What Bugs You? Focus on a ‘2 Second’ Fix in the New Year

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Expert and Lean Together Facilitator Before I became a practitioner of lean and continuous improvement methodologies, I was taught concepts during training classes, public seminars, and from participating in team-led kaizen events. At the beginning…

Maximizing the Value of Your ERP System

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems form the backbone and basis for manufacturing and distribution businesses’ technology and computing. They represent the largest expenditure of information technology assets, yet over the years, many companies have struggled to fully implement many…

Unveiling a New Regional B2B Tool

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC The beginning of a New Year typically re-energizes us. We may have a fresh new look with gifts of clothing added to our wardrobe. New goals and resolutions are often established for ourself and our…

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…