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    Bally Ribbon Mills

    Bally Ribbon Mills, a customized manufacturer of tape and narrow fabric products, needed to improve its lean processes. Two on-site Lean 101 sessions by MRC resulted in lead times on Bally's pilot product line and its quoting process being reduced by more than 50 percent.

  • Workforce Development

    Highwood USA

    Highwood USA is a Tamaqua, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of premium synthetic products that mimic the look of wood and other natural materials.

  • Workforce Development


    Fluortek, a manufacturer of precision plastic extrusions, sought to establish a Lean culture and develop consistent training across its operation.  From employees advancing through the ranks to executive leadership looking to improve efficiency and productivity, the company turned to MRC for several offerings and reduced customer complaints by as much as 90% for the product at the center of their project.

  • Workforce Development

    Innovative Design Works

    Innovative engaged MRC for simultaneous Kata and Soft Skills training to elevate the team’s collective skills, encourage autonomy, and empower individuals to take action without going up the chain of command.

  • Operational Excellence


    Freshpet turned to MRC for a long list of projects including Training Within Industry (TWI) for both employees and trainers, initiatives to reduce sanitation downtime on two legacy production lines, and problem solving and continuous improvement on sanitation processes, dry batch, and other production areas.

  • Workforce Development


    Sharp brings start-of-the-art pharmaceutical packaging expertise to the Lehigh Valley. MRC assistance with training grants and ongoing continuous improvement training has enabled Sharp to save more than $50,000 across multiple sites, increase efficiencies and employee retention.