Furniture line is being discontinued

We are discontinuing our Leisure Accents furniture line. No longer will we be manufacturing our bistro table sets, stools, benches, and side bars. None of those products have come close to achieving the sales volume we had hoped for when we launched the line in 2005. Our other product lines (pool ladders & steps, spa cabinets, etc) are growing so well we’d rather invest inventory, space, machine time, and personnel on those products. This will change what we do for donations. The bistro sets have long been donated to benefits and raffles in Western New York (almost 250 of them a year). Many organizations have come to savor that benevolence and we like to give, so we will continue to donate to those causes. From now on, donation requests will be answered with a $50 gift card to use at any of the seven Made in America Stores across WNY or on their website. We like what Mark Andol and the Made in America Store stand for and we know raffle bidders will appreciate shopping for high-quality, American-made products. We do have enough bistro sets in stock to satisfy all of our bistro set certificates that are still in...

Red Cross blood drive was a huge success

Confer Plastics hosted its inaugural Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, August 16th. It was awesome to see the interest in this great cause — 30 of our coworkers gave blood! Everyone who donated received a $20 Subway card and had their name put in the hat for a drawing for an extra paid personal day. More importantly, everyone who donated is saving lives!  Thank you to everyone who...

Confer Plastics to participate in STEM Zone at 2018 Air Show

We’re excited to announce that the good people of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the Niagara Military Affairs Council have asked us to participate in 2018’s Thunder Over Niagara Air Show. They will have a STEM Zone set-up during the air show at which kids and teens can see what local and national manufacturers do and chat with them about education and career paths. We will be one of the participating firms. This is the perfect event at which to discuss STEM; the kids will be thrilled by the speed, power, and sound of the planes and jets — what a way to get them excited about designing and building...

Job Opening: Machinist

We are currently accepting applications for the position of machinist. Our machinists modify/repair blow molds and design, build, and modify tooling and fixtures needed in the blow molding process. Knowledge of machining is REQUIRED; a minimum of 5 years experience as a machinist is preferred. An extensive background in machining is required, but we are NOT looking for CNC machinists. We are in need of machinists experienced in “old school” technology like Bridgeport mills, engine lathes, and horizontal boring mills. Aluminum welding is a plus. The position is full-time permanent, Monday to Friday on our 1st Shift (7:00 am to 3:25 pm), but we would be willing to hire a machinist who may have retired early from one of the local automakers (like GM) and might be looking for something to do to earn some extra bucks. For an individual like that, we wouldn’t mind offering 24 hours a week if the retiree isn’t interested in a full-time job. Interested parties should email their resume to plastics@conferplastics.com or send it in the mail to Confer Plastics, Inc, 97 Witmer Road, North Tonawanda, NY...

Confer Plastics shutdown/vacation week 2017

Confer Plastics, Inc. will be closed Saturday, August 26th through Labor Day, Monday, September 4th for our annual plant shutdown and vacation.   As many manufacturers do, we schedule a shutdown period every year so that we can ensure that most of our employees take a vacation while our technical crew and outside contractors conduct maintenance and upgrades on our facilities, infrastructure and machines.   Some things to note about various facets of our operations…   Production: There will not be any production taking place during the shutdown week.   Upper management and customer service: Our front office has been encouraged to take the time off, so we will be operating with only a skeleton crew. It is likely that our phones will go to the auto-attendant at that time. If your contact is out on vacation and you need to reach someone, please email us at plastics@conferplastics.com and the remaining staff will do their best to address your concerns.   Shipping and receiving: Our S&R operations will be only bare bones during shutdown week, with one fellow managing both of our warehouses. We encourage incoming and outgoing shipments to occur either before or after our shutdown (as we get closer to shutdown, please reach out to your Confer Plastics contact to make the appropriate plans). We will be able to accommodate only a few shipments or receipts during the break.   We hope that our shutdown week does not pose any problems for your operations. We try to schedule our shutdown for a time when it will create the least amount of conflict for our customers, and we’ve...

Heritage Centers tours Confer Plastics

On Wednesday, July 19th, 8 clients of the Heritage Centers and 2 of their caretakers toured Confer Plastics. The Heritage Centers serves children and adults with disabilities by offering comprehensive services ranging to from day to vocational to residential services. You can learn about the organization here: http://www.heritagecenters.org/ These visitors were allowed to see our factory in operation and hear about careers in manufacturing, light assembly, warehousing and distribution that are available across Western New York. This was the third tour that the company has provided to clients of disability agencies this year alone. This uptick in visits is in response to sheltered workshops across the country being forced to close by various levels of government. The disabled, their families, and their service providers are now facing great unknowns as they enter the general workforce and it is hoped plant tours such as ours help them alleviate their fears and see what is available in the local...

The end of an era at Confer Plastics: Our last gas tanks

We are coming to the end of an era at Confer Plastics. We are on our last production run of fuel tanks…ever. We’ve been making gas tanks since the early-1970s, so why will be making them no longer?   Bob Confer answers that question in this week’s installment of his column for the local newspapers. Here it is…   Only government could mess up the gas tank by Bob Confer   Have you purchased a portable fuel tank for your garage or boat in recent years and wondered why they are, respectively, such pieces of garbage or so expensive?   You can’t help but be frustrated with what has happened to the once-simple gas can.   The modern no-spill units you use to fuel up your mower, chainsaw or ATV are anything but no-spill, as the clumsy spouts and necks lead to immeasurable amounts of wasted gas ending up on your power equipment and garage floor. You likely approach the same gas cans with trepidation because they look like bloated little powder kegs ready to explode on hot summer days because they are no longer manufactured with vents.   Then there’s those portable tanks that come in a variety of sizes for your fishing boat. They could be purchased for under $30 prior to 2011. Now, they come in at $50 to $80.   The mark-ups don’t end there. Consider what became of the fuel tanks that you don’t make direct purchases of, such as those built into your equipment. The newer tanks and accompanying hoses and accessories have add $50 to the cost of push mowers and $100...

Restor-a-Spa Kit installation video

Our guys just made an installation video for the Restor-A-Spa Kit which is an inexpensive and easy way to replace weathered or unattractive spa cabinetry. The kit will help you get many more years of enjoyment out of your spa. Here’s the video:...

Encouraging our fellow employers to participate in NYS DOL program

Last week, we completed 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 senior safety & health inspector Brad Hahn at 716.847.7665 or...

Niagara Falls teens tour Confer Plastics

On Thursday, July 13th, teens participating in a summer camp program hosted by the Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Packard Court Community Center toured Confer Plastics. They got to see our plant in operation and they heard about careers in manufacturing, engineering, sales, and distribution. Our team also talked to them about the corresponding educational paths like college, trade school, and high school vocational programs....

2017 Confer Classic was a huge success

Bob Confer’s golf swing didn’t get any better as you can see in this picture. But, the Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament wasn’t about his golf game. It was about the Boy Scouts. The tournament secured a jaw-dropping $15,655 for the Iroquois Trail Council. We can’t say THANK YOU enough to all of the golfers, sponsors, raffle bidders, volunteers and donors of products and services who made this event so fantastic. The weather was impeccable, the course was in great shape, the food was delicious and all the people at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant were wonderful to us. Despite the imperfect swing, it was a perfect day for a perfect cause. $15,655 is a HUGE investment in America’s future. THANK...

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...