Roots of Resiliency

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Through our direct and deep interactions with manufacturing companies over the past several months, we have found a range of activity due to the pandemic. At one end of the spectrum, 18% of them are…

Employees Are Key to Continuous Improvement

It’s always fun visiting manufacturing companies throughout the region, especially those who NWIRC has helped with an improvement or training project. Over the past several years, we’ve worked with numerous companies in our Lean Together™ program who, through tours and…

Lean Accounting, An Essential Part of a Lean Transformation

Lean thinking changes the way a company approaches work on a daily basis, from developing and implementing strategy to producing products and delivering services to customers. This change in thinking centers on a relentless commitment to continuous improvement, so that…

Deploying a Lean Champion: Their Role and Success Factors

Companies who have a thriving lean culture are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. Someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve the organization’s operational performance as well as increase total customer…

Honing in on 8 Wastes: Part Three

Honing in on 8 Wastes is a 4-part series to examine and elevate awareness of the 8 wastes in manufacturing (DOWNTIME), and tips for enabling your employees to see them too. Eight Wastes, Part Three: Transportation is the unnecessary movement…

Exploring the Marvels During Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Day this year is October 2, 2020, but NWIRC is celebrating all month long. We, along with numerous sponsors and community partners (see below), have launched Exploring the Marvels of Manufacturing. It’s an activity for students in 6th-12th grades…

CMMC – New Cybersecurity Rules for DoD Contractors

by Melissa Becker, Government Contracting Specialist, Northwest Commission PTAC October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and also a great opportunity to reinforce CMMC, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification rolling out this year. This new certification…