What’s next for Southwest Washington’s manufacturing scene?

While the last few years have been strong for manufacturing in Southwest Washington, leaders in economic development are busy working to grow the industry now and in the years to come. In order to do that, officials at the state and regional level are trying to predict where the industry is headed. Thanks in part […]

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How Next-Gen Lean Can Save Defense Manufacturers

Impact Washington is working to save family wage jobs through the Defense Manufacturing Pilot Program Thousands of Washingtonians count on small and medium-size manufacturers for family wage jobs. But many of these companies don’t have the resources they need to withstand defense cuts. Where can these manufacturers get the help they need to diversify and […]

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Announcing the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)

At Impact Washington, our mission is to help Manufacturing companies in Washington State grow. I’m excited to announce a new partner program that is aligned with this mission, the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, or NNMI, consists of multiple linked Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Each has a unique technological […]

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Impact Washington Gets New Home

Washington Manufacturing Alert Vol. 8, Issue 10 May 9, 2016   For most of its 18-plus years of existence, Impact Washing- ton, the manufacturing extension organization for the state, has been based in Mukilteo. As of June 1, though, Impact Washington will call the North Creek area of Bothell in Snohomish County home. Impact Washington […]

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Grow your Business in 2016 with Impact Washington!

Governor Jay Inslee, Puget Sound Regional Council and Impact Washington rolled out results of a pilot project that will save over $1 million annually for six defense manufacturers and will result in a total of 70 more jobs in one company alone. The pilot tested whether the NextGen LEAN program could help small- and medium-size […]

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Are You Aware Of The Latest ISO Certification Requirements?

Are you aware of the latest ISO certification requirements? ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. The ISO 9001 standard was revised in September, 2015. At Impact Washington we use the principles of Lean […]

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Washington Manufacturing Awards 2016

Last week, Seattle Business magazine honored 15 pioneering companies at its annual Washington Manufacturing Awards gala. The event attracted 300 business leaders from across the state. The diversity of this year’s finalists —which included companies that make everything from RFID tags to bakery equipment —demonstrates the breadth and depth of the state’s industrial base. “The […]

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The Wisdom of Andy Grove

Want to create manufacturing jobs in the US? Ask someone besides a politician how to make it happen: Ask someone who does it. In March, the death of Andy Grove, Intel’s driving force, leader and management guru at Intel for over 30 years reminded us that our manufacturing leaders know a thing or two about […]

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Skills for Growth – Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit

By Pete Carlson (President of Regional Growth Strategies) A new skill development system is beginning to take shape in regions across the US. It’s defining feature is that it’s demand-driven – that is, it focuses on getting the right workers with the right skills to the right place at the right time. This new system […]

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Grow your Business in 2016 with Impact Washington!

Greetings, In early 2015, I joined Impact Washington as President and Center Director after six years as a board member. My background is primarily electromechanical manufacturing in the Pacific NW. As an entrepreneur, and CEO of several successful companies and a former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, I have a strong appreciation and […]

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