Northern Initiatives Prosperity. Money and Know How

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Looking to improve product quality, shorten lead times and boost customer satisfaction?

Look into Lean and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Upper Peninsula!

Northern Initiatives as an affiliate of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center offers direct services to small and medium sized manufacturers to connect them with the best manufacturing practices and technologies available.

At Northern Initiatives our focus is to help you:

  • Be more responsive to your customer needs
  • Improve your product quality
  • Reduce inventory and the costs that go along with it
  • Shorten lead times
  • Eliminate and prevent waste
  • Improve customer responsiveness and satisfaction levels

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Lean Manufacturing

Ready to begin or continue your Lean journey and focus your resources on:

  • Reduction/Elimination of the 8 common manufacturing wastes.
  • Process improvement.
  • Work flow improvement.
  • 5S – Workplace organization
  • Kaizen Events

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Quality Systems

We leverage expert resources to provide you with a practical, proven approach to the implementation of the ISO 9001. Put our experience in interpreting and applying the standards to work for you.

Whether you need a comprehensive training program, customized on-site consulting, or action plan development we have the resources to help you reach your quality standards.

We can advance your certification objectives and assist you with:

  • ISO 9001: 2015 Transition
  • ISO 9001 Management Overview
  • Quality Auditing to ISO 9001
  • Employee Awareness of ISO 9001
  • ISO 9001 Implementation
  • ISO 9001 Documentation
  • Implementing ISO 13485

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Northern Initiatives offers professional development training and coaching for leaders and teams focusing on improving workplace performance through improved interaction among your workforce.

Training Topics:

  • Leadership/ Supervisory Skills
  • Team Skills
  • Train-the-Trainer
  • Facilitator Skills
  • Company specific training

Contact Kristin Smith at or (715) 889-0182


Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - Upper Peninsula

For over 20 years, MMTC- Upper Peninsula has delivered high quality manufacturing and technical support to small / medium-sized manufacturers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.