Tool Gauge Receives Grant to Bring 100 New Aerospace Jobs to Tacoma

Tacoma-based aerospace parts manufacturer Tool Gauge recently received a $125,000 grant for the hiring of approximately 100 new workers and the advanced training of 50 current employees. The grant was awarded by the Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and Impact Washington. Tool Gauge, a family-owned […]

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From Buying to Building Talent

In my thirty years working with you all in manufacturing and helping you with workforce development and training, I have constantly heard the concern that finding and keeping talent is one of the biggest challenges you face, whether in times of a more plentiful labor pool, or in tight labor markets like today’s. As the […]

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Impact Washington Center Director Press Release

Date of release: October 11, 2018 From: Impact Washington Board of Directors To: Agencies, Ecosystem partners, all employees and all Resource Partners Informational Contact:     Jessica Ingle Operations and HR Manager Impact Washington 3303 Monte Villa Parkway | Suite 340 Bothell, WA 98021 Phone: 425-344-7501 Direct: 425-287-6805 Impact Washington Chairman, Joe Heim announced today […]

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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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Q&A With Sarah Stuart: Guest Post On Cybersecurity

  This month’s Q&A With Sarah Stuart is hosted by her colleague, Geoff Lawrence, Impact Washington’s resident expert on Cybersecurity.  If you have any further questions on whether your company is prepared for a cybersecurity breech, or the upcoming DFARS deadline, please contact Geoff at We have received a lot of questions from clients […]

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Q&A With Sarah Stuart: Find Your Bright Spot

As I have traveled our state, I have received  many questions about the best way to start doing Lean. While Lean has helped many companies in some manufacturing industries improve significantly, there are still industries that are just now starting to ask questions about whether Lean is “for them”. For those companies that have been […]

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