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Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) is able to leverage a vast array of public and private resources and services that are available to every manufacturing enterprise in Maine. The nationwide system of MEP centers is linked through the U.S. Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), with the common goal to strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.

The challenge for manufacturers today is satisfying escalating customer expectations in an increasingly volatile and competitive global market while also maintaining satisfactory profit margins. With technological change happening so rapidly many small and medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) find it difficult to keep pace with those demands. Maine MEP provides affordable, innovative solutions to these problems. Maine MEP will assist your organization in a transformation from traditional to world-class manufacturer. The MEP Center’s experienced project managers will work with companies to identify conditions that may impede a company’s ability to become more efficient, competitive and prosperous. Maine MEP can assist in providing the resources to help maximize profit. In working side by side with leadership, the Maine MEP becomes a partner for success.

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Success Stories

Maine wood and wood composite products company assisted in growth by MEP

Reported Year
While many of Cousineau’s products utilize Maine wood, some require veneers imported from Eastern Europe. These veneers are relatively expensive, must be purchased by the container load and require long lead times to acquire. The cyclic nature of demand for recreational items combined with the large investment to maintain adequate levels of

Facility Site Selection & Process Flow Layout

Reported Year
During the winter of 2018, Susan and her husband purchased the business from her in-laws and were looking to increase profitability while growing the business. Susan needed assistance relocating the business and improving efficiency. At the time, the business was located in the previous owner’s garage with very limited space which was not designed

Meeting Cybersecurity and Quality System Customer Requirements

Reported Year
A key customer required Compotech to be ISO 9001 compliant and their work with the DOD required them to be compliant with cybersecurity standard NIST 800-171. Lacking the internal systems and expertise to comply with these standards, they reached out to Maine MEP, part of the MEP National Network™, for assessment and implementation guidance.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated January 26, 2022