August 2018



Northern Plains Manufacturers Association 

Join Us - notepadManufacturing companies in North Dakota are a significant contributor to the state’s economy.  We employ over 24,500 people and contribute $3.71 billion of output.  It is important for manufacturers in North Dakota to have a voice in our state and federal government and to work with regulatory agencies to ensure fair treatment. Northern Plains Manufacturing Association (NPMA) was formed to take on this important role of promoting and advocating for our sector of the economy.  NPMA will keep on top of critical industry issues and the potential impacts of policy proposals that could affect your business. NPMA will provide daily representation during sessions, creating, monitoring and tracking manufacturing bills.  

Employee health benefits are crucial to attracting and retaining talent for manufacturers.   NPMA is addressing this need as well with an Association Group Health Insurance Plan.  Small to mid-size manufacturers can see a significant cost benefit by joining this trade association group plan.  As a Board Member and manufacturer, I urge all manufacturers to find out more about NPMA and how joining could positively impact your operation.  

Lucy Spiekermeier
General Manager
Giant Snacks, Inc.

International Market Research Seminar

August 23 - Fargo

Join the US Commercial Service / North Dakota staff and learn about online tools that you can use in-house to do your own market research. During this half-day seminar, you receive a workbook and will begin doing real research to classify your products, research top countries for your industry, find trade events, find buyers, and identify other unexpected hurdles while exporting using tools more sophisticated than an online search engine, while still free and easy. Also hear from companies experienced in international market research and exporting. For questions, email Heather Ranck at, or call 701-239-5080.

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Production Planning and Scheduling  Challenges and Improvement Opportunities

August 29 • Dickinson
Registration Deadline - August 24

Impact Dakota is presenting this half-day learning opportunity that is developed to further its services to manufacturing clients helping them to improve their production and operations. This seminar presents a macro-level approach to production subsystems and practical considerations for production planning and scheduling.  Impacts of product volume and variety are discussed and the relationships to production systems and communications requirements are emphasized.  Some of the tools and techniques that can help to better address production planning challenges are also addressed.

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Impact Dakota is scheduling the next round of LECP sessions

Fargo - September 11 • Dickinson - September 13

LECP LOGO_OpenThe Impact Dakota LEAN Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) helps businesses achieve higher profitability by building internal capability and capacity to improve QUALITY, COST, and DELIVERY. This is the only nationally-certified and recognized program for Lean Certification in the country that provides individuals and companies with a comprehensive and effective roadmap for professional and workforce development that aligns with industry-recognized standards.

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PCQI Food Safety Course

November 14-16 - Bismarck

One of the most significant new rules is the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. This rule (mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)) states that every human food manufacturer, except for the very smallest who will have modified requirements, must have somebody on staff who has completed a Preventive Controls for Human Food class.

This is a three-day class that can only be taught by certified Preventive Controls Lead Trainers. Successful completion of the class certifies the graduate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). Only a PCQI can prepare the REQUIRED facility Food Safety Plan and provide ongoing verification of the Plan. PCQI training requires a background in and/or significant knowledge of food safety for the attendees. This rule of the FSMA can be found here.

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Let's Get You Certified!

Bronze LogoAre you a past LECP participant and haven't completed your Lean Bronze Certification? We can help! Certification can help you become a high-value commodity to your employer and be among the most sought-after individuals in your industry. They not only help you attain knowledge, they prove it. Certifications are a recognized and respected industry credential.Why become certified?
  • Validates your knowledge against industry standards.
  • Positions your company as an industry leader in continuous improvement.
  • Enhances your career opportunities.
  • Improves your marketability by demonstrating your commitment to continuous learning.

Impact Dakota has a program that will provide you with coaching to assist in the completion of your Bronze Portfolio. This program will consist of four sessions to be held every other week, over a two-month period either via video conference, or in-person.

Please contact Brad at Impact Dakota to learn more. 701-354-0980. 

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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