NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework to Tackle Supply Chain Threats, Vulnerability Disclosure and More

Four years after the initial iteration was released, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The framework was developed to be a voluntary, risk-based framework to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure in the United States. It’s the result of a President Obama-issued […]

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City of Tacoma’s MBDA Business Center Named Public Agency of the Year 

Tacoma, Wash. — The City of Tacoma’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center has been named Public Agency of the Year by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC). “It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the City of Tacoma’s MBDA Business Center,” said MBDA Business Center Director Linda […]

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Welcome Will Kitchen

Dear Clients and Friends, I’d like to introduce a new member of our Impact Washington team, Will Kitchen.  He will be starting at Impact Washington as the Account Executive for Southwest Washington on February 20th, 2018. Will has a strong background as a strategic technical professional focused on manufacturing process excellence. He has a solid […]

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Stories From the Road

I recently had meetings with Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden, Healthy Pet in Ferndale, and Golden Boy Foods in Blaine. Twin Brooks utilizes Jersey cows that produce milk with higher percentage of milk fat and still bottles in glass.  They are fifth generation milk producers still on the same property in Lynden.  They pasteurize at […]

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Calling All Washington State Manufacturers!

Washington’s Manufacturing Awards program recognizes companies making important progress in productivity, growth and innovation. Considered the Oscars for Washington state manufacturers, companies will be honored in seven categories: Manufacturing Company of the Year, Executive of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Food & Beverage Processor of the Year, Emerging Manufacturer of the Year, Building Trades Manufacturer […]

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#MFGDay17: Career Paths For A Stronger Community

ControlTek, along with nLight Photonics and TigerStop, are outstanding Clark County manufacturers with forward thinking leadership and process improvement mentality.  They know what it takes to build an outstanding organization and to attract talent.  No wonder they produced this excellent video touting the manufacturing mission and its career opportunities.  Please take a look!

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DoD Contractors Required to Meet Cybersecurity Requirements by Year End

Cooley Alert October 4, 2017 The window for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to bring themselves into compliance with cybersecurity requirements is closing. Specifically, changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) published in late 2016 require that DoD contractors and subcontractors provide “adequate security” on “covered information systems.” The new rule also imposes […]

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Manufacturing Day 2017

What is Manufacturing Day? Quite simply, this is a day to celebrate manufacturing and all that it is – and isn’t.  There are a lot of misconceptions about the manufacturing industry and, as a result, there is a job gap.  Not enough skilled workers are joining the workforce and that job gap is growing.  Meanwhile, […]

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Q & A With Sarah Stuart: Innovate or Die?

Here is a question that we received, and while we don’t receive this question very often, we think the answer is useful and interesting. Question: My company needs to innovate. We have been making the same product with the same processes for a while now.  I fear if we don’t innovate, we are going to […]

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