Help with Training Plans

NWIRC recently published a catalog with continuous improvement and quality-related training sessions to educate and engage employees for your company’s journey in operational excellence. We know today’s competitive environment requires manufacturers to be agile, efficient, and responsive to customer needs.…

Weather the Storm by Developing Strong Roots

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist and Strategic Business Advisor Last month, NWIRC’s President, Bob Zaruta, spoke about the “Roots of Resiliency” and said to think of “employees of a company as being the roots of a business in…

Traditional Lean vs 2 Second Lean

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Expert and Lean Together Facilitator As a lean practitioner for nearly 23 years, I was taught the practices, techniques, and methodologies of lean manufacturing through a large OEM. Even beyond my professional experience at GE,…

Commonalities in Manufacturing: The Rest of the Story

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager Paul Harvey was an ABC News radio broadcaster who hosted a program called “The Rest of the Story”. The program offered true backstories about people and events. When we look at what…

Growing with Supplier Scouting

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Manufacturers as well as federal, state and local agencies need critical products that are in short supply to ensure our nation’s health and safety as well as our national and economic security. Small and medium-sized…

Honing in on 8 Wastes: Part 4

A 4-part series to examine and elevate awareness of the 8 wastes in manufacturing (DOWNTIME). Eight Wastes: Part 4 The unnecessary movement of people, information or equipment is Motion waste. This can occur because of workspace layout, disorganization, misplace items,…

Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage

by John Bridgen, Senior Automation Engineer, Neff Automation Growing your manufacturing business profitably with a declining pool of skilled employees is an increasing challenge that businesses in northwestern Pennsylvania are facing. As an example, executives at two area companies recently…

Roots of Resiliency

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Through our direct and deep interactions with manufacturing companies over the past several months, we have found a range of activity due to the pandemic. At one end of the spectrum, 18% of them are…