Impact Dakota Blog

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce

Posted by Guest Blog on Aug 15, 2018 9:33:09 AM

Discussion Paper McKinsey Global Institute, May 2018

Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?

Read More

Topics: Automation

Manitoba Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to Visit Two of North Dakota's Leading Manufacturers

Posted by Impact Dakota on Aug 10, 2018 11:26:00 AM

On August 23 members of CME Manitoba (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Manitoba Division) will be visiting two of North Dakota's leading manufacturers.  With assistance from Impact Dakota, North Dakota’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, representatives from CME Manitoba had an opportunity to learn about a number of area companies and selected Steffes of Grand Forks, and Cardinal IG of Fargo, for showcasing during their annual tour event.  Each company is unique in terms of their products, market, and production processes but both have demonstrated extensive efforts and progress toward continuously improving their production and operation and engaging employees.

Read More

Building the Next Generation of Modern Manufacturers Starts with MFG Day

Posted by Guest Blog on Aug 9, 2018 11:24:00 AM

Did you know 35 percent of students engaged in career and technical education (CTE) have no contact with potential future employers, according to a recent report by the Manufacturing Institute? This represents a huge opportunity for manufacturers to connect with students who are already in the process of equipping themselves with the skills they need to join the modern manufacturing team. 

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing Day

Does your airline still cross seat belts? A ten-point lean checklist for leaders

Posted by Guest Blog on Aug 7, 2018 2:22:46 PM

By Alex Dichter, Roben Riedel, Ron Ritter, and Steve Saxon

The airline industry has begun to embrace lean operations in recent years, for good reason. Airlines are process, labor, and capital intensive: small reductions in waste-the eternal enemy of lean-go straight to the bottom line, improve the customer experience, and engage employees in a more productive "value added" workplace.

Read More

Topics: Lean Culture, Lean Product Development

White, and in the minority

Posted by Guest Blog on Aug 1, 2018 11:17:20 AM

Read More

The Electric Car Market Revs Up

Posted by Guest Blog on Jul 30, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Seeing more electric cars on the road? Last year, sales of electric vehicles (EVs) charged forward, as environmentally minded consumers found less expensive, longer-range models on the market. In 2017, for the first time, new EV sales passed a million units globally (exhibit); by 2020, EV producers could almost quadruple that number to 4.5 million, or about 5 percent of the global light-vehicle market. And by 2030, EVs could rise to almost 20 percent of annual global sales (and almost 35 percent of sales in Europe).

Read More

Students’ Attitudes Shift after Experiencing Manufacturing

Posted by Guest Blog on Jul 26, 2018 10:22:00 AM

How do you get students to pursue manufacturing careers? In most cases, it’s not so much up to you as them. Per a study conducted by The Manufacturing Institute, SkillsUSA, and the Educational Research Center of America, 64% of students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses say that their own interests and experiences are the most important factor in choosing a career path.

Read More

Topics: Manufacturing Day

Should Manufacturers Use Video in Their Marketing Mixes?

Posted by Guest Blog on Jul 24, 2018 9:36:17 AM

Read More

Topics: Marketing

7 Things Every Manufacturer Can Do To Make Their MFG DAY Event A Success

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jul 19, 2018 9:52:00 AM

How can you make sure your Manufacturing Day event is a success? One of the most important things to do is to establish a connection with your guests. Those few hours you spend with them are your chance to communicate the importance of what you do — and the creativity, advanced skills and technology required to do it. Ideally, your passion will spark something similar in the young people who you introduce to manufacturing, inspiring them to learn more about the industry and one day join the manufacturing team.

Read More

AI and Impact Dakota — China

Posted by Tony Richards on Jul 16, 2018 9:04:16 AM

Much has been written about the rise of China as an economic and geopolitical force. Let’s break off one chunk this week: China’s role as a major player in digital technologies at home and around the world.

Read More


Impact Dakota is the official representative
of the MEP National Network in North Dakota.


Impact Dakota - Bismarck

1929 North Washington St, Suite M
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: 701-204-7000
Toll-free: 866-297-8250
Fax: 701-354-0991

Impact Dakota - Fargo

4141 38th Street SW, Ste 1D
Fargo, ND 58104

Phone: 701-204-7000
Toll-free: 866-297-8250
Fax: 701-271-9403