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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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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