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 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.
With 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.
Seasoned 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.
Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?
On 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.
Did 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?
The 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.
It 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.