Buffalo Niagara has a rich history of manufacturing success. As an important industry in our economy, manufacturing companies have a plethora of resources available in our region to help their manufacturing companies grow and evolve. The Shift program through Buffalo Manufacturing Works is one of those great programs.
In today’s economy, we know that people, and specifically the talents they bring with them, are the most valuable asset to a company. And retaining that talent can often be even more critical to continued success.
ReCharge NY is one of the state’s signature economic development initiatives. Through the program, qualifying businesses and nonprofits can focus on retaining jobs and strengthening their operations by controlling energy costs with stable, predictable pricing.
In 2019, Buffalo Niagara’s manufacturing industry imported nearly $11 billion in goods from other regions across the U.S. For plastics and adhesives, and electrical equipment suppliers Buffalo-Niagara looks outside our region for these products 80%+ of the time. Locating in Buffalo Niagara to feed the local supply chain is a great option for businesses to capture this marketing share.
During this unusual time, we are all asking ourselves what the new normal will look like. What are some best practices to ramp up operations and get your manufacturing plants back to running at 100%? MacLean-Fogg recently was a guest speaker on a COVID-19 webinar with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. They shared their best practices and newly implemented protocols. MacLean-Fogg partners with key customers to engineer, manufacture, and distribute products for the automotive and power utility marketplaces. Below are some of their ideas and techniques you might try at your own facility to keep everyone safe and get back up to full production.
If you’re paying attention even a little bit, you’ve heard the buzz about startups and how they are burgeoning in Buffalo. You may even have heard the phrase, “startup ecosystem” and wondered, what the heck is that?! If you are a founder, a founder-to-be (someone who’s always had the entrepreneurial spirit but isn’t sure how to get started), a thought leader, or idea generator - you’re part of the “startup ecosystem”.
New Flyer is the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in North America with 3,800 employees and thirteen facilities across the U.S. and Canada. As part of the capital plan to upgrade public transportation in the New York City area, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded New Flyer a contract to refresh the entire system’s bus fleet. The contract required a portion of the final product be manufactured in New York State.