Walmart’s Open Call Event

On March 3, Walmart U.S. President & CEO, John Furner, released an article announcing the company’s new commitment: “Over the next ten years, Walmart will spend an additional $350 billion on items made, grown or assembled in the U.S. We…

Keeping an Eye on Innovation

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC In February 2021, data was released by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), identifying the manufacturing sector as a critical component of Pennsylvania’s existing economy and future economic vitality. More specifically, the report which…

Awareness for Cyber-Threats

by Michael Estrich, Techworx As the tax deadline approaches (both federal and state deadline now extended to May 17th), it’s important to be on high alert for an increased number of email-based phishing and phone-based social engineering attempts. Small businesses…

The Most Critical Investment

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager It’s now been one full year since COVID-19 impacted our workplace. Many companies lost sales or had supply chain disruptions, but even those whose business operations weren’t significantly affected, seem to have…

The Three C’s of Employee Development

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist and Strategic Business Advisor With a desperate need for workforce by many companies and industries, is your company known as a ‘go to’ for employment in your community? If not, why? How do…

The Power of Excellent Books

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC We all have those especially good reads that we remember. Books that not only were fun and enjoyable to read, but ones that inspired, influenced, and shaped our personal and professional development. Books that were…

Pandemic Makes Plain Need for Manufacturing Workforce

by Mark Schmit, NIST-MEP In the Sept. 18, 2020, session of the “National Conversation with Manufacturers,” three West Coast manufacturing leaders on the panel kept coming back to their critical need for skilled workers. The conversation was one in a…

MEP Program Shows Nearly 13.6 to 1 Return to the Federal Treasury

A new study by Summit Consulting and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research finds that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program generates a substantial economic and financial return. The study found…