The best way to understand NWIRC management services and impact is to review a few case studies shown below.

Bliley Technologies, Inc.: Market Research and Beyond

Bliley Technologies Inc. was originally founded as the Bliley Piezo-Electric Company in 1930 manufacturing quartz crystals for the amateur radio market. In the mid-1930s, their customers and products soon broadened to match the interests of military and commercial communications fields and they became the largest quartz crystal company with 11 employees. Today, Bliley is a leader … Continued

Oxex, Inc: STEM Manufacturing Intern Produces Big Results

Onex began in 1965 as a supplier to the many foundries in the Erie, PA area, stocking refractory products for a major refractory manufacturer. In the 1980s, they branched out into other heat intensive industries. As the number of foundries in Erie began to decline, they diversified into a broader offering of products and services such as: … Continued

Jamestown Coating Technologies: Eye on the Prize with Risk Management

Jamestown Coating Technologies knows first-hand the importance of safety after experiencing a devastating fire over 65 years ago. Since then, safety of employees and the community became an even greater concern. They produce environmentally friendly industrial paint and coatings designed for unique applications. The company chemists work closely with customers to develop coatings with unique … Continued

Abbott Furnace: Journey to Become Lean Champions

Abbott Furnace, a manufacturer of industrial sintering furnaces, was looking for change on their production floor. As with many manufacturers today, they wanted to increase efficiencies with the goal of reducing costs and increasing profits. Abbott’s Inventory Control Specialist, Susan Williams, shared with the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) the company’s needs and previous initiatives … Continued

Global Fabrication Gains Apprentice Insights

Global Fabrication, Inc. of Dubois, PA was looking to increase sales and reduce operating costs by streamlining engineering procedures and improving production efficiency.  The Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) helped develop the framework for an apprentice project that would support their existing engineering staff to improve estimating, scheduling, and manufacturing operations. NWIRC’s Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice … Continued

Dangelo’s Custom Built: Website Gets a KickStart

Derek Dangelo knew his company’s website needed some attention. “We wanted to increase sales and market share,” said Dangelo, Owner and President of Dangelo’s Custom Built in Kane, PA. “We thought we might be missing a significant number of opportunities due to our outdated website and we needed a professional upgrade.” Dangelo’s Custom Built began … Continued

Kuhn Tool & Die: Expansion Fueled by Business Development Strategy

Kuhn Tool and Die has been a staple of the Crawford County, PA community for over 50 years. A second-generation family-owned business, the company has had steady growth and is a well-respected voice in the local manufacturing community. Starting—like many employers in the area—as one toolmaker in a garage, the company eventually moved into a facility on Davis Street … Continued

SEPCO Automates Success

  Can cool robots and machines drive up sales and profits? At South Erie Production Company (SEPCO), President and Owner, Dan Ignasiak, thinks so! Ignasiak knew someday SEPCO would have a robot operating one of their machines, not only because of the coolness factor, but because of the efficiencies it would afford the company. In … Continued