Batter Up! A Recent Tour at BWP Bats

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Yes! It’s the middle of spring and summer is next in the lineup. Temperatures are rising, cardinals are singing, orioles are whistling, things are opening, and the words “play ball” are soothing. Baseball has forever…

Culture as a Competitive Advantage

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, CRP Program Manager For many years I have asked employers what their value proposition was, and more than 50 percent of the time they would say, “We have the best quality, service and on-time delivery!” While…

Easy Button Connector to Technology

There is a lot to consider when bringing technology solutions to the shop floor (or to the front office for that matter). Often referred to Industry 4.0, technology for manufacturers is advancing rapidly with automation, robotics, 3D printing, ERP systems,…

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…