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…

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing – Production Has Begun

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing is a student video contest among 7th/8th graders in Erie County. Twelve middle school teams are paired with a sponsoring manufacturer to be featured in their video– showcasing cool manufacturing jobs and career opportunities in …

From Service to Sales

by Lisa Pustelak, Employee Development Specialist, LEDGE Enterprises There are an abundance of customer service representatives that have to meet certain sales metrics in order to retain their position in today’s ever changing and competitive marketplace. Some people can naturally…

A Kata Introduction: Football Analogy

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC During an event on December 7th in Erie, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about kata with insights from Mike Rother, engineer, researcher and author of several books including Toyota Kata, and experience the…