NW PA Plastic Manufacturers Meeting Today

Approximately 25 manufacturing companies in the plastics industry are meeting today to discuss opportunities with the new Shell cracker plant being built in Beaver County. The facilitated meeting will focus on how companies in northwest PA can share challenges, provide…

Manufacturer Benefits from Sales Process Mapping

“Specialty Metal Products recently attended the NWIRC’s Sales Process Mapping workshop. I was hoping for a few tips and tricks to help mitigate pain points in a cumbersome strategic roadmap.  What I got, was a brilliant cornerstone foundation on which…

Sustaining Your Business for the Long-Term

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor I recently heard an employee say, “I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve really enjoyed working for (the owner), but when he leaves, I’m outta here!” In manufacturing, each owner brings their…

Focus on the DoD Supply Chain

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Several economic development partners within the 13-county footprint of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) will soon begin an initiative aimed at assisting companies impacted by declining contract revenues from the Department of Defense (DoD).…

Failure Modes Training Scheduled for Meadville

A failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) training is scheduled for September 12, 2017 in Meadville. FMEA helps uncover potential failures before they occur while investigating at-risk processes, components, or whole products. An upcoming training class offered by Northwest Industrial…

Plastic Manufacturing Supply Chain Meeting

The plastics industry in northwest Pennsylvania is anticipating supply chain growth with the addition of the Shell cracker facility in Beaver County. An invitation is being extended to leaders of plastic manufacturing companies in northwest PA to discuss whether an…

Solar Atmospheres Makes Impact with 2 Second Lean

Solar Atmospheres, a Hermitage PA manufacturer specializing in vacuum heat treating, is a member of NWIRC’s Lean Together™ working group in Mercer County. Company President, Bob Hill, embraced the 2 Second Lean methodology immediately at the group’s first meeting in…

Recognizing 2017 Commitment to Erie Finalists

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) congratulates all of the 2017 Commitment to Erie finalists….and a special shout out to the manufacturers in the mix. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 19 at a special event. See all the finalists…