NWIRC’s New Training Catalog

NWIRC’s new training catalog is now available for our schedule January-August 2022. The catalog includes a menu of our most popular training topics currently on the schedule, but be sure to visit our website at www.nwirc.org on a regular basis…

Manufacturing the Taste of Home for the Holidays

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC The giving season is upon us, and the adage of ‘Made in America’ that rings throughout the year is even more apparent during the holiday. We have become much more conscientious of the products we…

The Global Supply Chain, Desperate Times

by Joseph M. Joseph, Esquire, Dalko Resources, Inc Hardly a day goes by where we are not bombarded with news about the dysfunctional supply chain. In 2021, shrinking capacity and lack of equipment have seen disruptions and delays in supply…

Is CRP Now a Company Resiliency Program?

The COVID-19 Recovery Program (CRP) was initiated in June of 2020 as a collaborative effort by NWIRC and a regional network of partners to assist manufacturing companies through and beyond the pandemic. So far, there have been over 74 business…

Stepping Back in (Manufacturing) Time

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As I continue to tour manufacturing facilities in the region, last month I stepped back in time with a visit to the new Sippy Historic Machine Shop in Saegertown, PA. Crawford County has a rich…

Debunking Myths of 3D Printing

by Dan Fernback, Vice President & Co-Founder, Juggerbot 3D 3D printing is a fast-growing manufacturing technology with the potential to disrupt the way engineers design, manufacturers produce, and businesses function. There are already 3D printers in laboratories, on shop floors,…

How Supplier Scouting Could Lead Manufacturers to Reshoring

The persisting crisis in the global supply chain has disrupted many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) and put a premium on problem solving and short-term solutions for getting parts and supplies. While there are no easy answers to untangling these…