Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.

September 20, 2023

How You Can Make ‘Made in America’ Cool AgainIn a world where products from every corner of the globe flood our markets, the allure of locally made items, specifically ‘Made in America,’ is experiencing a resurgence. The charm of homegrown craftsmanship, the reassurance of quality, and the boost to our economy are some compelling reasons to rekindle our love affair with products made on American soil.

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August 29, 2023

Manufacturing Day: Changing People’s PerceptionsManufacturing Day, or MFG Day, has grown to mean many things since it was officially proclaimed in 2012. Some celebrate on the first Friday in October with an event at a manufacturing facility or a school. Others participate in a regional celebration at an events center. Some areas have a Manufacturing Week, with multiple touch points, while others celebrate Manufacturing Month. No matter how it’s being celebrated, we can all agree that MFG Day is a great rallying point to change people’s perceptions about manufacturing and promote careers that depend on creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and technology. Let’s look at a couple ways the MEP National Network has been involved in MFG Day.

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August 21, 2023

Have Lemons? Make Lemonade!Amazing stories of manufacturer resilience is inspiration for us all. Here are two of the many manufacturers that faced the pandemic’s challenges head on – creating new paths and sustainable opportunities for themselves over the past several years.

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August 10, 2023

Needs and Opportunities in the Semiconductor Manufacturing SectorIn 2022, President Biden signed into law the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act – an investment to strengthen U.S. manufacturing, supply chains and our national security. The CHIPS and Science Act provides funding for Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers to deliver services for workforce development, improve the resiliency of domestic supply chains, and adopt advanced technology upgrades at small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs).

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August 7, 2023

This Shipbuilder is Rocking Its Workforce. You Can Too.The workforce strategies of one large shipbuilder have created an amazing culture and substantial growth for the company. From recruitment efforts that include partnerships and apprenticeships to being a second chance employer, small and large manufacturers alike can use these tangible strategies to strengthen their workforces.

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August 2, 2023

Building the Career Path for the New Generation of Rosie RivetersBy 2028, American manufacturers could be facing a shortage of 2.4 million workers – and because of this the country could be facing potentially nearly half a trillion dollars in lost gross domestic product. Yet, in spite of the growing sense of urgency to engage young workers to feed the talent pipeline, our manufacturing industry has not closed the workforce gap between men and women.

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July 10, 2023

Do You Have a Plan for Becoming Part of the EV Supply Chain?The growth of electric vehicles (EV) poses various degrees of risk to auto suppliers that make parts for internal combustion engines. Big changes are coming for domestic supply chains. Preparing for evolving domestic supply chains not only fosters innovation at your company, but also provides more secure access to critical materials and components and helps you work with or compete against larger manufacturers.

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June 9, 2023

8 Ways to Improve Your Supplier Selection ProcessWhen it comes to suppliers, manufacturers often are more transactional than strategic, focusing on cost per unit as a default. Every manufacturer should have a framework for their supplier selection. Understanding your suppliers is essential for making good business decisions.

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June 2, 2023

Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation for Small ManufacturersMany small manufacturers have limited resources and lack the staff and tools to adequately address cybersecurity needs – leaving them particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. One cyberattack can cost a small manufacturer a great deal of time and money and cause a great deal of stress.

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May 8, 2023

Infographic: 8 Key Drivers of The Job Quality ToolkitToday, it takes much more than offering decent pay and benefits for employers to successfully attract and retain the diverse and skilled workforce they need. A new resource, the Job Quality Toolkit provides practical guidance to companies of all types on eight key drivers that turn a routine occupation into a high-quality job – one where your employee feels respected, valued, and important to your company’s success.

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