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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

Facility Site Selection & Process Flow Layout

Reported Year
2021
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

Maine Company Successfully passes transition audit to ISO 9001:2015

Reported 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

Reported 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
Created March 18, 2019, Updated May 18, 2021