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.

November 16, 2016

Whether they’re behind the scenes assembling products or helping you parallel park your car, robots are already playing a big role in our day-to-day lives.

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November 10, 2016

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public-private partnership with a national network of thousands of trusted business advisors, manufacturing experts, and partners who support one another in discovering and leveraging services and programs for manufacturers. Each quarter, MEP Centers, which are located in every state within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, submit success stories of what they have accomplished working with manufacturers in that state. You can find these success stories archived on the MEP website.

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November 3, 2016

On Manufacturing Day, with the World Series approaching, we started talking about what baseball would be like without manufacturing. And while the series is almost over (and a 68-year or 108-year curse about to be broken!), we’re still talking about it today. So we thought it would be interesting to consider baseball without manufacturing. You mean you haven’t? For starters, it would be stark: people would be standing in a field with not much to do or even wear. There’s not much to the American pastime without manufacturing…another thing that makes America great.

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October 7, 2016

Countless organizations like MEP Centers and their community partners have been planning this day for months – if not the entire year. Their collective efforts have produced close to 3,000 events for hundreds of thousands of people to see what’s inside manufacturing facilities during this fifth annual celebration. Recognizing the contributions manufacturing offers the Nation, the President has proclaimed today National Manufacturing Day.

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September 30, 2016

Carroll will be a Keynote Speaker at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference at 12:30 p.m. on October 12th at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Join us to hear Carroll's great message. Click here for more conference information.

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September 29, 2016

Jeffrey Liker will be the Keynote Speaker at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference on October 12 at 8:00 a.m. at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Click Here for more information.

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September 27, 2016

Servant leadership is more than an idea or concept. When blended into the culture of an organization, it is a way of life throughout the organization. It transcends into the way you do business and it creates a rich blend of collaboration and partnership well beyond the basic client/customer relationship.

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September 26, 2016

It was during my first week in America, when I asked someone where the nearest garage (gas station) was; I went to Subway and asked for biscuits instead of cookies; I asked my barber to trim my sideboards (sideburns); I placed my first trunk call (long distance call), and I purchased my first Polo jumper (sweater).

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September 15, 2016

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews addressed the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Conference about the success of this national public-private partnership in catalyzing U.S. manufacturing and evolving to better support manufacturers. The Deputy Secretary referenced his own experience at Ford to speak about the recovery in American manufacturing since the financial crisis, and particularly the recent successes of the auto industry.

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December 16, 2015

South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions and Impact Dakota recently partnered on a Job Instruction Project with Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, SD.

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