Exploring the Marvels During Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Day this year is October 2, 2020, but NWIRC is celebrating all month long. We, along with numerous sponsors and community partners (see below), have launched Exploring the Marvels of Manufacturing. It’s an activity for students in 6th-12th grades…

CMMC – New Cybersecurity Rules for DoD Contractors

by Melissa Becker, Government Contracting Specialist, Northwest Commission PTAC October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and also a great opportunity to reinforce CMMC, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification rolling out this year. This new certification…

Key Attributes for Success in Continuous Improvement

A common challenge that many organizations face is the ability to sustain their continuous improvement efforts beyond their initial deployment. One reason for this is the belief that these initiatives must be driven from the top down throughout the organization.…

Remote Selling During Pandemic

by Deane Patterson, Principal, Patterson Consulting COVID-19 has drastically altered our lives and interactions. Employees with internet access, a computer and a phone are able to work remotely and for some, the office is no longer the physical epicenter of…

Return of Football and Other Fall Happenings

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Autumn is underway and football has returned. October is Manufacturing Month, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and International Strategic Planning Month. The COVID-19 pandemic and crisis continue to disrupt, alter the course, and force change in what…

COVID-19: What Happens Next

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor One of the consistent messages we’ve heard as we talk with manufacturers throughout the region is, “I made it through this time, but I don’t know what will happen if we get hit…

5S- More Than Just a ‘One and Done’ Clean-Up

With the Fall season now upon us, some may have already begun their checklist to clean up and prepare for winter. We scramble to accomplish everything we can, so our yards are clean and outdoor furniture put away, before the…

An Equipment Pre-Purchase Guide for Manufacturers

NIST-MEP* recently published an article on their Manufacturing Innovation Blog that will be helpful for manufacturers as you consider future equipment purchases. This information guides you with thought-provoking questions to use as you begin to vet new technology. Before you…