The first one didn't go so well. According to the person I spoke with, they are currently outsourcing all of their production - and, apparently, their process management.
The second and fourth ones were answering machines. I left a message in each case and will follow up in a week or so.
The third was actually quite promising. The person I spoke to asked a number of questions and was able to answer mine. He asked me to send him a résumé so he could pass it on. At the same time, he confided that their process was not particularly sophisticated, and they actually outsource mush of their operations management and Statistical Process Control through an organization called NEPIRC.
Who Is NEPIRC?
Since 1988, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, Inc. (NEPIRC) has been in the business of helping small to mid-sized companies increase their productivity, profitability and overall regional and global competitiveness. We understand that smaller firms are the lifeblood of our regional and statewide economy and collectively drive our national economic trends. Those smaller businesses deserve access to the same technologies, consulting services and financial resources that much larger Fortune 100 companies use within their businesses. We are proud to bring those advantages to our many clients.
NEPIRC. Hmmm. Now there's someplace I could easily see myself. And it's based about five miles from my house. OK. They go on the third wave of people to get in touch with.