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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

DEMEP and Advanced Materials Technology Partner for Growth

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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

3P Helps Bring New School Technology to an Old School Industry

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As PTM grew and developed, it faced the typical challenges of many small to mid-sized manufacturers – surviving in a tough economy and managing growth. All HVAC systems use ductwork, but PTM had to convince an entire industry to do things in a new way by using one of their products instead of the standard sheet metal solution. As PTM began to prove

Creating Value Through Innovation

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Action began working with DEMEP, part of the MEP National Network™, on continuous improvement tools. This inspired the company to ask how they could promote top end growth. They set a “2030 vision” that led them to seek innovation training with DEMEP. The entire company was involved with the training over a six month period. The training began with

"Learning from experts really opened our eyes to ways to improve our international business and is helping us grow. We had been fairly successful in export sales prior to taking the class. Getting practical advice on contract structure, export market considerations, and marketing strategies has helped us become more effective and professional. We regularly use the resources introduced to us in the class, and are [able to] apply learnings across the organization."

—Dr. Katherine A. Bakeev, Director Market and Customer Development

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020