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Impact Washington Extends Partnership with Industry Aerospace Association Leader for 3rd Year

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | News Release


Impact Washington Announces Continued Partnership and Support of Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) SME Track at ADVANCE/2022 Conference February 8th-10th in Lynnwood, Washington.

Impact Washington, an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP), is proud to continue its partnership with the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) to continue to offer the SME Track at their Annual Conference.

“It is an honor to continue our partnership with the PNAA. Their continued contributions to the Aerospace industry around the Northwest have helped manufacturers in immeasurable ways,” states Deloit R. Wolfe Jr., President/Center Director of Impact Washington. “Co-partnering on the SME Track has enabled us jointly to offer a unique experience for the small and medium-sized enterprises that attend the conference, and we think it's an excellent opportunity to continue to positively provide impact to all those who work within the industry.

PNAA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and strengthen the Pacific Northwest aerospace community. PNAA and Impact Washington have been actively lining up regional and national industry experts to speak around leading manufacturing topics such as workforce development, increased production efficiency, optimization, training, quality systems, cybersecurity, and more. PNAA is committed to supporting all enterprises and individuals within the aerospace sector. The SME track provides individuals in the production, engineering, quality, and human resource department with the most current information and updates about topics that matter.

“We think it’s a one-of-a-kind aerospace event in the Northwest. PNAA understands the continued potential of this important northwest sector as well as the challenges that face the industry and the workforce within it," said Carol Blayden, Director of Marketing and Partnership of Impact Washington. I'm going into my third year of being an active member of the development team for the SME Track, and over the years, I've seen the program grow in focus and attendance. We got off to a great start in 2020, and the momentum keeps building. We have been a long-time financial supporter of the association and the conference as we feel they are a driving force behind the success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest.”

PNAA’s Annual Aerospace Conference brings together hundreds of aerospace professionals, typically representing over 350 companies from more than 30 states, multiple Canadian provinces, and over a dozen countries outside North America. The annual event takes place at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

We invite your company to join us at the conference and give your employees access to insights from some of the industry’s most influential thought leaders. Visit the conference website or email Lisa Childs at for more information.

About Impact Washington

Impact Washington has mobilized its Manufacturing Network to respond to Washington manufacturers' needs through the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact Washington is a statewide non-profit organization that provides competitive, value-driven services. With access to public and private resources, our goal is to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand manufacturing capacity in Washington. Our solutions, consulting, and educational opportunities focus on the small and medium-sized manufacturers located throughout the state. We are Washington State's affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP). Our nationwide Network consists of manufacturing extension partnership centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1997 Impact Washington has delivered impactful solutions to more than 1,500 Washington State manufacturers.

Media Contact: Carol Blayden | | 425.231.5828

About MEP National Network

The 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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the Network interacted with 34,307 manufacturers. According to clients surveyed in FY 2021, the MEP National Network helped manufacturers achieve $14.4 billion in new and retained sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helped create and retain 125,746 U.S. manufacturing jobsView the National Impact Data PDF for more information about NIST MEP, the National Network, and client impacts.

About NIST

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that 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

About The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA)

Since 2001, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance has been promoting the growth and success of the region's aerospace industry with dynamic events designed to inspire aerospace leaders, connect aerospace interests, and educate the industry. Today, with members throughout the northwest and around the globe, PNAA is dedicated to delivering the latest market intelligence to ensure our region's competitive edge. Our unwavering commitment to sharing bold ideas, innovative technologies, and leading‐edge processes has strengthened the industry and earned respect from around the globe.



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