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Where did the idea for the 7200 Roll-Guard come from?

  A lot of customers like the design of the 7200 ladder which has the patented Roll-Guard safety feature which encloses the treads so kids can’t enter the swimming pool when unsupervised. Where did that idea come from? Our design engineer Dave Lipniarski refurbishes and sells antiques on the evenings and weekends. One day, he was working on a roll top desk and thought that would be a great way to enclose our ladder. You never know where an inspiration will come...

Visit us at the 2019 Pool & Spa Show

Next week we are exhibiting at the 33rd annual Atlantic City based Pool and Spa Show from January 29th – 31st, 2019.   Featured in our booth will be our popular Curve aboveground and inground step systems, as well as our very successful 7200 Roll-Guard ladder and spa steps.   We will also display our brand-new flexible panel kit that allows spa and hot tub owners to refurbish their weathered, beaten cabinets inexpensively.   Stop by booth 3025 to say “hi” to Dennis, Bruce, Jack and our sales reps.   For more information about the show, run by the Northeast Pool Spa Association, visit the NEPSA website at:...

Confer Plastics turns 46

Today is the 46th anniversary of the founding of Confer Plastics. It all started when the late Ray Confer took a job with Norton Laboratories in Lockport where he dabbled in plastics chemistry and product design during what were the formative years of the plastics industry. There, he caught the plastics bug and wanted to do more. So, in the mid-1960’s Ray put down his savings – and leveraged his home and farm – towards the purchase of plastics molding equipment. Renting space behind a small machine shop in North Tonawanda, he and his business partner, Pete Schurman, created a small company called Air Mold where they further developed blow molding technologies. A few years later, Ray opened another firm, Air Lock Plastics in Tonawanda, and brought on a couple of associates/investors. In the early 1970’s Ray decided to go out on his own. Well, actually he was forced out – by a partner at Air Lock who voted him out and said “take your little machine and leave”. (That little machine built in 1957? We still have it today and it runs like a clock. Air Lock, our competitor? They went out of business in the late 1990s.) So, Ray and Doug founded Confer Plastics, Inc. on January 22nd, 1973 with the promise of it being a family business with no outside partners. From 1973 to 1986 the company could be found off East Ave in North Tonawanda in the Roblin Steel complex. In 1986 we moved to our current location. Since then, we’ve expanded that manufacturing complex on three occasions, adding space for more – and larger...

Weather update for January 21, 2019

The winter storm came and went, but we’re still feeling the effects, especially on country roads where the wind is drifting the snow badly. Luckily, almost all of first shift (foremen, machine operators, inspectors, and material handlers) is scheduled to start today at 11:00 AM due to scheduled preventive maintenance on the chiller system. By then the winds should be less and the roads navigable. So, come in as planned. But, there is still a good number of people reporting at their regular time this morning (office, shipping, machinists, set-up), some who need special consideration based on their travels. City folk (Niagara Falls, the Tonawandas, Kenmore, Amherst, etc), you’ll be fine. But, anyone coming from rural communities (you guys and gals who live in Gasport, Newfane, Ransomville) you can start at 11:00 with the others, if you’d like…or anytime before that. The rural roads are bad this morning, take your time. Leave when the winds die down. 2nd and 3rd shift, come to work as regularly...

Sweet Home students tour CPI

As part of Erie Community College’s “Engineering Days” — a two-day event designed to showcase high-tech degree programs at ECC and examples of possible career pathways in WNY — two dozen students from Sweet Home high school spent an hour touring Confer Plastics. During the tour and post-tour conversations, students learned about design & process engineering and high-tech manufacturing and what is expected of those career paths. We encourage more manufacturers to open their doors to students — show them the world; one day it will be...

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Confer Classic

It’s not golfing weather in Western New York but it’s never too early to get ready for it. Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament. It will be held Wednesday, June 26th at Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport. All proceeds from this charity event benefit a great cause — the Iroquois Trail Council. You can download the flier and registration form here:...

Applications being accepted for Industrial Electrician

Confer Plastics is currently accepting applications for the position of Industrial Electrician. This individual would work with our maintenance team, reporting to the Maintenance Manager. This is a first shift position, Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM till 3:25 PM. Essential Functions/Duties: Inspect, troubleshoot and correct faults that appear in the electrical and controls equipment of our molding machines and auxiliary equipment including, but not limited to; programmable controllers and associated I/O devices, AC and DC Motor controls, servo motor controls, process instrumentation and process controls, temperature controls, computer based controls. Troubleshoot and replace defective control components including photoelectric and magnetic switches, solenoids, and relays. Maintain electrical equipment such as wiring, switches, switchboards, and electrical mechanisms, in good repair and operating condition. Assist machine shop in construction of fixtures to simplify and automate production. Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Completion of a trade school program in electrical (whether as a high school vocational student or an adult continuing education student) or satisfactory completion of an electrical apprenticeship program. Minimum (1) year electrical experience. Basic knowledge and understanding of machine technology, construction and operation.  Understanding of standard electrical test equipment. Understanding of AC/DC currents, circuits, conductors and terminology. Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, sketches, layouts, circuit diagrams or specifications. Must be knowledgeable of OSHA and other required safety requirements, especially those related to electrical/electronic operations and components. To apply: Please send a resume with copies of training and/or apprenticeship certificates via email (plastics@conferplastics.com) or postal mail: Confer Plastics, 97 Witmer Rd., North Tonawanda, NY...

Toy drive for Veterans’ families

Warrior House is an organization that benefits veterans and their families. It was started by reclaiming an abandoned property in Shelby in Orleans County and restoring the house to host disabled veterans for various hunts throughout the year. A few years ago, they expanded the program to assist local veteran families in need for the holidays as well. Their next event will be a Christmas offering through which the organization provides a Christmas meal and gifts for children to veteran families that did not have extra money to spend on Christmas. Last year they served 17 families at Christmas and would like to do more than that this year. We will hold a toy drive for them this year as we did the last 2 years. If you can, donate a new unwrapped children’s toy no later than next Friday, December 7th. The drop box will be located outside of the foremen’s office. Sarah from Adecco – who is one of Warrior House’s volunteers — will pick up the box on the 7th. To learn more about Warrior House, visit...

CPI to work with Buffalo Charter School on video project

Over the course of the next few months we will be working with students from Buffalo Charter School as they tackle a video contest being run by the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturers Alliance and Northland Workforce Training Center.   This competition challenges the students to explain “what’s so cool about manufacturing.” In the contest, Buffalo Charter will be competing against 9 other middle school teams from across the region.   The video the students will be making will be a compilation of interviews of factory personnel along with general footage they will take of the facility. There is an “American Idol” style voting system that is used to choose the video for the People’s Choice award.   We look forward to giving the students a chance to go after the big prize and we think our super-massive machines will help make some great footage for...

Meet our veterans in logistics

We close our our series recognizing our veterans by having you meet Stan Knight, who works at our warehouse in Buffalo, and Jack Johnpier, who is our seasonal/back-up truck driver. We appreciate their service to our country. Thank you for keeping America — and the world —...

CPI continues to move up in the Plastics News rankings

This week, Plastics News — the industry’s go-to weekly magazine — released their annual ranking of North American blow molders. Their analysis includes bottle makers as well as large-parts blow molders like us.   Confer Plastics is now ranked as the 44th largest blow molder on the continent. Five years ago at this time we were the 64th largest.   Check out the database and rankings here:   http://www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/blow-molders   We are very pleased with the ranking as most all of the plants ahead of us on the list are high-volume bottle and automotive manufacturers. In our niche, we remain among just a handful of large-parts blow molders in the top 50.   Thank you to our coworkers, customers and vendors who make this all...

Recognizing our first shift veterans

Today, we recognize our veterans on 1st shift…   We do Veterans Day the right way at Confer Plastics.To recognize the folks who DESERVE to have Veterans Day off, only Confer Plastics and Adecco personnel who are veterans or currently serving in the armed forces will have next Monday off and get the holiday pay that comes with it. The rest of the workforce will be working.   We do this to recognize the men and women who risked life, limb, and livelihood to ensure that we all have the freedoms that we enjoy.   These individuals will be made conspicuous by their absence at the plant, which will really hammer home the value that these folks have to our company AND our country.   These gentlemen on our first shift who were members of our armed forces are Cliff Hoover, Gary Warner, Robert Koteras, Carl Ealy, and Larry Szafranski.   We thank them for keeping America — and the world —...