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…

Practicing Lean Accounting

by Nick Katko, President, BMA Lean accounting, simply defined, is the application of lean thinking to all accounting systems and processes, both financial accounting and management accounting. What is unique about lean accounting, compared to other applications of lean thinking,…

Employer Workshop to Embrace Neurodiversity

The Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA) at Crawford Tech will host a free employer workshop on December 8 from 9:30am-12:00pm. Manufacturing companies from the region are invited to learn more about UAA, meet the current UAA students and instructors, and learn…

Achieve Project Results and Shape Student Experience

Do you have an overdue project or targeted outcome that you just can’t get to or prefer not to consume existing staff resources? Perhaps you haven’t explored the potential of a college student intern, or maybe you thought about it…

Manufacturing Month Rewind

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As promised in my last article, this month we’re taking a look back at Manufacturing Month 2023. NWIRC had some exciting activities on the schedule in October and I knew it would be great to…

Fundamental Tools to Drive Sales

True or false, the best time to increase resources towards growing sales is when sales are down and need a boost? The answer is a resounding FALSE. If you’re waiting until sales revenues are declining to initiate efforts to boost…