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Lean for the Business. You’re Always Working on It!

By Jean Cunningham, President, Jean Cunningham Consulting Creating a Lean environment is not about less despite the name “Lean”. It is really about doing “more” of what your customers value which will lead to improved outcomes. Let’s consider the word…

Solar Atmospheres Makes Impact with 2 Second Lean

Solar Atmospheres, a Hermitage PA manufacturer specializing in vacuum heat treating, is a member of NWIRC’s Lean Together™ working group in Mercer County. Company President, Bob Hill, embraced the 2 Second Lean methodology immediately at the group’s first meeting in…

Lean Together™ Kick-Off Features Keynote from Viking Plastics

The kick-off for Lean Together™, a working group for operational excellence, is scheduled for January 17th from 8-10am at Erie’s Bayfront Sheraton Hotel. This kick-off meeting breakfast will provide an introduction to the group’s facilitator Jerry Sobrowski and feature keynote…

Working Group Forming to Support Lean Culture

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is forming an operational excellence working group with the goal of helping companies who are looking to create and/or sustain a Lean culture. No matter where your company falls in the process of Lean manufacturing,…

Deploying a Lean Champion: Their Role and Success Factors

by Craig Corsi, Lead Consultant Vie Associates, LLC Companies who have a thriving lean program are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. This is someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve…

Help for Your Continuous Improvement Journey

Being on a continuous improvement journey means the job is never done. There are always opportunities to improve, streamline more processes, reduce more waste, and enhance team commitment. Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has upcoming programs to help. A Lean…

5S is More Than a “Spring Cleaning” Exercise

by Craig Corsi, Lead Consultant , Vie Associates, LLC With the season upon us, some of us may have already begun tackling those chores we have on our spring cleanup checklist. It’s an annual rite-of-passage for many of us this…