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…

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…