Are You Ready for Automation?

by Michael Griffith, Manufacturing Technology Engineer Being a competitive manufacturer in the global marketplace means reducing your cost of operations, reacting quickly to customer needs, and utilizing technology and a skilled workforce to increase manufacturing efficiencies. All of which can…

Register for Manufacturing Day 2015

It’s not too early to plan activities for this year’s Manufacturing Day on October 2. Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job…

See You on the Radio!

The Northwest Industrial Resource Center’s (NWIRC) Gerry Schneggenburger, Chief Operating Officer and Michael Griffith, Manufacturing Technology Engineer, recently spent some time at WQLN. Tom Pysz, host of WQLN radio show We Question & Learn, interviewed them for an episode of…

Morning Huddle Series

NWIRC will host brief educational sessions throughout our 2015/2016 training season on topics to help manufacturers fine tune their business. The schedule of topics for these sessions, branded as the Morning Huddle, can be found on our website at http://www.nwirc.org/training-and-events/schedule/.…

NWIRC Welcomes New Program Coordinator to the Team

Gretchen Reinard has joined NWIRC as the Program Coordinator for the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Program (AMAP). She will manage and coordinate apprenticeships that connect client Northwest PA manufacturers with regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) University and technical school…

Retirement Best Wishes

  The NWIRC Family wishes Ron May, Director of Operations and IT Administration, the best of luck as he retires at the end of June 2015. He joined the NWIRC in July, 2011 after serving for seven years at eBizITPA…

Educational Opportunity: Total Cost of Ownership

How does a company decide whether to produce and source domestically or offshore?  More and more manufacturers are completing a Total Cost of Ownership Analysis (TCO) to compare the total costs of sourcing offshore versus domestically.  A TCO Analysis considers…

Congratulations to Governor’s Impact Award Winners!

  The 3rd Annual Governor’s Impact Awards were announced at a ceremony on May 21, 2015. NWIRC congratulates this years’ award recipients who are manufacturers’ in our region.       COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD: American Refining Group (Bradford)   ENTREPRENEUR…