A New Mindset for Problem Solving – Toyota Kata

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor and Employee Development Specialist Toyota Kata is nothing new. The concept was introduced over a decade ago and NWIRC has been tuned in for several years now. This mindset first came to light…

The Planning Game

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Manufacturing companies we serve in our 13-county region of Pennsylvania are back to business and have implemented safety protocols to keep employees safe. You are continuing to navigate challenges with sales goals, supply chains, staffing…

WEDnet Back on Track

WEDnetPA*, a program to help companies offset training costs for improving skills of their employees, was temporarily on hold from accepting applications for the 2020/2021 season due to COVID-19. However, they are again accepting applications and have made some adjustments…

Honing in on 8 Wastes

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 One:   Failing to produce or deliver a quality part the first…

Core Values – Company Culture: Cause and Effect

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Most would agree that workplace culture is a critical factor in determining the level of success for an organization. Culture is what your customers experience when they interact or transact with your organization. Culture takes…