Last year the NWIRC managed projects with over 90 clients in Northwest Pennsylvania. The impact of our projects totaled $8.6 million in new client sales revenue, $2.1 million in cost savings, and $14.9 million in new business investment. We know how to develop solutions to your problems, maximize your management initiative efforts, and drive project results through our advisors and consultants! Here’s what client’s think:

At my first meeting for Lean Together, I was thinking ‘what did I get into, this won’t work for us’. But, after you learn more about 2 Second Lean, it’s awesome! It’s a way of thinking to make improvements and work together as a team. The biggest battle is getting people to ‘buy in’ and accept change. The program works, and I enjoyed learning about 2 second lean.


Mike Bleil Production Supervisor, Onex Inc. March 19, 2019

The folks at the NWIRC, and specifically the Strategic Business Advisor Ed Barthelmes, were great to work with and we simply could not have achieved our ISO certification without their help. Ed worked with us from day one and continued to follow our progress throughout our quest in becoming ISO certification. I cannot even begin to say enough good things about his hands-on approach and follow-through.

T. Christopher Flynn President, Paramount Die Corporation January 24, 2018

The Northwest IRC was a great organization to work with. They provided help by listening and then being responsive, bringing resources to the table to address our need. This E3 assistance will ultimately make CTC a more competitive company and provide a more energy efficient and environmentally sound footprint. Thank you NWIRC!

Chris Groger Maintenance Director, CTC Packaging January 24, 2018

In reference to their success with an Engineering Intern: “Matt really stepped up to become a valuable Sintergy team member. With his assistance on statistical process control and data collection, we are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were just a year ago.” Sintergy, Inc. CEO

Rick Young CEO, Sintergy Inc. September 27, 2017

“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 to build—lending itself to centralizing and prioritizing our growth plan strategies. Facilitator, Bob Zaruta, has a fantastic blend of sales management experience and real business understanding which helped simplify communication for useful sales planning, process mapping, strategic thinking, and what appears to be, infinite continuous improvement.  Bob cut through problems, focused our purpose and application, and provided tangible, measurable, scalable results.  I cannot think of a better combination or more valuable use of our time.”




Tanya McClafferty President, Specialty Metal Products September 14, 2017

Speaking about the STEM Manufacturing Internship Program: “NWIRC found us a candidate that exactly matched the profile we were looking for, including the programming skills needed for the job. It’s really tough to find a good match like that and the process takes a lot of time.  We were able to give a student some real-life experience that, at the same time, resulted in project completion that is useful to our business growth."



Ashleigh Walters, President, Onex Inc.- Erie, PA

December 2, 2016

“Our emphasis has always been ‘safety first’, and with assistance from NWIRC, Sturgeon Consulting provided our plants and employees additional direction in the Master Safety Plan. We are assured of meeting all compliances while at the same time we have been able to lower our costs. It’s been a great program.”






Michael P. Walton Jamestown Coating Technologies Jamestown, PA January 25, 2016

"We appreciate the support that NWIRC provides to the region. Their apprentice program provided us a valuable candidate whose work will allow us to grow our business, better manage our costs, and improve through-put. Their service allowed us to find a highly qualified candidate in a short amount of time."


Molly Kelsey CFO, Global Fabrication DuBois, PA January 25, 2016

""The NWIRC has been a great partner and has given us more information than other agencies in NW PA. They supported our efforts to establish a greater web presence and increase our customer count. They are true professionals with very fast response times and get it right the first time by truly listening to their clients."


Derek Dangelo, Owner and President, Dangelo’s Custom Built



January 25, 2016

"This kind of technology will attract more young people into
manufacturing. If our company didn’t keep up with technology we’d be out of business in less than ten years. The assistance of the NWIRC helped to solidify our direction and assisted in the pursuit and implementation of our new technology".


Dan Ignasiak, President of SEPCO


January 25, 2016