August 2021

We are Impact Washington! 

How Can we Help You?


Collectively, our current team has over 225 years of manufacturing experience.  We’ve led product development teams, we’ve been operations managers, we’ve owned businesses, and we’ve developed, launched, and reformulated over 600 products for retail, small businesses, and consumers around the world. We hold patents and we’ve published articles and books. We are lean experts, engineers, process specialists, data geeks, marketers, FSMA lead instructors, and more!

We sit on boards, we’ve served in the Military, and we are bilingual.

We amplify our wellbeing and positive mindset by living an #ImpactFULife. We do this through cooking, hiking, traveling, woodworking, photography, and much more.  We are unique, yet together we deliver positive Impacts to each other and our clients  Let us know how we can use our unique experiences to support your business.


We're Moving but We're Not Going Far!

 August 2021 Moving

Effective September 1st, we will be at our new location at 11812 North Creek Parkway N, Suite 205 in Bothell.


Creating An Effective Workforce Development Plan

August 2021 Blog Workplace

Since industrialization shifted its first gears and powered operations by mechanical means, there has always been a need among manufacturers to consider what is coming next. What new and improved machinery will enhance production and efficiency while, dare one dream, reduce cost? Today, it’s much the same as digitization has many operations in flux, attempting to transition from older systems to new, better ones.

Another thing that remains consistent among manufacturing companies is the need to ensure a competent workforce. A workforce that has the skills needed to not only perform current processes but also to adapt quickly to new ones provides companies with reliable support. A reliable workforce isn’t something that can be left to chance. Today’s manufacturers understand that a high-quality team needs nurturing, ongoing training and development, targeted recruiting, and much more to ensure that it continues to meet the company’s workforce goals.

Read our full article where we outline why a workforce development plan is so important for manufacturers and provide ideas for creating a robust plan that works.

View all Past BLOG Posts Here


Ready to connect with young creators? 

MFG Day 2021 Is Right Around the Corner

August 2021 MFG Day 2021

Are you interested in hosting an MFG Day event? Join thousands of manufacturers across the U.S. in showcasing the advantages of a career in modern manufacturing.

MFG Day makes a significant impact in shifting the misperception of modern manufacturing. This year, the official date for MFG Day is October 1st, but MFG Day can be any day!

We encourage you to tell your story by opening your doors—physically or virtually—and hosting an event with students, parents, educators, media, community leaders, and elected officials.

Need help getting started?

With more than 800,000 open jobs today in modern manufacturing, our recruitment effort can't start early enough. The Manufacturing Institute team has created many resources to help make your MFG Day event(s) successful. View their resources for planning your MFG Day, including webinars they've hosted throughout the summer, for practical tips and insights for the best MFG Day events.

Email us at marketing@impactwashington.org and tell us about your event so we can support and promote what you're doing.  See what's on our list so far!


Manufacturer Spotlight

August 2021 Campfire Coffee 2

Just over 1 year ago, Campfire Coffee Co open their 1st brick-and-mortar location in Tacoma, Washington.  Quincy Henry and his wife Whitni run Campfire Coffee, an outdoors-themed café that has “a social goal of getting diverse groups in nature.” Henry has been vocal about how rare it is to see Black people in ownership roles in the outdoors and in coffee. He and his wife are trying to change that, one cup at a time.  They roast coffee over a campfire, the way people did it for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years before industrial roasters became a thing.

This lost art of fire roasting is difficult to get down, but the taste is so worth it.” - Henry

As a sponsor of the 2021 South Sound Business 40 Under 40 awards, we were on hand this month at the South Sound Summer Bash to recognize Henry and the other ambitious South Sounders under the age of 40.

Their story is storybook - after an unexpected layoff and an unexpected work injury back-to-back, the journey to the future wasn’t clear.  But a long conversation driving through the mountains of Utah and Eastern Oregon after the Thanksgiving holiday led them to this simple but exciting idea: Open a coffee shop that is outdoorsy (easy enough) with a social goal of getting diverse groups in nature. Visit their website to learn more about Campfire Coffee’s story.  Visit Campfire Coffee in-person or shop their online store.


Monthly Cybersecurity Forums

Offered Through November 2021

Impact Washington other national MEP Centers, the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC), and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) continue to host Cybersecurity Forums.

We encourage company managers/leaders, board members, and IT leaders to join these informative conversations.

You can view past Forums here: 

  • July 15th                           Ransomware, Security and You | View Recording
  • August 19th                           Creating a Culture of Compliance | View Recording

Register for upcoming Forums using the links below - Forums take place 9:00 am to 10:30 am (PST)




Impact Washington

Food Training and FSMA Courses

Courses offered by the NIST-MEP Washington, Idaho, Montana Tri-State Collaborative. 

Implementing an Effective Sanitation Program in a Food Manufacturing Facility

September 15th & 16th | Twin Falls, Idaho
Learn More and Register Here

Partner Events Where We'll be

 July 2021 Leading Ladies Partner Event 1

Leading Ladies of...Aerospace 2nd Annual Global Virtual Summit

Impact Washington is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2021 Summit.

If you joined the 2020 summit, you’ll understand why everyone’s talking about Leading Ladies of Aerospace Summit: phenomenal content, stellar role models and a global audience.

The 2021 summit is not to be missed – through their collaboration with CORE Connect, they plan to smash through their previous attendee glass ceiling of 400 women and male allies! Save the date and join us!

September 23rd | 8:00-12:00
Place: Virtual
Learn More and Register Here

August 2021 PNAA Oktoberfest 2021

PNAA - Oktoberfect

September 24th| 4:00-7:00
Place: Half Lion Public House
Learn More and Register Here

August 2021 Supply Chain 2021PNDC - Supply Chain Opportunities Conference 

September 23rd | 9:15-12:00
Place: Virtual Meeting
Learn More and Register Here

August 2021 Workforce Summit 2021

Spokane - 2021 Workforce Summit

Please join us on Nov. 17, 2021, at the annual Workforce Summit, a community conversation about the workforce gaps impacting the economy in the Spokane region. Last year, more than 300 people joined virtually during the pandemic, but this year we all plan to be IN PERSON at the Convention Center, for a robust conversation that will include experts from K-12, two-year, and four-year universities, as well as workforce development and private sector employers. 

November 17th | 7:30
Place: Centennial Ballroom at Spokane Convention Center
Learn More and Register Here

Click here to read our Workforce Summit supplement in an easy to read flip book.


Washington Safe Reopening

The State of Washington has removed many COVID-19 restrictions, but the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading fast. As of August 23, masks are required for everyone in public indoor spaces, and recommended in crowded outdoor settings. For more information, please see the governor's announcement and our Safe Reopening FAQ. For updates about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and requirements, see our COVID-19 vaccine FAQ.

Need help managing your COVID Protcol? Join Washington State Employers that have already implemented the IHME's Early Detection Program. This no-cost tool lets employers and employees work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As part of Washington State’s Safe Start Program, the Early Detection Program is provided to employers at no cost and is easily launched as an app or web-based platform. The project is funded through the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Safe Start grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Read More About the Program Here 


Meet The Expert  Craig Hanela

Craig is an experienced leader with an outstanding record developing and managing world-class operations across 30+ manufacturing and distribution sites in 15 countries.  He brings a strong engineering and business acumen with a passion for team development and customer advocacy.  

Craig is President and Owner of Buyken Metal Products. Based in Kent, Washington Buyken is a leader in precision sheet metal forming, stamping and fabrication focused on individual customer needs. They have the strength and diversity to manufacture many types of products from numerous types of metals, in quantities from one to one million.

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11812 North Creek Parkway N, Suite 205
Bothell, WA 98011