Lean Together™ Kicks Off in St Marys

The objective of the Lean Together™ Program is to help manufacturers create, develop, and sustain a culture of lean continuous improvement through a collaborative learning platform consisting of peer to peer assistance, professionally facilitated classroom training sessions, and onsite coaching…

Evolution of Energy Demand Response

Michael Senff, President, Advantage Energy Partners Over the last 10 years, Demand Response (DR) participation has increased and continues to provide electricity consumers with an opportunity to leverage their consumption behaviors/patterns to optimize their energy costs. During this time, the…

Assessing Your Company’s Culture

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC There has been quite a buzz in recent years about developing a corporate culture, especially pertaining to lean and continuous improvement. Whether you engage in lean principles or not, do you know some of the…

North Central Manufacturers Eyeing the Start of Lean Together™

The objective of the Lean Together™ Program is to help manufacturers create, develop, and sustain a culture of lean continuous improvement through a collaborative learning platform consisting of peer to peer assistance, professionally facilitated classroom training sessions, and onsite coaching…

Student Interns Can Accelerate Your Business

Do you have an overdue project or targeted outcome that you just can’t get to or prefer not to consume existing staff resources? Maybe you haven’t explored the potential of a college student intern, or perhaps you thought about it…

Succession Planning: Why Here – Why Now?

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor Did you know there are approximately 2,100 manufacturers in Northwest PA? Similar to national averages, the vast majority of those (64%) are companies with less than 20 employees. The average age of an…