road crossing. But, the Mayor’s press release reads as if Ward could possibly be closed the same time as Witmer. That said, prepare yourself by finding an alternate route now.   If Ward Road is open, turn onto Ward. When you come to the light at the end of the street, turn left onto Ward again (to your right will be Oliver Street). Take Ward north to the next intersection and turn left onto Warner. At the four way stop, turn left onto Witmer and enter our main driveway.   If Ward is closed, there’s a chance the next intersection, Felton, will be too. So, you will have to turn onto Wheatfield Street (which the new Route 429). Then, turn left onto Oliver (429). Take 429/Oliver/Ward north to the intersection with Warner/Payne and turn left onto Warner. At the four way stop, turn left onto Witmer and enter our main driveway.   Our truck drivers will have to use Witmer/Warner/Ward to get to the Boulevard and our sites at Liberty Drive or the Bell plant. They cannot take Witmer all the way to the...

Memorial Day hours

Confer Plastics will be closed Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th in observance of the Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy the unofficial start of summer with your families and PLEASE take the time to recognize the true meaning of Memorial Day…quietly and genuinely reflect upon and appreciate the accomplishments and lives of our men and women in the armed forces who gave the ultimate...

May 2017 is National Water Safety Month

May 2017 is National Water Safety Month. In your home, every month should be Water Safety Month as there is nothing more important than total safety around your pool and spa. We try to do our best to help you in that regard, between the safety features of our ladders and steps to the handouts that we put in every box. Speaking of that handout, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) produces a pamphlet titled “Children Aren’t Waterproof”. It’s a nicely-done tri-fold that offers to parents and homeowners tips on how to ensure the utmost safety of children around and in swimming pools and spas. We include that pamphlet with every one of our pool ladders, pool steps, and spa steps. Pools and spas can give families countless memories — we want to do our part to ensure they are all GOOD...

Canisius College’s best & brightest tour Confer Plastics

On May 17th, more than a dozen students from the Canisius College’s Western New York Prosperity Fellowship toured the plant and heard a presentation from Bob Confer about the strengths and weaknesses that WNY poses to manufacturers. We were incredibly impressed by these students and the program which is dedicated to supporting promising Canisius students who are committed to contributing to the economic viability of the Western New York Region. With qualified and intelligent young men and women like them engaged in such an experience, you know that the future of our region is in good hands. To learn more about the program, visit:...

Eighth grade students tour Confer Plastics

On Thursday, May 18th, nearly three dozen eighth grade students and teachers from Stanley G. Falk School in Buffalo toured Confer Plastics and were able to see the science behind blow molding technology and the learn about the career paths that WNY’s manufacturing sector presents to them. A good bunch of...

The Living Hinge turns 50

Tuesday, May 9th, marks the 50th anniversary of our founder Ray Confer’s greatest invention – the living hinge. Although invented in 1963 and filed in 1964, the US Patent Office didn’t officially grant the patent until this day in 1967. At a Confer Plastics predecessor called AirMold Plastics Inc., Ray and his business partner at the time, Peter Schurman, designed the living hinge as a means to more efficiently make plastic tool cases. The addition of metal hinges always added cost to the final product due to materials and assembly. So, Ray came up with an ingenious way to eliminate the metal hinges by molding a plastic hinge in process as a part of the case itself, rather than as an add-on. Basically, the living hinge is a thin section of plastic that connects two halves of a part to keep them together and allow the part to be opened and closed over and over again. You can see the hinge in these photos that show a SCBA case. The patent was signed over to their customer WR Grace to which Airmold was also sold. WR Grace — which is now a $3 billion chemical conglomerate – then let the invention go public. Since then, the living hinge — created out of necessity and ingenuity – has been everywhere. It is a part of our everyday lives. It can be found in use of billions of toolboxes, tackle boxes, and cases and there’s no doubt that multiple products in your home and garage have the living hinge on them. It might be seem like a simple invention by today’s...

High school students tour Confer Plastics

Last Thursday we were visited by a half dozen students from Buffalo’s Stanley G. Falk School. The students had just learned about the Industrial Revolution, so this tour was a nice capstone to their lessons as they got to see products being manufactured in an industrial setting.  ...

NYPA’s Jill Anderson tours Confer Plastics

In February, New York Power Authority CEO Gil Quiniones toured Confer Plastics along with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. They liked the tour so much that they encouraged NYPA’s Executive Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer Jill Anderson and her commercial operations team to tour the plant, which they did today. They were able to see a really wide variety of products being made, meet our people, learn about our history & innovations and experience our machines, which are some of the biggest in the world. Confer Plastics and NYPA are in an excellent partnership. NYPA has provided the factory with allocations of Replacement Power and ReCharge NY energy that are produced cleanly and cheaply at the Niagara Power Project which allows Confer to remain competitive — and green — in a global marketplace while keeping 260 Western New Yorkers...