The Impact of Low Temperatures

by Darren Sadowski, Advantage Energy Partners This winter season has brought record low temperatures to the Northeastern region of the country. These temperatures are dramatically increasing the amount of energy required to keep businesses operating at normal conditions. During cold…

Lean Together™ group Meets at Thompson Fabricating

The Lean Together™ working group from Mercer County were at Thompson Fabricating in Wheatland PA yesterday for their monthly meeting. The group participants had a company tour by their host, and they were able to see first-hand a stand-up team…

NWIRC is on the Move!

The Erie office of Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is moving tomorrow (January 25th). We’re excited to move to a convenient location, have onsite facilities for hosting our training events, and continue serving small to mid-sized manufacturers in 13 counties…

TIME TO TRANSITION: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor It’s another new year and you’ve finally decided to retire. Bravo! Statistically, if you’re like 70% to 80% of other business owners, your business is your retirement fund. And while you have a…

What’s So Cool about Manufacturing is Rolling Along

As the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) student teams work on their videos, it’s time for teachers, family, friends, and company employees to get connected. Get contest updates on Facebook and Twitter @wscmnw….and mark your calendar for Viewer’s Choice…

Reflect, Celebrate, and Look Ahead

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC It’s 2018! NWIRC is excited to be celebrating a very special milestone… 30 years serving small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in northwestern Pennsylvania. We’re proud to be a trusted business partner to our clients, an…

Over 80 Manufacturers Participate in Improvement Kata

Mike Rother, researcher and author (Learning to See, Toyota Kata, and others books) was NWIRC’s guest last month to share Improvement Kata. Over 80 manufacturers attended his session describing how improvement kata can help employees work as a team to…

Building Scientific Thinking Habits by Practicing Kata

by Mike Rother, Engineer, Researcher, Teacher, and Author Lean training seemed fairly straightforward in the 1990s, as it focused on tools and general concepts. But deeper study of Toyota showed us that its visible tools and practices are built on…