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Springfield (June 2013 Yankton P&D) - Bill Shorma, president of Rush-Co Industries in Springfield has been named to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The advisory board was created to provide guidance and advice on the MEP program from the perspective of industrial extension customers and providers who have a vision of industrial extension with a national scope. 

"It's an honor to be called to serve on a national board of this caliber," Shorma said.  "I've been in manufacturing my whole life.  It's always been a passion of mine, so I look forward to serving as a voice for South Dakota manufacturers."

Shorma said his goal is to help the organization provide members with the necessary training and tools that gives them the same skills as the larger manufacturers in order to better complete worldwide.  He began his three-year term in May.

South Dakota's Manufacturing & Technology Solutions (MTS) Program is the MEP affiliate for South Dakota and is in partnership with GOED.  The program is hosted by the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota Small Business Development Center.

MTS provides products, services and assistance dedicated to the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of South Dakota's manufacturers.  According to MTS director Wes Kelly, the program works with more than 150 manufacturers a year statewide.  Those companies range in size from five to 500 employees.

- South Dakota Chamber board member Joe Vig, Group Vice President of KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, has been appointed chairman of the Manufacturers & Services Division of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).  As chairman, Vig will lead the division as it seeks to work with producer members of NSSGA to provide information concerning equipment, services, supplies and operating procedures to NSSGA members and the industries it serves.

Vig has been a leader in the aggregate and concrete industry for almost 40 years.  Previously, he has served as a Product Safety Committee co-chairman for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, member of the U.S. Committee on Large Dams, and past president of the American Concrete Institute - Dakota Chapter.  Before becoming president of Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. in 2001, he served as the company's engineering manager.  Prior to that, he managed the engineering departments at Morgen Manufacturing and then Essick-Mayco.  Vig has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer.

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