Evolution of Energy Demand Response

Michael Senff, President, Advantage Energy Partners Over the last 10 years, Demand Response (DR) participation has increased and continues to provide electricity consumers with an opportunity to leverage their consumption behaviors/patterns to optimize their energy costs. During this time, the…

Assessing Your Company’s Culture

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC There has been quite a buzz in recent years about developing a corporate culture, especially pertaining to lean and continuous improvement. Whether you engage in lean principles or not, do you know some of the…

North Central Manufacturers Eyeing the Start of Lean Together™

The objective of the Lean Together™ Program is to help manufacturers create, develop, and sustain a culture of lean continuous improvement through a collaborative learning platform consisting of peer to peer assistance, professionally facilitated classroom training sessions, and onsite coaching…

Succession Planning: Why Here – Why Now?

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor Did you know there are approximately 2,100 manufacturers in Northwest PA? Similar to national averages, the vast majority of those (64%) are companies with less than 20 employees. The average age of an…

Thigpen Honored as Entrepreneur of the Year

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) congratulates Board Member, John Thigpen, for his recent honor as Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Thiel College Haller Enterprise Institute! Thigpen is the General Manager of ILSCO Extrusions in Greenville Pa. See the complete…

Learning Lean Accounting

Author and consultant, Jean Cunningham, began her class yesterday by defining the difference between “accounting for lean” and “lean for accounting”. The former being the work and information that the accounting department provides for their internal customers in a lean…