June 2018


The Northern Plains Manufacturing Association (NPMA) is proud to introduce to you to the launch of an extremely critical product that can provide benefit for you and your employees for years to come.

We are offering a Group Health Plan designed specifically for North Dakota manufacturers, regardless of size or number of employees. This plan is designed with you in mind, and gives a money saving opportunity with several options to meet your specific operational requirements.

There will be informational meetings held across North Dakota in the coming weeks to provide general information, review benefits and impacts to your organization, and allow for plenty of Q&A. 

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Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Training — June 18-20 • Bismarck

If you manufacture, process, pack or hold food in the USA, you may need PCQI!

Those who need to direct, manage or perform the duties of a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, including executives such as VP Regulatory, Director of Food Safety, Plant Managers, Maintenance Managers, Production Supervisors, Quality Assurance personnel, and Training personnel. Bringing key leaders and cross functional team members to the course can be instrumental in building or strengthening your food safety culture.
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2018 Kentucky Lean Study Mission Trip August 20, 2018 - August 23, 2018

Click here for a special message from Mike Hoseus!

Discover first-hand what is at the heart of the lean business model through a series of plant tours, talks, and peer networking.  You will see the tools and systems of operational excellence in action as you tour companies demonstrating excellence in the fundamentals such as 5S, visual management, problem solving, standardized work, quality at the source, safety, continuous flow, intelligent automation and much more.

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Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 5, 2018.

While Manufacturing Day is officially Oct. 5, companies and community organizations should plan their events on the date in October that works best for them. No matter the date, events should be registered on the site and can be marked as public or invitation-only events.

Registered event hosts have access to free event planning and execution resources and toolkits to make planning a Manufacturing Day event easy!

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Delusional Excellence

By Becky Morgan, President of Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc. and AME Author

Most manufacturers are working diligently on “getting better.” The question is: for what purpose? I’m frequently told that cost reduction and implementing employee ideas are the goals, and they’re not bad reasons to take action. They are not, however, the reason your business exists. Focusing on them is nice but does not assure the future of your business or engagement of your employees.

Vision and mission are terms that many of us scorn as entirely too esoteric for manufacturing operations. That is a mistake. Meaningful improvement, by definition, moves an organization closer to its vision. Improvement that does not accomplish that is simply change.

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All Around the Kitchen: Tales of a Kitchen Remodel Sourced in the U.S.

By: Ken Voytek

Without manufacturing, the room where you make dinner would be rather stark and barren. There’d be no pots, no pans, no stoves, no spatulas, no appliances – big or small. There’d be no way to prepare the meals that give you and your family sustenance. With no counter, there wouldn’t even be a place to set down your coffee cup!

Manufacturing is ubiquitous.

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Family Friendly Factory Tours

By: Beth Colbert

It’s spring break for my 6-year-old grandson Bruce, and I’m spending the week with him in Oakland, California. What to do? We make a couple of trips to the park, looking for rocks on Treasure Island (that was a bust). When did the days get so long? 

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy American Made  USA Products

by The Made in America Movement Team  

“Buy Made in the USA Products ” and “Buy American” might sound like nothing more than a slogan advanced by American manufacturers to sell made in the USA products. But the truth is that there are many reasons to consider buying American-made clothing, American made toys, and other US-manufactured goods.

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Words Should Matter to Leaders

By: Chancy Lyford

In an exchange with a colleague the other day, I shared a phrase my grandmother often used to say, “nothing’s so bad it can’t get worse.”  Throughout my life, I have thought about those words and how grateful I am to have never adopted such an outlook on how I lead or live my life.

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