For our coworkers: A Red Cross blood drive will take place this summer

Message to our coworkers… Based on the success of their inaugural drive in 2017, the Red Cross is scheduled to hold a blood drive here on August 2nd. The purpose is to help the Red Cross fill up blood banks in local hospitals to help people in the event of a health crisis. Before we officially schedule the event, I need to make sure enough people are interested. The drive would occur on that day between the hours of noon and 5:00. First shift personnel could give blood towards the end of their shift. Second shift personnel could give blood at the start of their shift, rest a half hour and be assigned a less intense machine. This blood drive would also be open to your immediate family members. Last year, we had more than 20 donors. All donors to this drive would receive a $20 card to Subway from the company as an incentive to donate. Refreshments will also be provided by Red Cross following your donation. There are some eligibility requirements that can be found online at RedCrossBlood.org/donating-blood. Please know that travel or living in some countries will exclude participation due to Malaria risks. You’ll find that list online. If interested in giving, let your supervisor know by this Friday so we can book this event accordingly with Red...

John Schneider has beaten cancer!

It’s a happy day at Confer Plastics! Over the years, many of our customers have talked with or shared emails with John who works in our customer service department. The young man returns to work today. He had been off of work for nearly a half year as he battled cancer and underwent an array of exhausting treatments. John was able to ring the victory bell at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Thursday. He’s cancer free! We’re really glad he’s back and kicked cancer’s...

The pool ladder in the viral video is not ours

Over the past few days a video has been circulating on Facebook showing a toddler climbing up the safety enclosure on a swimming pool ladder. You may have seen the Good Morning America report that followed the story (see the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSwhjh-1nI ). We’ve received quite a few emails from friends, family, and business associates asking if it’s one of our ladders. That ladder is NOT ours…it’s made by a foreign competitor. We are glad that the Wyman family saw what could happen with our competitor’s ladder before it was too late. Their actions highlight the importance of supervision. God bless them for watching that precious boy of theirs and sharing their story so that other families are...

Public is welcome to take part in 2018 Confer Classic raffle

The third annual Confer Classic golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 27th 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 27th, 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. 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 $16,000 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: 32” TV Sue and Matt Case 3 DOOR PRIZE: Wishing well with flowers All Metal Works 4 DOOR PRIZE: TV Amco Polymers 5 DOOR PRIZE: Lottery tree Rich and Karen Russell 6 $25 Lowe’s Card Stanley & Kathy Armol 7 $25 Lowe’s Card Stanley & Kathy Armol 8 $50 Niagara Produce card Cornerstone Federal Credit Union 9 Two nature books Confer Plastics 10 Bluetooth speaker ProForma 11 Gift basket Rickard Nursery 12 Gift basket Pam Britt 13 1 dozen Pro-V1 golf balls William Mattar 14 Kings of the Blues 3 CD set Confer Plastics 15...

Accepting applications for Explorer Post for 2018-2019 school year

Our Explorer Post had their last meeting on Wednesday. They heard from ECC professor Greg Gillis about educational paths related to engineering and manufacturing.   Our next session begins in October. We are already accepting applicants for the program.   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!   We like this program...

Becca’s Closet to hold prom makeover at our facility

Our friend Paula Travis runs a branch of Becca’s Closet out of our distribution center on Liberty Drive in Wheatfield. Becca’s Closet distributes prom dresses and accessories to young ladies in need. As we head into prom season, Paula is taking it one step further and hosting a free prom makeover on Friday, June 15th starting at 3:00 PM. Empire Beauty School will be on site offering FREE hairdos for girls attending Niagara Falls High School’s prom. This is by appointment. A representative from Mary K will be on site doing makeup. Nail Design will be provided by Color Street Nails. PLEASE READ: ***Any NFHS girl wanting their hair done must bring school ID ***Wash and Dry Hair before coming ***Bring any gems or special hair accessories with you If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please email Paula Travis at ladytinny559@gmail.com Please share this with any young ladies whom you know in Niagara Falls. The Becca’s Closet office is at Confer Plastics distribution center at 2107 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield (Niagara Falls...

Hot weather message for our coworkers: 29 May 2018

We’re in a weather pattern that is totally unusual for Western New York in late-May. As I write this on Tuesday, Wednesday’s temps could exceed 90 degrees while Thursday is forecast to be 86.   So, here’s a reminder about our heat policy for Wednesday and Thursday:   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 90+ “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...

Confer to display at Niagara air show’s STEM Expo

The Thunder of Niagara Air Show will feature something new for kids, teens and families this year — the STEM Expo. The purpose of the Expo is to increase the local Science, Technology, Engineering and Math talent pool by exposing as many students and young adults as possible to STEM opportunities. This will provide the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Air Force, the 914th Air Refueling Wing and local manufacturers a platform to show off technical facilities, equipment, and various STEM concepts to large numbers of WNY students and young adults. We will be there showing off what we do and talking about how we do it. Be sure to pay us a visit! Details here:...

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...