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  • WHAT is E3

    E3 provides food processors with customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation. As a result, E3:

    • Helps foster an efficient high-performance green workforce
    • Reduces environmental impacts while gaining a competitive advantage
    • Reduce costs
    • Lower regulatory non-compliance risk
    • Improve employee morale and commitment
    • Promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth through process improvement and innovative technology

    WHY E3

    Why should your food processing/manufacturing site be concerned about reducing energy and environmental wastes in your system?

    Environmental wastes do not add value to the customer. Environmental wastes can also directly affect production flow, time, quality, and cost—making them ripe targets for Lean Manufacturing initiatives. In many cases the costs, to the enterprise and society in general, associated with pollution and wasted energy, water, and raw materials can be very significant. E3 helps your business improve overall competitiveness, profitability and growth in a triple bottom line way by reducing:

    • Energy, water, or raw materials consumed in excess of what is needed to meet customer needs and add no value to the customer.
    • Pollutants and material wastes released into the environment, such as air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous wastes and solid wastes (trash or discarded scrap).
    • Hazardous substances that adversely affect human health or the environment during their use in production or their presence in products.


    Clients will receive 3 days of onsite consulting plus a written report highlighting the findings and recommendations of our team related to:

    • Lean Manufacturing principles overview and presentation of Lean’s relationship to pursuing environmental opportunities through the Value Stream Mapping process.
    • A Written Assessment of the current state, identifying waste in areas of Energy, Water, Wastewater, Process and Supply Chain. Actionable steps to eliminate and prevent waste, increase productivity and reduce costs.

    Cost: $13,000

    Federal Subsidy: $10,000

    A Federal Grant Subsidy for food processors is available through Impact Washington*.
    Impact Washington will provide an onsite evaluation by their process improvement team to identify opportunities to remove waste, save energy and therefore cost from processes related to energy and water.

    Net client investment $3,000

    Benefits and Payoff to Expect

    • Cost Savings – Use lean and green methods to reduce environmental wastes while meeting other goals such as improving product quality, reducing costs, and enhancing customer responsiveness.
    • Energy utilization reduction
    • Water Utilization reduction
    • Waste Water reduction
    • Triple Bottom Line Results – A phrase describing a company’s improved top line financial performance over the long term due to sustainable business practices, including less capital investment and increased revenues. The triple bottom line refers to environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

    *Impact Washington is a not for profit consulting firm affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology MEP whose mission is to help strengthen manufacturing in the state of Washington.

    Get started: Call us.
    Mike Schneider, Account Executive
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  • Talented WWU Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students are available for 10-12 week internships with your company. Western’s world-class MSCM Program requires each student to successfully complete two internships (or one six month internship) prior to graduation. Internships are a core component in both the learning and future success of the students.

    MSCM interns will make real contributions to your business; hiring managers are consistently impressed with results. Interns have worked in a wide variety of positions including: operations analyst, buyer/planner, quality control, lean specialist, interim supervisor, ERP implementation support, program/project management, distribution/logistics, special projects and more. Experience the benefits these potential future employees could bring to your organization. Call or email for more information or an in-person presentation.

    View MSCM 2016 Intern Flyer.

    For more information contact:
    Western Washington University
    Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management Program
    Department of Decision Sciences
    College of Business and Economics
    Parks Hall 343, 516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    Phone: 360-650-7224

  • Impact Washington announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the organization a grant in excess of $12.6 million and the designation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partner (NIST-MEP) for the State of Washington.

    The award is provided through the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Early in 2015, NIST opened up the opportunity for funding and relationship with the MEP for competition. This week’s announcement is the formal notice of the winning proposal. The grant is to be used over the next five years to continue Impact Washington’s efforts in developing and growing Washington’s manufacturing sector.

    Impact Washington is a nonprofit consulting firm, headquartered in Mukilteo, Washington, with field offices throughout the state. The organization has been the NIST-MEP affiliate in Washington State for nearly eighteen years.

    In the United States, nearly 99% of the manufacturing firms are categorized as small to mid-sized enterprises (SME’s). While large companies have resources to develop internal experts to guide continuous improvement, SME’s often do not.

    Impact Washington is therefore chartered to help small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in Washington State improve performance. Over the last ten years, the company has worked with over 1,500 clients with an overall economic impact estimated in excess of $1.5 billion and over 7,600 jobs created or retained.

    Impact Washington President Loren Lyon commented, “Impact Washington has been instrumental in helping manufacturing grow in our state over the last eighteen years. This work has resulted in a stronger economy and more jobs for Washington. It is a great honor to be chosen again by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to be the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partner Center for our state going forward. We will grow our organization significantly and expand on the great work that has been done in the past.”

    About Impact Washington
    Impact Washington is a not-for-profit organization that helps Washington manufacturers grow through innovation and respond to the challenges of competing in an increasingly global economy. One of 60 Manufacturing Extension Partnership resource organizations nationwide, Impact Washington receives state, federal and private funding to assist manufacturers in transforming the way they do business. Impact Washington’s goal for our state’s small and medium-sized manufacturing companies is daily improvement and long-term profitability. The organization helps company leaders learn new approaches and strategies for innovation, new product development, an engaged workforce, operational excellence, supply chain management, enhanced sustainability/efficiency efforts, business transition planning and global competitiveness. For more information, visit

  • Export Vouchers of up to $5,000 are available to help defray costs for qualified WA aerospace companies.

    Attend an international expo and get reimbursed for a large portion of the expenses!

    This voucher program, funded through a grant from the U.S. International Trade Administration, enables WA State Dept. of Commerce to help businesses offset the costs of trade show airfare, registration, fees and other related expenses.

    For more info, please contact:

    Adam Kephart
    MDCP Aerospace Program Coordinator 206-256-6131

  • The Washington State Department of Commerce offers export vouchers to eligible small businesses to help pay for the costs of finding new customers in foreign markets.

    Up to $5,000 per voucher is available to help defray costs such as designing and printing flyers for foreign markets, translating web content or marketing materials, attending a trade show, or flying internationally to visit potential new customers.

    Find out if an export voucher is right for your business plan. Apply now! We will stop accepting new applications in August for the current grant year.

    Contact: Julie Monahan,, 206-256-6147,


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  • The Food Safety Validation Technology Grant (FSVT) will provide up to $10,000 in technical assistance to help food, dairy and beverage processors “validate” that their food safety and HACCP control measures are effective and their products are safe. Validation is the process of providing scientific evidence that food safety and HACCP controls are effective and ensure all products are free from biological, chemical, and physical contaminants.

    Each participating company will:

    • Receive up to $10,000 of laboratory testing and consulting services for validation of one product or process.
    • Develop internal proficiency and capacity in food safety validation technology.
    • Reduce risk of food safety product failures and regulatory exposure.
    • Meet stringent customer requirements and ensure success on third party safety audits.

    If you are a Washington company interested in applying for this program, please contact Michael Schneider, Project Manager, Impact Washington at (509) 981-6348 or by email at

    Companies sometimes lack internal resources and experience in conducting validation studies that support the safety of their products. This grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is intended to accelerate university technology transfer and improve the global competitiveness of processors.

    Each participating company will receive a final validation study report and a template for developing their own internal processes for further validation studies.