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.

August 30, 2018

How to Get Students to Your Manufacturing Day EventEach year, Manufacturing Day gives nearly 300,000 youth and their parents a powerful opportunity to see firsthand how they can create a bright future for themselves and their community through a career in modern manufacturing. Thanks to impactful events held by thousands of manufacturers across the country, those efforts are working.

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August 28, 2018

MEP at 30 — Looking Back at the Four Eras of ManufacturingAugust 23, 2018 represents a milestone in the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Thirty years ago, on this date in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act (Public Law 100-418). Section 5121 established the Regional Centers for the Transfer of Manufacturing Technology and the Assistance to State Technology Programs, the precursors to today’s MEP.

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August 26, 2018

Dealing with Cyber Attacks–Steps You Need to KnowThis article originally appeared on Guest blog post by Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, part of the MEP National NetworkTM.

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August 23, 2018

Resources You Can Use to Promote Your MFG DAY EventWith only seven weeks to go until October 5 (our target date for this year’s Manufacturing Day), it’s a good time to start developing a plan for how you intend to promote your event to important audiences such as students and parents, local media, and customers.

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August 21, 2018

4 Services That Offer Direct Access to Distributers, Buyers and Market ExpertsSeasoned business owners, international sales managers and export professional know that implementing and executing an effective global strategy is key to gaining market share and increasing revenue overseas. But if your strategy is missing relationship development and management, then you are unlikely to succeed.

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August 15, 2018

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforceDemand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?

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August 10, 2018

Manitoba Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to Visit Two of North Dakota's Leading ManufacturersOn August 23 members of CME Manitoba (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Manitoba Division) will be visiting two of North Dakota's leading manufacturers. With assistance from Impact Dakota, North Dakota’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, representatives from CME Manitoba had an opportunity to learn about a number of area companies and selected Steffes of Grand Forks, and Cardinal IG of Fargo, for showcasing during their annual tour event.

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August 9, 2018

Building the Next Generation of Modern Manufacturers Starts with MFG DayDid you know 35 percent of students engaged in career and technical education (CTE) have no contact with potential future employers, according to a recent report by the Manufacturing Institute?

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August 7, 2018

Does your airline still cross seat belts? A ten-point lean checklist for leadersThe airline industry has begun to embrace lean operations in recent years, for good reason. Airlines are process, labor, and capital intensive: small reductions in waste-the eternal enemy of lean-go straight to the bottom line, improve the customer experience, and engage employees in a more productive "value added" workplace.

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August 1, 2018

White, and in the minorityIt was minutes before the end of the first shift, and the beginning of the second, and the hallways at the chicken plant swarmed with workers coming and going. One pulled a hairnet over her curly hair, giggling at a joke. Two others exchanged kisses on the cheek. A woman with a black ponytail hugged everyone within reach. And a thin, ashen woman, whom no one greeted or even seemed to notice, suddenly smiled.

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