The NWIRC was created in 1988 as part of a state-wide initiative, and is one of seven centers that serve manufacturers throughout Pennsylvania.

Based in Erie, with regional offices throughout its 13-county service area, Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving small- to medium-sized manufacturers with up to 500 employees.

Guiding the NWIRC is its mission of supporting manufacturers with the resources needed for long-term success, namely providing access to best practices education, growth and planning services, benchmarking, and innovative manufacturing ideas.