Confer Plastics takes part in Niagara University’s Earth Day

On Wednesday, April 18th, Niagara University hosted its Earth Day Eco Fair. Students and staff were able to visit with numerous organizations at the campus’s Gallagher Center. Among the organizations represented were the Sierra Club, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Confer Plastics had a booth there. Connie Confer and Mark King discussed our green practices with visitors while talking about how consumers and manufacturers alike can be better and more environmentally-sound in their use and re-use of plastics. Our team discussed the ills of water bottles, plastic bags and microbeads while highlighting the benefits of clean energy, UV additives, and recycling among other practices. They also discussed the benefits that plastics provide society with durable goods, medical equipment and technological...

Accepting applications for our Explorer Post for 2018-2019 school year

There are just two months left for the 2017-2018 session of the Explorer Post at Confer Plastics. We are already accepting applicants for the program for the next school year. 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! You can read an October newspaper article about our post here: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/…/article_2b6ee22a-7de5-5a29… We like this program because we’re always...

Prom dress distribution: Friday, April 6th

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…. The Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport runs a chapter of Becca’s Closet at our facility and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses — and 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. Our dear friend Paula Travis hosts fittings and distributions at the Confer Plastics warehouse facility at 2107 Liberty Drive in Wheatfield (Niagara Falls maildrop). You will find the Becca’s Closet service center in the front office. Upon arrival, head to the door at the octagonal-shaped office. The next distribution is this Friday, April 6th from 1pm till 7pm. If you would like to set-up an appointment or want more information about this chapter of Becca’s Closet, please contact Paula at ladytinny559@gmail.com or 716.471.6446. Please take advantage of this wonderful offer and the charity of Paula, her team, and their donors — it’s there for the girls, to make sure every one of them can enjoy that special...

Easter weekend holiday 2018

Confer Plastics will be closed on Friday, March 30th in observance of Good Friday. Enjoy the long Easter weekend with your family. May your holiday be a memorable one.

Buffalo students tour Confer Plastics

On Tuesday, March 27th, a dozen Career & Technical students from Buffalo’s Olmsted High School toured Confer Plastics. They got to see our plant in operation and they heard about careers in manufacturing — whether on the production floor or behind the scenes. Our team also talked to them about the corresponding educational paths like college, trade school, and high school vocational...

2nd shift foreman Ron Harshman is retiring

Thursday will mark the final day of work for Ron Harshman. Ron is retiring after having worked here for 15 years as the second shift foreman.   Prior to working at CPI, Ron spent 14 years at Exolon ESK in Tonawanda as a supervisor before that facility was bought and closed by the new owners. Before that, he spent 10 years at Carborundum Abrasives in Niagara Falls.   Ron will be missed at the plant. He has always been a father figure of sorts to so many young people who worked on the afternoon shift. We wish him the very best in retirement as he can now spend time with his wife Sharon and their family. Ron is a doting grandfather – so there are a lot of fun times ahead.   His first day at the plant was March 24th, 2003. So we can understand how long ago Ron started here, this is what happened in March of 2003…   A USA-led coalition launched an invasion of Iraq, beginning the Iraq War “Chicago” won the Academy Award for best picture Fidel Castro was elected to a 6th term as president of Cuba The Dow Jones was at 7,500 The Space Shuttle Columbia’s black box was found in Texas SARS was the big health scare – there were more than 100 cases in Toronto...

Attention First Shift: Food truck service now available

A message for our first shift coworkers:   Queen City Foods will be stopping by daily on 1st shift for about 10 to 15 minutes. This service will begin March 21st and she plans to be here just before 11:00 daily.A second truck will arrive between 1:00 and 1:15.   1st shift’s assembly crews on the big machines will go on lunch break at 10:55 every week day so they can utilize the food truck’s services.   As for others on 1st shift, if you aren’t scheduled for a break at 11:00 or 1:00 let the assistant foreman know by 10:00 if you’d like anything from the food truck and he will place the order and get the food for you.   We are sorry, but Queen City does not offer service for 2nd or 3rd shift.   A full version of the menu will be posted in the...

John Schneider to retire after 35 years

This Wednesday will mark the final day of work for John Schneider. John is retiring after having worked here for more than 35 years as a technician and foreman, with most of those years on first shift. He started his Confer career at our old plant on East Ave inside the old Roblin Steel building.   Prior to working at CPI, John spent 12 years at JH Williams in Buffalo, starting there in 1970. Williams was a long-time manufacturer of hand tools like wrenches and pliers. That company closed its Buffalo operations and the site is now occupied by a General Motors plant.   His first day at the plant was August 20th, 1982. How long ago was that? To put it into perspective, when John filled out his application he indicated he wanted to start at $4.00/hour. Here are some newsworthy things that happened that month…   Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base to break Lou Brock’s record single season record The USA and USSR competed against one another with 4 nuclear tests, each one bigger than the next Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra” hit #1 on the music charts Israel bombed and invaded Beirut and PLO leader Yasser Arafat barely escaped Lebanon alive ET was still dominating the summer box office, followed by Poltergeist   John has been a joy to work with all these years. We will miss him here. We wish him the very best in retirement and nothing but happy times with his family and all of his...

Special golf raffle to benefit Boy Scouts

Leading up to and during our Confer Classic Golf Tournament we will be selling special raffle tickets for $50. Only 200 of these tickets will be sold. The winner will receive a one year all-inclusive pass (golf, cart, driving range privileges) for 2 to our host course, Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant. The cash value of this prize is $4,390. The pass will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. All proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts!! We will have raffle tickets available in 2 weeks. If you’d like one, please send a check for $50 payable to “Iroquois Trail Council” to Bob Confer at Confer Plastics, 97 Witmer Rd. North Tonawanda, NY...

WGRZ feature on Becca’s Closet

If you missed WGRZ’s Daybreak this morning, they ran a story on the chapter of Becca’s Closet run by Paula Travis and other volunteers from Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport. The program gives prom dresses to girls in need. The report was filmed at the Becca Closet office that is at the Confer Plastics warehouse at 2107 Liberty Drive in Niagara Falls.   They will be holding a dress distribution there on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 to 2:00.   Future dates can be found on their website here:   http://www.beccascloset.org/chapters/zion-lutheran-church/   Here’s the WGRZ report:  ...

Winter storm impact: March 2, 2018

The winter storm has been playing havoc with the roads since Thursday evening. Half of 3rd shift did not make it in due to the storm. We are open for business, but it is at the discretion of 1st shift personnel if they would like to work on Friday, March 2nd because the morning drive will be a mess. 2nd and 3rd shift Friday will see regular business because the roads will be fine by then. If you are not coming in for first shift, call in so the foreman knows for scheduling — but please note, the factory phone line is acting up so call the office phone at 716.693.2056 and leave a message on Bob’s extension (221). Any third shift personnel who didn’t work Thursday night and any first shift personnel who don’t work Friday will be granted an excused absence because of the weather…and if you did miss those weather-effected shifts and work Saturday, Saturday will still count as OT (given you worked the other 4 fair weather days this...

Coworkers: Notice about potential winter storm for March 1 & 2, 2018

A message to our coworkers: After being teased with warm, spring-like weather recently, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for tonight and tomorrow morning.   Based on the timing of the storm, it will likely impact first shift (and the end of third) on Friday morning. I don’t see this having an impact on 2nd and 3rd shift Friday evening/night.   Here’s a reminder about our snow day policy… If we are closed, there will be a posting on Confer Plastics’ Facebook page and the news page on our website, www.conferplastics.com. If we are closed, Adecco and Confer staff will attempt to call you. If there is a driving BAN in Niagara County, do not come in. We will be closed. If you live in Erie County and there is a driving BAN only there, do not come in, even though we will be open. If there is a travel ADVISORY in Niagara County, we will still be open. Travel at your own discretion. If you live in Erie County and there is a travel ADVISORY only there, travel at your discretion. If you are not coming in, leave a message on the factory phone so the foreman knows: 716.695.1023. If your shift is cancelled or you are impacted by a ban or advisory, you can still collect overtime on Saturday given that you worked your other scheduled shifts this week. Any missed work because of a ban or advisory will count as an excused absence. If the 3rd shift foremen is informed of hazardous conditions on the roads (bans and advisories) Thursday night/Friday morning...