Wax On, Wax Off- Coaching Kata

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Last month, readers were introduced to kata – a deliberate pattern of structured routine to learn, improve, and master specific skill sets. Regardless if the targeted skill is a specific martial art, a musical instrument,…

Lean Together™ group Meets at Thompson Fabricating

The Lean Together™ working group from Mercer County were at Thompson Fabricating in Wheatland PA yesterday for their monthly meeting. The group participants had a company tour by their host, and they were able to see first-hand a stand-up team…

Critical Thinking is a Choice

by Lisa Pustelak, Employee Development Specialist, LEDGE Enterprises In this world of instant gratification, we need to be extra careful of the way we think. Critical thinking skills continue to decline as we get used to a ‘quick fix’ for…

NWIRC is on the Move!

The Erie office of Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is moving tomorrow (January 25th). We’re excited to move to a convenient location, have onsite facilities for hosting our training events, and continue serving small to mid-sized manufacturers in 13 counties…

The Role and Success Factors of a Lean Champion

by Craig Corsi, Lean Specialist Companies who have a thriving lean program are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. This is someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve the organization’s operational…

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…