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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions and Impact Dakota recently partnered on a Job Instruction Project with Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, SD.
The word “manufacturing” prompts thoughts of assembly lines, conveyor belts, and machines churning out products by the thousands. The idea of making products by hand seems almost archaic in an age when modern technology allows for mass production; but Merriam-Webster shouldn’t be so quick to change their definition. The "maker movement” is taking manufacturing back to its roots with community makerspaces and a DIY attitude.
Big news for North Dakota Manufacturers: The SBA’s “Small Business Week” awards include an exporter of the year award this year!