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PCQI Food Safety Course
August 9, 2018

PCQI Food Safety Course

One of the most significant new rules is the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. This rule (mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)) states that every human food manufacturer, except for the very smallest who will have modified requirements, must have somebody on staff who has completed a Preventive Controls for Human Food class.

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Let's Get You Certified!
August 7, 2018

Let's Get You Certified!

Are you a past LECP participant and haven't completed your Lean Bronze Certification? We can help! Certification can help you become a high-value commodity to your employer and be among the most sought-after individuals in your industry.

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An extremely critical product that can provide benefit for you and your employees

The Northern Plains Manufacturing Association (NPMA) is proud to introduce to you to the launch of an extremely critical product that can provide benefit for you and your employees for years to come. We are offering a Group Health Plan designed specifically for North Dakota manufacturers, regardless of size or number of employees. This plan is designed with you in mind, and gives a money saving opportunity with several options to meet your specific operational requirements.

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Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Training — June 18-20 • Bismarck

If you manufacture, process, pack or hold food in the USA, you may need PCQI! Those who need to direct, manage or perform the duties of a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, including executives such as VP Regulatory, Director of Food Safety, Plant Managers, Maintenance Managers, Production Supervisors, Quality Assurance personnel, and Training personnel. Bringing key leaders and cross functional team members to the course can be instrumental in building or strengthening your food safety culture.

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July 10, 2018

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 5, 2018.

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Discover first-hand what is at the heart of the lean business model through a series of plant tours, talks, and peer networking. You will see the tools and systems of operational excellence in action as you tour companies demonstrating excellence in the fundamentals such as 5S, visual management, problem solving, standardized work, quality at the source, safety, continuous flow, intelligent automation and much more.

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May 21, 2018

Delusional Excellence

Most manufacturers are working diligently on “getting better.” The question is: for what purpose? I’m frequently told that cost reduction and implementing employee ideas are the goals, and they’re not bad reasons to take action. They are not, however, the reason your business exists. Focusing on them is nice but does not assure the future of your business or engagement of your employees.

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All Around the Kitchen: Tales of a Kitchen Remodel Sourced in the U.S.

Without manufacturing, the room where you make dinner would be rather stark and barren. There’d be no pots, no pans, no stoves, no spatulas, no appliances – big or small. There’d be no way to prepare the meals that give you and your family sustenance. With no counter, there wouldn’t even be a place to set down your coffee cup!

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Family Friendly Factory Tours

It’s spring break for my 6-year-old grandson Bruce, and I’m spending the week with him in Oakland, California. What to do? We make a couple of trips to the park, looking for rocks on Treasure Island (that was a bust). When did the days get so long?

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy American Made  USA Products

“Buy Made in the USA Products ” and “Buy American” might sound like nothing more than a slogan advanced by American manufacturers to sell made in the USA products. But the truth is that there are many reasons to consider buying American-made clothing, American made toys, and other US-manufactured goods.

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Words Should Matter to Leaders

In an exchange with a colleague the other day, I shared a phrase my grandmother often used to say, “nothing’s so bad it can’t get worse.” Throughout my life, I have thought about those words and how grateful I am to have never adopted such an outlook on how I lead or live my life.

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