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Impact Washington – NIST MEP Invests in Building a Foundation for Change to Deliver Exceptional Results to the Manufacturing Community

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | News Release, All

The company is committed to being a change-competent organization focused on providing the most value to clients and industry partners.

Bothell, WA (April 12, 2023) - Impact Washington, an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP), has been investing in being a change-competent organization to improve processes and build a culture that embraces change.

Impact Washington is immediately adding a Senior Program Manager/Change Leader to the organization. Sarah Stuart will fill this position and report to Impact Washington’s newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Ingle. "Sarah is the ideal person for this new role as she is capable and dedicated. She is well-respected within the organization and, as a long-time employee, understands the business goals and strategies we need to achieve,” says Ingle.

Stuart has dedicated the last 21 years to working at Impact Washington. She is a process improvement and change management specialist with a proven track record of increasing product speed and reducing costs. Focusing on Lean Six Sigma and quality systems, Sarah takes a holistic approach to identifying opportunities, developing solutions, managing initiatives, and identifying the resources and disciplines needed to execute continuous improvement and deliver the operational transformation that provides the most value.

In response to global disruption, the manufacturing sector has changed dramatically since 2020. Manufacturing leaders today continue to navigate uncertainty while battling cost pressures and undergoing initiatives to bolster security, efficiency, and innovation. 

“We are committed to being a change-competent organization constantly searching for ways to improve and grow as the industry changes and opportunities present themselves," says President and Center Director Deloit R. Wolfe Jr. “We want to ensure that any business changes are implemented quickly and realized to their full potential through effective change leadership. Given the current opportunities in Washington state, our clients and industry partners need us to be the most effective organization we can be.”

In addition to adding Stuart, because executives and senior managers play a critical role in the outcome of a change, every member of the Impact Washington Leadership became a certified PROSCI Change Practitioner in early 2023.


About Impact Washington

Impact Washington is a statewide non-profit organization that provides competitive, value-driven consulting and training services. With access to public and private resources, we enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand manufacturing capacity in Washington. Our solutions, consulting, and educational opportunities focus on small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the state. We are the Washington state affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP). Our nationwide network comprises manufacturing extension partnership centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1997 Impact Washington has delivered improvement solutions to more than 1,500 Washington State manufacturers.

Media Contact: Carol Blayden | cblayden@impactwashington.org | 425.231.5828

About MEP National Network™

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today's technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed. In 2022, the MEP National Network interacted with 33,500 manufacturers, leading to $18.8 billion in sales, $2.5 billion in cost savings, $6.4 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 116,700 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

About NIST

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology to enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov


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