TIME TO TRANSITION: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor It’s another new year and you’ve finally decided to retire. Bravo! Statistically, if you’re like 70% to 80% of other business owners, your business is your retirement fund. And while you have a…

What’s So Cool about Manufacturing is Rolling Along

As the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM) student teams work on their videos, it’s time for teachers, family, friends, and company employees to get connected. Get contest updates on Facebook and Twitter @wscmnw….and mark your calendar for Viewer’s Choice…

Lean: Getting Down to Basics

If you’re thinking about venturing down the Lean path in 2018, or looking to have additional employees trained to support your existing Lean culture, the Lean Basic Training class offered at the end of this month should be considered. The…

Reflect, Celebrate, and Look Ahead

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC It’s 2018! NWIRC is excited to be celebrating a very special milestone… 30 years serving small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in northwestern Pennsylvania. We’re proud to be a trusted business partner to our clients, an…

First Grads of Lean Together™

NWIRC initiated the Lean Together™ working group for operational excellence last January for manufacturing companies in Erie and Crawford County. The group included participants from SEPCO, Channellock, McInnes Rolled Rings, Machining Concepts, American Turned Products, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Acutec…

Over 80 Manufacturers Participate in Improvement Kata

Mike Rother, researcher and author (Learning to See, Toyota Kata, and others books) was NWIRC’s guest last month to share Improvement Kata. Over 80 manufacturers attended his session describing how improvement kata can help employees work as a team to…

Building Scientific Thinking Habits by Practicing Kata

by Mike Rother, Engineer, Researcher, Teacher, and Author Lean training seemed fairly straightforward in the 1990s, as it focused on tools and general concepts. But deeper study of Toyota showed us that its visible tools and practices are built on…