Success Stories

Every day, the IRC Network helps Pennsylvania manufacturers save money, increase sales and create jobs. Read more about our clients’ successes below.


Layout Assistance in New Facility

Quality Mould had to reinvent their business model when the glass industry that accounted for nearly all of their business moved overseas. The company owners spent seven years formulating and implementing diversification strategies to enter new sectors, including the power generation, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, mining, transportation and medical industries. The diversification strategies required substantial investments in machinery for new industry applications.


Training Improves Effectiveness

AccuSpec is certified to several international standards, one of which is ISO 9001:2008. To improve compliance effectiveness and
encourage more efficient processes, company leaders made plans to increase the presence of AccuSpec’s internal compliance body. They wanted to reduce external nonconformance results, customer corrective action requests, and scrap, and they knew that closer alignment of on-time delivery and quality targets would increase customer satisfaction.


Training Helps Manufacturer Serve U.S. Military Worldwide

North American Manufacturing asked the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), a NIST MEP affiliate, to assist in the development of a comprehensive ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System for the company. NEPIRC identified all of the required activities that the company needed to achieve certification, and conducted 18 days of on-site consulting for their employees.


Reducing Sanitation Time, Increasing Production Capacity

After undergoing a relocation and capital expansion project in order to meet projected sales growth, the company identified sanitation as an area that often reduced production capacity. Several factors contributed to the downtime associated with line sanitation, including equipment scheduling, associate skill level, and workplace organization.


Clearing Away the Dust and Boosting Morale

HH Ross first engaged MANTEC, part of PA MEP – a NIST MEP affiliate, on a series of marketing programs over a decade ago. More recently, HH Ross identified the need to review its environmental regulatory compliance and workplace safety standards.


Owners Prepare to Turn Over the Reigns

Hermance Machine owners Joe and Claire Strouse were anticipating a transition in the management of the company to their two sons. They needed professional resources with expertise in coaching family members in the process of a complex business succession, and reached out to the Innovative Manufacturer’s Center (IMC).


Ongoing Strategic Planning and Executive Coaching Leads to Successful Succession

DVIRC stepped in to help the company leaders implement their succession plan and ensure the smooth transfer of ownership to the next generation.


DVIRC Provides Business Solutions to Meet EFE’s Strategic Objectives

DVIRC drew from both in-house and third-party resources to deliver a broad range of services to EFE Laboratories, Inc.: strategic planning, primary and secondary market research, lead generation, branding initiatives, a new website, sales and innovation support, public relations, and more.


REICHdrill® Saves Jobs, Boosts Revenue by Nearly 65% in One Year

REICHdrill was in negotiations with the world’s second largest mining equipment supplier on an agreement that would mean a significant ramp-up in production and export market delivery by an anticipated $5 million per year over four years. Unfortunately, the company wasn’t poised to take advantage of the opportunity due to operational and financial issues. The business had a critical need to refinance and restructure operationally, and was constrained by their physical space inhibiting further growth. The Strategic Early Warning Network helped the company on multiple platforms including cash flow and planning for growth. IMC, a NIST MEP affiliate, was brought in to address issues on the operational front.


“Turning” Up the Sales Volume With ISO Certification

Pocal wanted to integrate ISO 9001 quality principles into its existing Quality Assurance System, which was established in 1987 to meet the requirements of MIL-Q-9858.