Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

I’m back!  After a long period of time where I have been focusing on finishing lots of reports and projects, I finally have a moment to think, write, and share about my trips around the State of Washington. Let’s begin with the really good news. Do you remember when I shared with you about an […]

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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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Crunch Pak and Food Service Slicing Meeting FSMA Requirements for Employee Food Safety Training

Crunch Pak and Food Service Slicing are meeting the letter of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) through investment in employee training.  Recently, the value added fruit based company utilized the Impact Washington team to train 24 employees as Food Safety Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individuals.  The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance […]

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Update

Online Training Available for Carriers Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule September 20, 2017 Today, the FDA announced the availability of an online food safety training module for carriers engaged in the transportation of food by rail or motor vehicle in the United States. FDA is offering this training free of charge to help carriers […]

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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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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

Anytime I visit a client who is eager to implement Lean Manufacturing tools, my first question is what do you need and why? And in many occasions, clients ask for reducing inventory and speeding up process. However, in order to reach that level, they need to go through a journey that will destroy some myths […]

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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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