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Public can participate in the Confer Classic’s raffle: June 26th

The fourth annual Confer Classic golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 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 26th, the public can visit the clubhouse/restaurant where the raffle will be held. General raffle: $10 will get you a sheet of tickets that has 25 raffle tickets. 3 sheets can be had for $25. Big ticket raffle: $5 each; 6 for $25 Shed raffle: $10 a ticket; 3 for $25; 8 for $50 Lottery tree raffle: $2 each; 3 for $5; 7 for $10 50/50 split: $2 each; 3 for $5; or 7 for $10. Please note: at some fundraising events the winner feels obligated to give their winnings to the non-profit. This is not allowed here. We want you to keep your winnings! All proceeds will benefit the local Boy Scouts. We are on pace this year, between the tournament and the raffle, to surpass $17,000 – this is possible only with your support. Thank you to our raffle donors and everyone who will participate. It means a lot to us, it means a lot to the scouts. NOTE: This list of prizes is growing and will be updated every couple of days before the event!     BIG TICKET RAFFLE ITEMS # ITEM DONOR 1 iPad Niagara County Sheriffs Office 2 4 tickets to a Buffalo Bills game Buffalo Bills 3 Autographed Josh Allen helmet...

Homeschoolers tour Confer Plastics

We regularly give group tours of the factory to classes and clubs from public and private schools. Today, we held our first tour that gave homeschooled students that same opportunity. We had put the invitation out on social media a couple months ago and had over 20 people — of all ages — attend today’s activity. We took the families on a plant tour, held a Q&A session, and talked about business, entrepreneurship, and career paths that can be had in the industrial sector. It was a good experiential learning event…seeing manufacturing taking place is always an eye-opener. This is the first of what will be many homeschool events. We plan to host a homeschool tour every June and December. Keep an eye on our social media this fall for date, time, and...

West Seneca students tour Confer Plastics

Today, Rio Harden from West Seneca Schools brought 15 students from her entrepreneurship class to Confer Plastics. They were able to see the factory in operation and then Bob and the tour guides talked with them about entrepreneurship — chasing the American Dream, assuming risk, and capitalizing on...

Stanley G. Falk students tour Confer Plastics

Buffalo based Stanley G. Falk School provides educational programming for students aged 5-21 years who have special learning, social, and emotional needs. The school’s vision is to help their students discover their purpose so they will make meaningful contributions to society. We helped in that regard by hosting 20 students and their teachers today, taking them on a factory tour and talking about the various educational and career paths in...

Memorial Day 2019

Confer Plastics is closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends. While it is the unofficial start to summer, also remember the reason for the holiday and take a few minutes on Monday to reflect on the sacrifices of those who gave all to create and maintain the freedom we enjoy in this great country of...

Ribbon cutting at Gratwick boat launch

May 23rd was the big day — the Confer family and officials from the City of North Tonawanda conducted a ribbon cutting of the electronic kiosk at Gratwick Park that will issue boating launch passes. The Confers came up with the idea for this project and Confer Plastics donated $10,000 to the City who did a great job of installing and integrating the system. This project came about because the Confers had concerns that tourists couldn’t access the mighty Niagara River from the park. Until now, season boating passes could be had but they needed to be applied for at the City offices during the weekday business hours. If someone wanted to boat on weeknights or weekends they would have to launch in another municipality or risk getting ticketed. This system now gives out-of-town boaters the ability to get a one-day pass for $5 that gives their families a chance to enjoy this beautiful stretch of the Niagara River that features great views, world class fishing, and extraordinary birdwatching. People come from all over the world to experience the Niagara region — and this gives them the chance. Not only does this get families outdoors, it also provides benefit to the local community — boaters will visit North Tonawanda restaurants and the City will have a new revenue stream that can be used to further enhance Gratwick and other City parks. It was a nice ceremony and we truly appreciate the kind words of City...

Prom dress distribution Sunday May 5

FREE PROM DRESS DISTRIBUTION IN NIAGARA FALLS THIS SUNDAY – MAY 5 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 Sunday, May 5th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM they will have fittings and distributions at their office at the Confer Plastics, Inc. 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...

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...