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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 Company Successfully passes transition audit to ISO 9001:2015

Report Year
2020
US Felt has always recognized the importance of a formal quality management system, but a downturn in the demand for their products forced them to let their ISO 9001 certification phase out. Key customers that required ISO 9001 certification from their suppliers were willing to continue placing orders as long as a re-certification plan was in place

Gaining Efficiencies through Process Improvement and Staff Training

Report Year
2020
Allenfarm Fence recognized the need to eliminate waste in their processes in order to grow their business. Senior Management became interested in Lean training and focused Kaizen improvements, but lacked the internal expertise to lead these changes within their organization. They reached out to Maine MEP, part of the MEP National Network™, for

Maine MEP Selects Steel-Pro as Maine’s Manufacturer of the Year for 2019

Report Year
2019
Steel-Pro reached out to Maine MEP, part of the MEP National Network™, for help retaining their largest customer. The customer, a large manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals, had set some very aggressive goals around cost reduction and therefore lower pricing. The customer has a long history of implementing Lean Manufacturing at their suppliers and

"We enthusiastically endorse MEP's ability to assist businesses with understanding the ISO standards and complying with its guidelines. We couldn't have done it without them!"

—Paul Tyson, General Manager

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020