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The Three C’s of Employee Development

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist and Strategic Business Advisor With a desperate need for workforce by many companies and industries, is your company known as a ‘go to’ for employment in your community? If not, why? How do…

The Power of Excellent Books

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC We all have those especially good reads that we remember. Books that not only were fun and enjoyable to read, but ones that inspired, influenced, and shaped our personal and professional development. Books that were…

Pandemic Makes Plain Need for Manufacturing Workforce

by Mark Schmit, NIST-MEP In the Sept. 18, 2020, session of the “National Conversation with Manufacturers,” three West Coast manufacturing leaders on the panel kept coming back to their critical need for skilled workers. The conversation was one in a…

MEP Program Shows Nearly 13.6 to 1 Return to the Federal Treasury

A new study by Summit Consulting and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research finds that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program generates a substantial economic and financial return. The study found…

Virtual Manufacturing Innovation Summit

A virtual Manufacturing Innovation Summit is scheduled for March 18, 2021- focused on telling the stories of Pennsylvania manufacturers who have successfully navigated challenges through innovation. The event is a collaboration of PA Industrial Resource Centers, including NWIRC and hosted…

Exploring Kata for Continuous Improvement

Here’s a reprise of an article, Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change, published a couple years ago by Brian Lagas, Technical Manager at NIST MEP. A good time to revisit kata, just before…

MEP: Resources for Rapidly Changing Marketplace

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Every March, manufacturers from across the country visit Capitol Hill along with representatives from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers. Their mission: to emphasize the importance of U.S. manufacturing, and the National Institute of Standards…