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.

June 30, 2022

Capturing New MarketsThe MEP National Network can aide in certification processes.

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June 17, 2022

Rethinking Old Hiring Rules to Achieve a Diverse WorkforceMany manufacturers have struggled for years to hire qualified workers. The outlook is for more of the same. With an aging workforce, emerging new technologies requiring more skilled talent, and the continuing decline of trades education in high schools and community colleges, an estimated 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled in the U.S. by 2030.

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June 8, 2022

Technology Transfer Acceleration by the MEP National NetworkTechnology transfer is not easy, especially when attempting to introduce a new capability or technology into the manufacturing sector. Smaller manufacturers in particular present unique environments and challenges that must be appropriately understood if the transfer is to be successful.

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May 31, 2022

Weathering the Storm: Workforce Insights from the Gulf Coast Shipbuilders ConferenceThe Gulf Coast’s shipbuilding industry is a case study in resilience. Not only have the manufacturers there survived COVID-19, but during the same two-year span they have also dealt with a hurricane, rapid inflation, and a host of other calamities that would ruin most businesses. Given that they’ve bounced back, and the shipbuilding and repair industry now employs some 400,000 people nationally, it’s no surprise that America’s maritime manufacturers have some workforce lessons to teach … and we should all be listening.

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May 26, 2022

The Secret to Improving Your Leadership… ReallyWhy do so few leadership improvement efforts produce the results that leaders and business sponsors want? What is in the way?

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May 16, 2022

Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 – What You Need to KnowThere have been four major technological trends during the past few hundred years that have revolutionized both industry and manufacturing. With Industry 4.0, communications and cybersecurity cannot be viewed as isolated processes. To take full advantage of the opportunities that Industry 4.0 has to offer, manufacturers of all sizes will need to understand its capabilities and potential risks.

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May 9, 2022

Realizing the Blazing Potential of Promising Workforce ProgramsTo respond to the current workforce crisis, a growing movement has swept across universities, community colleges, workforce development boards and nonprofits nationwide.

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April 25, 2022

Innovate Your Way to Growth While Minimizing RisksInnovation comes with risk, but the benefits of being innovative can be significant. Manufacturers that build new product development into their culture often develop “intrapreneurs,” staff members with an entrepreneurial spirit who will help their companies grow. Not sure where to start? The MEP National Network is here to help manufacturers achieve growth through innovation and new product development.

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April 5, 2022

NIST MEP Helps Manufacturers Respond to the Pandemic and Thrive Despite ItThe Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has announced the results of its fiscal year 2021 manufacturing client survey, as well as the impacts of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding through January 2022.

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March 25, 2022

Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing: Manufacturing USA® and the Manufacturing Extension PartnershipThe infographic, Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing: Manufacturing USA® and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, highlights how Manufacturing USA and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) support U.S. industry to manufacture high-quality American-made products that can compete in the global marketplace. Both are public-private partnerships headquartered at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The programs improve national manufacturing competitiveness through different models.

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