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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My Summer At Impact Washington – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

This will be my final blog for Impact Washington. While I will continue to work remotely, I will be back in Vermont as a full-time student finishing my degree. These past three months have been exceptionally enjoyable in both entering the business world and also the Pacific Northwest (this past week of smoke and intense […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

Artifex Wine Co, located in Walla Walla, is one of the few custom crush wineries in Washington State. In Artifex, the art of winemaking and the witty of manufacturing intersect. They are a manufacturing company in the strict sense of the concept with only one exception: the output of its manufacturing process is a living […]

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