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Confer initiates recall for Curve model of pool steps

Since the 1970’s, Confer Plastics has been the industry leader in pool and spa entry systems (ladders and steps). Confer Plastics’ mission is to provide customers with high quality, safe and durable products at the best prices. In July 2018, and for the first time ever, Confer Plastics was advised that a child stuck his arm into a side opening on one of Confer Plastic’s Curve in-pool step systems and the arm became temporarily wedged. The child was able to remove his arm but did suffer some scratches. The side openings are present to assist in water circulation in the pool and are used by virtually every manufacturer of plastic in-pool step systems. Confer Plastics immediately investigated the event and determined that the side openings present a potential hazard. To address the potential hazard, Confer Plastics reported the incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Confer Plastics then worked with the CPSC to notify consumers and to design a repair kit that completely removes the potential hazard. Because of Confer Plastic’s rapid and effective response, the CPSC accepted Confer Plastics into its Fast Track Recall Program. But Confer Plastics did not stop there. As an industry leader in safety, Confer Plastics has also redesigned its Curve in-pool step systems and removed the side openings. Because most other plastic in-pool step systems available to consumers have similar side openings, Confer Plastics is also working with pool and spa industry associations to raise awareness of the potential hazard that the side openings present. Confer Plastics hopes that the other manufacturers in the pool and spa industry will follow its lead...

Annual plant shutdown and vacation week

Confer Plastics, Inc. will be closed Saturday, August 25th through Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd 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...

2018 Red Cross blood drive

Today we’re hosting our second annual Red Cross blood drive at the plant. We have 29 guys and gals giving blood, including a few who are doing the Power Red donation. Their generosity today has the ability to save 90 lives. Thank you to all our...

Christine Ash to join the Twenty Year Club

In a few days, Christine Ash becomes the 32nd member of the Twenty Year Club at Confer Plastics. She started working here in August of 1998. She is in a unique situation – she joins her mother, Jean Gray, to become the first mother-daughter duo in the Club. Jean has been with us for over 27 years. Christine’s stepfather, Dave, is also a member — 30 years and counting! Before working here, Christine worked at Jenss in the old Summit Park Mall, Pizza Junction, and a convenience store. She also has a degree in nursing. She started here as machine operator and within a few years became the quality inspector on third shift. For nearly a decade now the mother of two has been our inventory specialist. She has a lot on her plate – she enters each day’s production data, determines what components and packaging needs to be bought to complete our production orders, and manages inventory levels for components, work-in-process, and finished goods. Her records also serve as the history of production which in turn is used to calculate product prices. She’s definitely the “go to” gal for a lot of information that drives our planning and decision making at the plant. She’s an important part of the team. How long ago was August of 1998? Well, here’s what happened the month that Christine started here… • Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling one another in the great home run race • “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” debuted on ABC • In a taped testimony, President Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky • North...

Pool dealers: Please lend a hand to young Colton

I’d like you to meet Colton. This young fella lives in Pennsylvania and is 3 years old. He lives with a neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It’s similar to ALS, but in children. Colton cannot walk, move any voluntary muscles, breathe or eat on his own. Despite all that, the tough young man has no cognitive delays and he is just like a typical 3 year old little boy: Colton loves the water! Last year, his family got a swimming pool for him. Not only does he love to swim, but it is also really good therapy — it takes away the gravity and he can wiggle in the water. His mom is in the process of building a deck with a ramp to ensure Colton has a safe and easier way to enter the pool. To help her with what is involved with getting Colton into the pool, we are donating and shipping one of our Curve pool steps, so she and her son — and his sister! — can enjoy the pool together, with as little stress as possible. We are reaching out to see if any swimming pool dealers and distributors would like to help with a care package to Colton — maybe some floats or toys he can use in the pool. If interested in helping Colton enjoy the summer, email Bob Confer at bob@conferplastics.com and we will provide Colton’s shipping...

Thank you for donating to the Confer Classic

Dear Confer Classic supporter,   Thank you for making the third annual Confer Classic Golf Tournament a smashing success!   The 2018 numbers were extraordinary…   110 golfers 100 basket and door prizes And the biggest and best number of them all: Profits from the event were $13,600! That brings our 3-year total to more than $40,000!   When we started this fundraiser 3 years ago our goal was to raise $7,500 a year. We have exceeded that dramatically thanks to you. You might have helped our fundraising in one or many ways as a golfer, sponsor, donor of goods or services, or volunteer.   We appreciate what you did. So do the scouts who will benefit from your charitable giving.   All of the proceeds from the Confer Classic have been donated to the Iroquois Trail Council, which serves the cub scouts and boy scouts of eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming Counties in Western New York. The Council, which also operates Camp Dittmer and Camp Sam Wood, has 2,500 youth in its membership.   Know that your donations are a major investment in their future. As I mentioned in my speech at the tournament, the 5 counties we serve are quite economically depressed and many of our scouts are living in poverty. Scouting gives these boys the confidence, life skills, and knowledge of careers and leadership to help them overcome this and other obstacles in their lives. They will grow up to be the men who will turn those communities around and make our region a better place.   THANK YOU for being there for them....

Orie Cornett has retired

Orie Cornett retires from Confer Plastics today after having spent 27 years with the company. Prior to that, Orie spent 23 years with the US Army. Think about that… 50 years. 2 employers. That longevity shows his amazing commitment to the country and our company. Orie started off on our first shift in January of 1991 and within a couple of years he took the leadership skills that he mastered in the military to our 3rd shift where he worked for more than 16 years as the foreman. Since then, he had served as the manager of our regrind materials, expertly ensuring that our regrind was organized and distributed to each shift. It was a big undertaking when you consider that we buy 19 million pounds of material a year and a substantial amount becomes regrind. Orie will be missed at the plant. He always had the best interest of everyone at heart – the company, our coworkers, and our customers. He cared. Orie also had the best sayings – his collections of “Orie-isms” were creative, he was like a modern day Yogi Berra. His sayings sounded even better with his Kentucky accent. Orie is truly unique. His first day at the plant was January 9, 1991. So we can understand how long ago Orie started here, this is what happened that month… Operation Desert Storm began with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq. The heavily-televised combat phase of the Gulf War would continue for a month and half The Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Giants, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV The Russians stormed Lithuania The big winners...

Heat notice: July 5th, 2018

Note to our coworkers for Thursday, July 5th: The heat has been oppressive the past few days. Luckily, we had a 5-day weekend so we didn’t have to battle that heat in the factory. But, today, work resumes and the heat wave is still on. It is forecast to be 91 degrees and humid, and the Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this afternoon and evening. Production will still go on today, BUT you are not required to report to work — you can at your own discretion in this heat and humidity. 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. You will still be eligible for holiday pay this week. Two things to know, though… If you are NOT coming in due to the heat, you MUST leave a message for your supervisor at 716.695.1023 prior to the start of your shift. Failure to do so will have your absence count as an unexcused absence and you will lose holiday pay eligibility. This applies only to 1st shift and 2nd shift. By time 3rd shift arrives, the cold front will be passing through, it will be raining, and temperatures will drop...

The 3rd annual Confer Classic was a success!

On Wednesday we had the third annual Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant in Lockport. All proceeds from this event were donated to the Iroquois Trail Council.   How much did the Boy Scouts get this year?   $13,600!!!   This was only possible with A LOT of help:   1) The Big Guy Upstairs: Somehow, despite the forecasts calling for heavy downpours, we were spared any showers, rains, and thunderstorms, even though nearby Amherst and Batavia were deluged. That’s 2 years in a row we were spared. Last year, it was the only dry day of the week!!   2) Carol Genet: Mrs. G ran a killer raffle again. The raffle alone brought in more than $6,400! It takes a lot of hard work to do what she did — she went out and looked for donations, collected the prizes, made the baskets, and professionally conducted the raffle with a small team of lovely ladies. I guarantee Mrs. G put over 100 hours of her time into this. That’s some serious care for the Boy Scouts. Love you, Mrs. G!!   3) The raffle donors and participants: There were over one hundred prizes, including an awesome shed donated by Dominick Ciliberto. Businesses and individuals from all over donated prizes and we had a bunch of raffle participants from the community stop by while we were on the course.   4) The golfers and sponsors: What would a golf tournament be without the golfers? We had 109 of them and well over a dozen sponsoring organizations. Their support is incredible. It was awesome to...

Fourth of July hours for 2018

Next week, Independence Day falls on Wednesday. That impacts the schedules here at Confer Plastics. Production and production support will be on an extended break from Saturday, July 30th through Wednesday, July 4th. Production will resume on Thursday, July 5th and go through Saturday, July 7th. Our pool and spa customers will have access to our customer service personnel on Monday the 2nd and we will be shipping from our Liberty Drive facility on the 2nd as well. Our customer service personnel will also be here for a few hours on the morning of the 3rd to take your calls. We hope that all of our customers, coworkers, and suppliers have a wonderful Fourth of July. Enjoy the time spent with friends and family celebrating the birthday of the very best country there is, has been and ever will be — the United States of...

Confer Classic raffle is Wednesday the 27th

Tomorrow is the Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant in Lockport. Accompanying the tournament is a raffle run by Carol Genet which will be open to the public from 12:30 to 4:30. All proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts. There are nearly 100 prizes from all sorts of wonderful donors. Hopefully you’ll need to win the wheelbarrow to haul away everything you win! Check out the list of prizes here:...

Confer takes part in Department of Labor safety program

Today we began 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 safety & health inspector Brad Hahn at 716.847.7665 or...