Improve New Hire Retention

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC, Strategic Planning & Culture Development Specialist There is an occurrence so commonplace among manufacturers that there’s a name for it: “runners.” Runners are the new hires for entry-level jobs, often in their 20s, who fail to…

Beeinddrückend! Manufacturing Workforce Mission with Germany

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Beeinddrückend! (German for ‘wow’ or ‘impressive’). I had set the bar high for the Stronger Together Manufacturing Workforce Mission and the trip…well, hat alle Erwartungen übertroffen (exceeded all expectations)! As I wrote last month, the…

Do You Have a Strategy for Employee Retention?

Having a strategy for welcoming new hires into your company culture and planning for future development can reduce costly employee turnover. Retention is a challenge for manufacturing companies. Career development opportunities (or lack of) continues to be a top reason…

NWIRC Featured on ‘We Question & Learn’ Podcast

NWIRC’s President, Bob Zaruta, was a guest on the WQLN podcast, ‘We Question & Learn’ recently to share information about the mission, services, and programs to assist small to midsize manufacturing companies in Northwest and North Central Pennsylvania. Listen to…

Communication Tips Curated by NWIRC

Welcome to Communication Tips – curated by NWIRC. Our staff of professionals are working with manufacturing companies of all sizes everyday to help them develop a workplace culture that will attract employees and create a place where they will flourish…

Deploying a Lean Champion

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Specialist Companies who have a thriving lean culture are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. Someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve the organization’s operational performance…

WCCC Plans for Student-Run Manufacturing Enterprise

Manufacturing Month may be over, but the epitome of MFG Day is taking off and continuing in northern Pennsylvania – a collaborative community effort known as a student-run manufacturing enterprise. Student-run enterprises are being launched throughout northwest and northcentral PA,…