Lean Together™ Kick-Off Features Keynote from Viking Plastics

The kick-off for Lean Together™, a working group for operational excellence, is scheduled for January 17th from 8-10am at Erie’s Bayfront Sheraton Hotel. This kick-off meeting breakfast will provide an introduction to the group’s facilitator Jerry Sobrowski and feature keynote…

Working Group Forming to Support Lean Culture

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is forming an operational excellence working group with the goal of helping companies who are looking to create and/or sustain a Lean culture. No matter where your company falls in the process of Lean manufacturing,…

Deploying a Lean Champion: Their Role and Success Factors

by Craig Corsi, Lead Consultant Vie Associates, LLC Companies who have a thriving lean program are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. This is someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve…

Help for Your Continuous Improvement Journey

Being on a continuous improvement journey means the job is never done. There are always opportunities to improve, streamline more processes, reduce more waste, and enhance team commitment. Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has upcoming programs to help. A Lean…

5S is More Than a “Spring Cleaning” Exercise

by Craig Corsi, Lead Consultant , Vie Associates, LLC With the season upon us, some of us may have already begun tackling those chores we have on our spring cleanup checklist. It’s an annual rite-of-passage for many of us this…

Lean 5S Training

Due to popular demand, NWIRC has added a Lean 5S Training to the schedule for June 25th. This program has an option of 1-day classroom instruction or a 4-day package which includes the classroom instruction and 3 days onsite at…

Steps to Improve Your On-Time Delivery

By Craig Corsi, NWIRC Lean Specialist January 8, 2015 Do you know how much late deliveries are costing your organization? Some of the costs are immediate and obvious, such as disgruntled customers, premiums for freight, overtime pay and possibly customer…