The Tours and Journey of 2 Second Lean

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As NWIRC prepares to launch another Lean Together™ cohort in early 2020, we are reflecting on some of the numbers from the first two years of the program. The most staggering statistic is that the…

A Framework for Becoming a High-Performance Organization

by Max Krug, Change Management Specialist, Future State Engineering Often when companies start working on improving their business, the process does not go very far. They may be lacking a fundamental system and a formal approach where current paradigms are…

Improve Your EQ

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor When working with companies on improving culture, topics often requested are along the lines of Leadership Skills, Effective Communications and Generational Diversity. It’s not uncommon to hear comments such as “Well, Joe’s the…

NWIRC Welcomes New Accountant – Theresa Hinspeter

NWIRC welcomes Theresa Hinspeter as their new accountant and internal auditor upon the retirement of Donna Niedzwecki. Theresa brings over 27 years of accounting experience in non-profit and manufacturing settings and holds a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University…

Recent Meeting of PA Manufacturing Caucuses

Directors of the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Centers, including NWIRC’s Robert Zaruta, recently convened in Harrisburg to attend a meeting of the House and Senate Manufacturing Caucuses. The purpose of the meeting was for House and Senate members to hear first-hand,…

4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

by Matt Minner, Catalyst Connection There is a lot of buzz these days in the manufacturing sector about robots — and how they can help manufacturers address some of the challenges they face in today’s market, such as increased productivity…

Road Trip for Manufacturing Day

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC October flew by, but not without a flurry of activity promoting the industry for Manufacturing Day (Week and Month)! NWIRC’s key focus throughout the year is manufacturing, but it’s great to spend extra attention on…

MFG Day Tour at Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) continued their series of tours for Manufacturing Day with a recent visit to Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating (SFPC). PA State Representative Lee James, along with NWIRC President, Bob Zaruta, toured their 46,000 square foot…