Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

Okay, time to get personal. Some of my very personal interest are, in no particular order: Wine; I am from a wine region in Spain (Jerez de la Frontera) Airplanes, because c’mon! They are so cool!! Innovation, as an integral part of my career World War II; I am a History Geek When these marry together […]

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The Produce Safety Rule and FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. It is the most sweeping reform of the United States’ food safety laws in over 70 years. The overall objective of FSMA is to focus on prevention of food safety issues. There are seven primary rules included within FSMA: Produce Safety […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

There are days when traveling in rural Washington truly feels like stepping back in time.   There are important lessons to learn on the road as well.  For example, it doesn’t matter that your silverware matches, so long as the food is good.   My far flung adventures through our state have brought me to […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

  Winemaking in Washington is a booming industry and it is the passion of our winemakers. Combining that passion, a prime location with a temperate climate, and years of knowledge, small wineries are manufacturing amazing products. Here is a just a taste of what was beyond my cubicle this week as I traveled the wine country of Eastern Washington. Passion […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

You can find amazing things in East and Central Washington. From somebody making bullets for ancient firearms to incredible woodwork like what is being Built by Daniel, a small company in Selah, WA, that makes customize furniture in wood. Daniel himself will translate your idea into his vision and will put his soul and passion […]

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An Expert’s Thoughts on the Toyota Kata Summit

I just got back from KataCon3 (the Kata Summit) in San Diego, Ca.  KataCon is a chance for seasoned Kata Practioners and those curious about Kata to meet and learn from each other.  The word Kata comes from martial arts and describes the structured protocols and routines that are practiced until they become second nature […]

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Preventive Controls for Animal Food

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule is final, and compliance dates for some businesses began in September 2016. Below are the key requirements and compliance dates. Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP’s) Established for Animal Food Production: The FDA has finalized baseline CGMP standards for producing safe animal food […]

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Attending Events Like the ISO 9001/AS9100 Standards Change: One Day Seminar Can Make Things Clear

By Kristin Kautz, SW Washington Account Executive Recently, Impact Washington hosted an ISO 9001/AS9100 Standards Change: One Day Seminar held in Vancouver, WA.  It proved to be just what the participants were looking for. The morning included a review of the new standards (AS9100 and ISO 9001) to provide an understanding what has changed.  This […]

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Happy Holidays From Impact Washington

It is hard to believe that 2016 is drawing to a close.  It was another busy year, filled with wonderful opportunties, partnering with so many incredible manufacturers in Washington State. It is incredibly fulfulling getting to work with each of you.  Whether it’s helping your business become LEAN, getting your workplace up to date with […]

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