Road Trip to Targeted Pet Treats

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC February is National Pet Dental Health Month! What could possibly be the connection between this and manufacturing, you ask? Well, it has to do with one of my recent road trips. You know from my…

4 Fundamentals of Effective Supply Chain Management

by Chris Scafario, President/CEO, DVIRC The relentless wave of disruptions in workforce, logistics, and prices has impacted all manufacturers, but it has been particularly intense for the smaller job shop doing custom batch production. These contract manufacturers may have limited…

Smart Factory: Today, Tomorrow, and Third Shift

by Carrie Davis-Bredeweg, Sr. Marketing & Sales Specialist, NEFF Automation The SMART Factory. It’s more than a few buzzwords and a sensor-connected app connected to the factory floor to track your production. The SMART factory of today is deliberate and…

Supporting Manufacturers in the New Energy Economy

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As promised, we’re picking up in this new year where we left off last year. In my December article, I shared the exciting news of a federal funding opportunity that NWIRC, along with the other…

Need a Green Workforce?

By Matt Fieldman, Executive Director of America Works 45% annual growth. It’s a number that could make any workforce or economic development professional’s eyes pop out of their sockets. I was literally blown away by that number, which is the…

New Year, New Skills

by Molly Reichard, Culture Development Advisor, NWIRC As the new year approaches, many of us set resolutions to exercise, lose weight, and save money. Also in the top ten New Year resolutions made each year is learning a new skill.…

Support for SMART Manufacturing

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As we close out 2023 and embark on 2024, I will make a bold prediction. If you are manufacturer in NWIRC’s 13 counties looking to grow more profitably, there is a very good chance that…