Challenges and Resolutions

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Every December, I take time to reflect on the year we are leaving behind and look forward to the year ahead. This year has been a year of opportunities and challenges for manufacturers in our…

How Do We Find Good People?

By Max Krug, Eminence Consulting One of the biggest challenges that organizations face when managing and growing their business is being able to hire and maintain good people. However, when performing evaluations of many organizations, one of the biggest issues…

SEPCO-ERIE: Improvement Kata Makes Problem-Solving Second Nature

Founded in the mid-1960s, SEPCO-Erie has progressed from a one-man, one-car garage operation focusing strictly on electronics production to a 17,000-square-foot, air-conditioned facility that primarily works with CNC machining and ultra-modern tube cutting techniques to provide various components for local…

NWIRC Interview on WQLN

In case you missed the interview by NWIRC President Bob Zaruta on WQLN a few weeks ago….you can listen to it here. Zaruta talks with WQLN Radio and We Question & Learn’s host, Tom Pysz, about Northwest Industrial Resource Center…

Introducing the Teams for WSCM Northwest

The Northwest Contest of What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) for middle schools in Erie and Crawford Counties is off and running. WSCM is a student video contest with the goal to create awareness within the schools and the community…