Isolation, Involvement, Empowerment, Engagement

By Jean Cunningham, President, Jean Cunningham Consulting What is culture? What is the current state of the culture? I believe in the genius of people and of the people in our workforce. What is the environment that allows the genius…

NWIRC Welcomes New Team Members

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) has welcomed two new Strategic Business Advisors (SBA) to their team. Lisa Pustelak comes to NWIRC with over 20 years’ experience working with small businesses. She will support manufacturers in Crawford County, Warren County, Edinboro…

Planning for 2018/2019 What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

The Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) hosted the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing student video contest this past school year in Erie County. Twelve middle school teams were each paired with a manufacturer to create a video showcasing diverse career…

It’s A Wrap: Manufacturing Advanced Expo

Northwestern PA Chapter of NTMA and NWIRC recently hosted the Manufacturing Advanced Expo on May 10th in Erie, PA with over 180 attendees representing 60 manufacturing companies. “The purpose of the event was to showcase the latest technology to regional…

Training Your Internal Auditors

Manufacturing companies who are certified in any of the quality standards, know the importance of having a trained internal auditor. Several of the quality standards have been revised over the last couple of years, including ISO 9001, IATF 16949 (previously…

Lean Together™ 1.0 Sessions Scheduled

Lean Together™ 1.0 sessions are scheduled to begin. This working group for operational excellence is designed for manufacturing companies to study and implement concepts from the book, 2 Second Lean, by Paul Akers. The agenda provides a structured approach with…

Developing a Technology Strategy

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As a follow-up to my column last month pertaining to the question “How do you embrace technology?”, I’d like to continue with the advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) discussion. After you determine that your company is…