Reflecting Within -During a Crisis

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As I write this article during such a turbulent time, I’m inspired by our manufacturers across the region. They are truly stepping up in a variety of ways to help the fight against COVID-19. On…

Three Totally Insane Things to Know About ISO 9001

by Kevin Smith, Leaderstone If there’s one thing I know after delivering performance and quality management consulting for over a decade now, is that most people would rather take a hockey puck to the midsection than to tackle what it…

Cash Forecasting: 13-Week Cash Flow Statement

Bob Value, Deputy Director, Steel Valley Authority Companies often utilize some form of cash forecasting, typically in the form of a monthly or annual budget. This is fine for long-range planning but is severely limiting for companies where cash is…

A Lesson in What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

For those of you looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids at home during the COVID-19 school closings…. have them think about What’s So Cool About Manufacturing (WSCM)! Here is a Lesson Plan to prompt them to…

NWIRC’s Response to COVID-19  

The Northwest Industrial Resource Center is committed to exercising extreme caution in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, as well as continuing to serve the needs of our region’s manufacturers in the coming weeks and months. As a precautionary…