National award celebrates expertise of Killdeer trainer

Sue Powers-Hartman

An international group has honored Sue Powers-Hartman, a trainer at North Dakota’s Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, for her work in helping to improve electronics manufacturing practices.
IPC, a global trade association that represents the electronics manufacturing industry, presented Powers-Hartman with its Distinguished Service Award at the association’s annual expo, which was held Feb. 11-16 in San Diego.
The organization honored Powers-Hartman for her contributions to an IPC manual that details requirements and best practices for the proper manufacturing of soldered electrical and electronic assemblies.
Powers-Hartman has worked at Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing for 20 years, and has been the company’s IPC trainer for 11 years. She is certified to teach six IPC classes on electronics and cable manufacturing.
“It is great to be apart of such a family oriented organization that is committed to excellence in one of the most elite manufacturing sectors in the world and do so from right her in North Dakota,” said Powers-Hartman.
Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing makes circuit cards, electronic subassemblies and wire harnesses for the aerospace industry. It employs about 350 people at locations in Killdeer, Dickinson, Hettinger and Regent in western North Dakota. Don and Patricia Hedger founded the family-owned company in 1987.
Kristin Hedger, KMM’s vice president for business development, said the award was a major honor for Powers-Hartman and KMM.
“This award is a true tribute to Sue’s hard work and commitment to excellence.  It is great to bring such world class honor home to North Dakota. She imparts these values daily and has been integral to our dynamic growth at KMM,” said Kristin Hedger.
IPC promotes manufacturing standards, education, training and market research in the electronics manufacturing industry, and is an industry advocate in state legislatures, Congress and regulatory agencies. Headquartered in suburban Chicago, IPC has more than 3,700 member companies worldwide, and maintains U.S. offices in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, as well as offices in Belgium, Sweden, Russia, India and China.

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