by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC

It’s 2018! NWIRC is excited to be celebrating a very special milestone… 30 years serving small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in northwestern Pennsylvania.

We’re proud to be a trusted business partner to our clients, an advocate for manufacturing, and a caring community partner. Our staff strives every day to help manufacturers achieve top and bottom-line growth through continuous improvement, advanced manufacturing technologies, and customized workforce training and skills development programs. We are driven by the meaningful and measurable impact our consulting, implementation assistance, and customized training solutions have on the companies we serve. Since our beginning, as a public and private partnership, we have been accountable to our clients and stakeholders. We like it that way! Being that we are measured on the impact we help to drive, our ongoing ‘report card’ is an important reflection of our work. Each quarter, clients served during the past year are asked by a third-party, independent firm hired by our federal stakeholder, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to report impact realized from their NWIRC projects. Here’s the combined success that NWIRC clients have reported for the most recent 12-month reporting period:

  • $74.2M New and Retained Sales
  • $20.9M New Investment
  • $10.4M Cost Savings
  • 745 Created and Retained Jobs

The start of a new year is an appropriate time to reflect, celebrate, and look ahead. The NWIRC staff can feel very good about the meaningful impact they have had on the manufacturing companies and their employees in our region. Salute! As the NWIRC starts its 30th year, know that we are committed to enhancing the value we deliver and to increasing the results of our assistance to those we serve. With great interest and passion to strengthen manufacturing and to improve the competitiveness of our manufacturers, we look forward to building upon the strong business relationships we have today and to establishing new relationships in the months ahead. Until our paths cross in the future, best wishes for a prosperous New Year!

NWIRC is part of the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) Network which includes six other regional partners strategically located to serve manufacturers in all 67 counties in the state. These regional partners make up the PA MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) and are part of a nationwide network of NIST MEP affiliated organizations providing assistance to manufacturers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.