Onboarding Best Practices

By Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist Are you tired of your new hires not lasting 30 days? Do you have people who leave for lunch and never come back? Have you tried to offer incentives or hiring bonuses to…

SPC for Your Quality Management System Toolbox

Manufacturing companies strive for a culture of continuous improvement and statistical process control (SPC) consists of basic methods to increase effectiveness. SPC charts are powerful tools to alert you to process issues that could potentially lead to a defect. Knowing…

Content Marketing Internship Opportunity at Erie Manufacturer

NWIRC is seeking a Content Marketing Intern for a manufacturer in Erie, PA. Our client manufactures a patented one-person loading, unloading, and securing system for enclosed vehicle trailers hauling exotic and collectible cars. This growing manufacturer seeks a creative, energetic…

Shift Change: Manufacturers Changing the Way They Do Business

By Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor Generational diversity often looks at issues with generations communicating ineffectively resulting in lost productivity. Often, we hear “They don’t do things (ie, work, learn, have the same values) like we do.” The newest…

What Can Trigger an OSHA Inspection?

It’s probably ‘safe’ to say that safety is a top priority for manufacturers. Most companies try to be proactive in providing a safe environment for their employees. They also take similar measures with their customers and other visitors. According to…

4 Steps to Evaluate Customer Profitability

by Michael Griffith, NWIRC Manufacturing Technology Engineer Happy New Year! For many of our regional manufacturers, 2018 sales revenues gave plenty of cause for celebration. The U.S. economy is expected to have grown over 3% during 2018 and many northwest…