NWIRC Regional Office Moves to Launchbox

NWIRC has recently moved their DuBois office to the Launchbox-powered by Penn State DuBois. “NWIRC already has several training programs scheduled at the Launchbox and we look forward to future collaborations now that we are located in the space,” said…

Your Vision for 2020

Your Vision for 2020: Improving your company’s competitiveness, winning new business, and becoming more profitable! Is your company losing its competitive edge and missing new growth opportunities? Is it because: • Employees don’t connect with the goals and direction of…

Industry Forum to Focus on Attract, Develop and Retain

NWIRC is partnering with Penn-Northwest Development Corporation, West Central Job Partnership, and Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce to present the Industry Forum, ‘Attract, Develop, and Retain Employees’. The program will be held at the Park Inn by Radisson in West…

Clearly, Employees are Key to Continuous Improvement

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC It’s always fun visiting manufacturing companies throughout the region, especially those who NWIRC has helped with an improvement or training project. Over the past two years, we’ve worked with 35 companies in Lean Together who,…

Exit Planning Recap: What is the best Advice?

by Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor, NWIRC; Galliard trained Family Business Advisor One of the most frequently asked questions is, “When is the best time to start exit planning?” Forbes Magazine advises at least 10 years to truly leverage the…

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…