Turbocharge Your Plant with Lean + IIoT

by Kevin Jones, CEO/Founder, Ectobox Are your Lean efforts as effective as they could be? Where do you get data to identify and monitor the impact of your Lean efforts in your factory? The answers to these questions can have…

Whatever the Stage of Recovery, Schedule an Assessment

The COVID-19 Recovery Program (CRP) is a coordinated and collaborative initiative by a regional network of partners to assist companies move forward during the pandemic. The no-cost program includes an initial business assessment and financial analysis, followed quickly by a…

Manufacturer in Elk County Shares Experience with CRP

Elk County Powdered Metal (ECPM) in Ridgway, PA recently participated in the COVID-19 Recovery Program (CRP). ECPM President, Paul Stilwell, noted that the process was made very simple for busy manufacturers by pulling out details about the company and providing…

Focus on Sales Enablement

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Small to mid-sized manufacturing companies often don’t focus on sales enablement strategies because they don’t know what it is, think it’s costly, or don’t have the resources to implement. Sales enablement is the organizational support…

Employee Development Series: Critical Thinking

NWIRC Employee Development Specialist, Lisa Pustelak, is facilitating a webinar series focused on critical thinking. The three virtual sessions are designed to help participants progress through thinking differently, understanding the root cause of a problem, and creating long-term sustainable solutions.…

Help with Training Plans

NWIRC recently published a catalog with continuous improvement and quality-related training sessions to educate and engage employees for your company’s journey in operational excellence. We know today’s competitive environment requires manufacturers to be agile, efficient, and responsive to customer needs.…

Weather the Storm by Developing Strong Roots

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist and Strategic Business Advisor Last month, NWIRC’s President, Bob Zaruta, spoke about the “Roots of Resiliency” and said to think of “employees of a company as being the roots of a business in…

Traditional Lean vs 2 Second Lean

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Expert and Lean Together Facilitator As a lean practitioner for nearly 23 years, I was taught the practices, techniques, and methodologies of lean manufacturing through a large OEM. Even beyond my professional experience at GE,…