Why Cash Is King

It is quite possible to be a fast growing, profitable company and still end up insolvent, although it is rare to find a company that is well-managed with an eye towards cash-flow and working capital to wind up in that…

Make Your Manufacturing Company Sustainable

The pandemic has decimated entire industries, interrupted supply chains and upended traditional business development processes. But this disruption has created opportunity for many manufacturers. By returning to their entrepreneurial roots, they can seize the future of their business through novel…

Steps to Improving On-Time Delivery

Do you know how much late deliveries are costing your organization? Some of the costs are immediate and obvious, such as disgruntled customers, premiums for freight, overtime pay and possibly customer imposed monetary penalties. Other costs are often a direct…

Honing in on 8 Wastes: Part Two

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 Two: In lean manufacturing, the examples…

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…