Bringing Science On the Road

Everyone agrees:  We need to get the youth of America excited about manufacturing. Doing that can prove to be a challenge; but one unique program, the PlastiVan, is getting the job done. “The PlastiVan Program is a great way to WOW and excite young people about the science and the vast opportunities the plastics industry […]

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Bringing Manufacturing Day Home

The first proclamation for #MFGDay16 came from right here in Washington state when Governor Jay Inslee declared that Friday, October 7 would officially be Manufacturing Day. The best way to celebrate Manufacturing Day is to host an event. It can be public, private, big, small, even virtual. Your target audience can be community members, the media, […]

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Getting Involved On Manufacturing Day

While any day can be manufacturing day, the official Manufacturing Day is coming soon on Friday, October 7, 2016. What is Manufacturing Day? MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working […]

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Considering Human Factors Requirements in ISO 9001 & AS9100

Guest blog post by Marcia Buser and Tristan Buser-Molatore In our last blog post, we reported on changes coming to the aerospace quality management standards that we learned about at the American Aerospace Quality Group aerospace auditors workshop held July 21 and 22. In this post we share what we learned about one of the […]

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Any Day Can Be Manufacturing Day

What is Manufacturing Day? Manufacturing Day℠ is a grassroots movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today.  One of the biggest of these challenges is a gap in skilled labor. 80% of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers that they need. This is due in part to the public perception that careers in […]

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Workforce Program A Big Hit With Local Manufacturers

43 Clark County manufacturers are taking advantage of the Make it in Washington program This post originally appeared in a July 15, 2016 issue of The Vancouver Business Journal. The loss of American manufacturing jobs to cheap-labor foreign countries is a common and contentious topic this election year. But some national efforts to keep those […]

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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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