SEPCO-ERIE: Improvement Kata Makes Problem-Solving Second Nature

Founded in the mid-1960s, SEPCO-Erie has progressed from a one-man, one-car garage operation focusing strictly on electronics production to a 17,000-square-foot, air-conditioned facility that primarily works with CNC machining and ultra-modern tube cutting techniques to provide various components for local…

NWIRC Interview on WQLN

In case you missed the interview by NWIRC President Bob Zaruta on WQLN a few weeks ago….you can listen to it here. Zaruta talks with WQLN Radio and We Question & Learn’s host, Tom Pysz, about Northwest Industrial Resource Center…

Introducing the Teams for WSCM Northwest

The Northwest Contest of What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) for middle schools in Erie and Crawford Counties is off and running. WSCM is a student video contest with the goal to create awareness within the schools and the community…

Smart Manufacturing Concepts can Help

by Kevin Jones, Owner/Founder, Ectobox, Inc Got Issues? Manufacturers are dealing with increasing pressures. The pressures are from competition in their market, more difficulty hiring operators, and valuable and historical knowledge walking out of the door with retirees, among others.…

Using Lean in the Office

Most in the manufacturing industry know about lean successes for manufacturing processes and applications. However, many don’t think about applying lean principles to administrative processes or, if they do, struggle with applying the concepts. Lean principles focus on reductions in…

Growing Your Topline Profitably

by Bob Zaruta, NWIRC President/CEO Sales may be up, but are your profit margins where they should be, or could be? Let’s face it, not all customers are a good fit.  Relationships, conditions, and terms change over time. Certainly, your…

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Day 2018

This Oct. 5, Pennsylvania is joining the celebration for National Manufacturing Day to help promote the fulfilling career opportunities offered by the PA manufacturing industry. Help us spread the word about modern manufacturing, its positive impact on the economy, and…