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Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP)

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The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP) is one of the state’s “hidden” treasures. The 501(c)3 non-profit was created by Delaware manufacturers and the Delaware Economic Development Office (now Delaware Division of Small Business) in 1993 to help Delaware manufacturers stay competitive in a global economy.

DEMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network™ in Delaware. The MEP National Network is comprised of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Some Centers are run through partner organizations, while others are independent. DEMEP functions on behalf of Delaware Technical Community College, and is based at the College’s Stanton Campus.

So what does this all mean to the small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the State of Delaware? It means that they can look to DEMEP as a trusted business advisor that can help companies create (Lean) continuous improvement cultures, implement quality management systems, access new technologies and grow new markets. As part of the MEP National Network, DEMEP agents have access to the experience and knowledge of more than 1,300 fellow experts across the country and local resource partners to help companies find new ways to accomplish their goals.

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Success Stories

The Journey to Sustainability

Reported Year
2021
Liveo has many responsibilities – including sustainable production that protects people and the environment. They take this responsibility very seriously and pursue ambitious goals: to minimize the consumption of resources, minimize the amount of waste, reduce emissions and, wherever possible, replace environmentally hazardous substances. However

DEMEP and Advanced Materials Technology Partner for Growth

Reported Year
2020
As a small company founded by scientists, AMT was looking to introduce their products to a wide customer base in the pharmaceutical/bio-pharmaceutical; food and beverage; and environmental/industrial market segments. To further the businesses, they recognized the need to enhance their production capabilities with formal training in manufacturing

Polymer Technology Pivots to Save Manufacturing Jobs and Fill Critical Need

Reported Year
2020
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Polymer Technologies found business declining and became concerned layoffs would be imminent unless a new demand could be identified. The company was willing to pivot its talent and resources in other directions to offset the loss of current customer demand. After reviewing company capabilities and market
Created March 18, 2019, Updated May 18, 2021