Robert Zaruta, President & CEO of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), was recently named President of the PA Statewide Industrial Resource Center Network (IRCN).

The PA IRCN is comprised of 7 nonprofit Centers located strategically throughout the Commonwealth. These Centers were established over 30 years ago to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and the competitive pressures of the global economy. Working collaboratively, company by company, the Network’s mission is to help manufacturers envision where they want to be and assist them to achieve it, in addition to giving a voice to an increasingly vital part of the Commonwealth’s economy.

As PA IRCN President, Zaruta will lead the other IRC Directors in strategic collaborative initiatives that enable the network to be the manufacturing resource for the industry, and community at-large, across Pennsylvania. Zaruta has been with NWIRC since 2016, the Center serving over 1500 manufacturers in 13-counties of northwestern PA across over 10,000 square miles. Prior to that, he held several positions at NEPIRC in northeastern PA for over 16 years.

Manufacturing is critical to the health and prosperity of the Pennsylvania economy. Likewise, Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs) are critical to the small and medium-sized manufacturers that make up more than 92 percent of the Commonwealth’s manufacturing base.