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South Dakota Businessman Appointed to National Advisory Board

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. –   Bill Shorma, president of Rush-Co Industries in Springfield, S.D., has been named to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Shorma began his three-year term in May.

“Bill Shorma will be a terrific asset to the NIST MEP Advisory Board,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “His knowledge of our state’s manufacturing industry coupled with his broad policy experience ensures South Dakota’s voice will be heard on a national level.”   

South Dakota’s Manufacturing & Technology Solutions (MTS) Program is the MEP affiliate for South Dakota and is in partnership with the GOED, and 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. And according to Wes Kelly, director of MTS, the program works with more than 150 manufactures a year statewide and those companies range in size, anywhere from five to 500 employees.

“South Dakota’s manufacturing industry continues to grow and as that’s happening, it’s important we have strong representation on a national board,” Kelly said. “I have every faith in Bill that he’ll be South Dakota’s voice when it comes to promoting our manufacturing industry. He’s been in the industry for a long time. He’s passionate and well connected. Bill will be a great representative for South Dakota.”

“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. My goal is to help NIST/MEP provide them the necessary training and tools that gives them the same skills as the larger manufactures in order to better compete worldwide. South Dakota is a great place to do business and I’m eager to share that with NIST/MEP and MTS Program clients.”

The NIST MEP 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.

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