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Manufacturing Value-Added Output Rose $2.25 Trillion in Third Quarter, another All-Time High

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jan 19, 2018 1:24:00 PM

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Visibility Crucial to Managing Supply Chain Risk

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jan 19, 2018 8:56:53 AM

74% of supply chain companies have experienced supply chain disruption at least once, based on a recent Business Continuity Institute study. A similar number of respondents (72%) admitted to not having full visibility of their supply chain. Lou Feretti, Project Executive at IBM, and Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer at Spend Matters, discussed supply chain risk in a webcast on 5/4. The two pointed out the challenges and complexities of supply chain risk, and how to overcome them. One issue that was frequently brought up was the visibility within the supply chain.

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Food Manufacturing 101—Getting Started-First Things First

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jan 11, 2018 2:56:19 PM

by Claude Smith, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

Impact Dakota will be holding a PCQI Food Safety Workshop on March 27-29, 2018, in Bismarck. Please click here for more information.

The most important aspect of starting a food manufacturing operation is Food Safety. Nothing will be more important to you and your business than never having a customer become sick, or injured, or worse from consuming your product. Food Safety in the food manufacturing world is overseen by the FDA, State and Local authorities, and many times large distributors of your product. Generally this oversight will consist of on-site audits. An auditor will walk through your operation from start to finish and will conduct a paperwork review of your production records.

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NIST 1.1 tackles cybersecurity metrics, supply chain

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jan 4, 2018 2:26:53 PM

The second draft of the update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework, NIST 1.1, may prove to be more impactful than the original version released in 2013, Larry Clinton, president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), said Wednesday.

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Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jan 2, 2018 10:26:35 AM

As the calendar turns to 2018, many manufacturers around the globe look to, and anticipate, the new realities of the future.  I hope you enjoy the following article as it provides insights into what we should be studying regarding growth and innovation on a global perspective.  Happy New Year!
Tony Richards, CEO/President,
Impact Dakota

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Impact Dakota is taking commitments for 2018 LECP Sessions

Posted by Impact Dakota on Dec 28, 2017 9:09:39 AM

Impact Dakota is now taking commitments for the 2018 LECP sessions. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Brad at 701-354-0980 or

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Ho, Ho, Ho… An Early Holiday Present

Posted by Impact Dakota on Dec 21, 2017 10:31:38 AM

By Ken Voytek

Every year, I take some time to look at what manufacturing clients across the MEP National NetworkTM  are saying about the future and the challenges they face. It’s usually part of my New Year’s resolution to take the time to step back and consider what is happening with our manufacturing clients and their businesses.

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North Dakota ExporTech™ Program now accepting applications

Posted by Impact Dakota on Dec 14, 2017 4:13:27 PM

Bismarck, ND – Impact Dakota and the ND Trade Office, along with the support from a number of planning partners and sponsors, will be holding ExporTechTM. This proven program is designed to help North Dakota manufacturers and other interested companies who want to be proactive internationally by helping them boost their sales through profitable exports. The program will be held in the first quarter of 2018.

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How Amazon is Changing American Manufacturing

Posted by Impact Dakota on Dec 7, 2017 10:39:49 AM

It's no secret that Amazon is changing the way American manufacturing works. But
there's more to the issue than just the idea that retail is different. People are buying things online much more today, instead of shopping local. That's changing whether some companies can stay in business, and is a problem especially for smaller stores and shops that cannot compete with Amazon's prices or selection. Looking beyond that, though, to manufacturing, means considering much more than just the retail sector. Here are three important issues to consider when it comes to how How the "Amazon Effect" is Changing the American Manufacturing Industry Forever.

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New Cybersecurity Resource Created for Manufacturers

Posted by Impact Dakota on Nov 30, 2017 1:30:29 PM

November 29, 2017

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is pleased to announce the publication of NIST Handbook 162 "NIST MEP Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Handbook For Assessing NIST SP 800-171 Security Requirements in Response to DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements.” The Handbook provides a step-by-step guide to assessing a manufacturer’s information systems against the security requirements in NIST SP 800-171 rev 1.

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Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.   

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