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New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP)

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Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation's (NYSTAR) mission is to advance technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. Through regional New York MEP centers, NYSTAR works to provide direct technology assistance to small and medium size manufacturers and other businesses. A key strength of New York MEP is its affiliation with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s nationwide MEP network, allowing it to draw upon the expertise within over 400 local outreach centers across the country. As a network of 11 independent, not-for-profit organizations, New York MEP centers cultivate the growth of high-tech industry and help smaller manufacturers modernize. The organizations share a common commitment to providing direct, strategic assistance to companies in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, product development, high-tech business incubator management and technology transfer services.

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Success Stories

Hazardous Waste Reduction

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The hazardous waste managed at Durez is distillate by-product from production kettles, spent solvent used for cleaning, and various other small streams. Approximately 92% of the waste is the distillate material which is sent to a permitted incinerator for treatment. Some of the resins that Durez produces utilize reactants which result in

Hitting the Standards to Keep Customers

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011 was the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. The goal was to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it, but as a comprehensive overhaul, it brought a lot of confusion up and down the food

Lean Enables Growth at GTI Fabrication

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As GTI grew rapidly, the company began to struggle with cycle time, on-time delivery and product quality. Ownership and management at GTI recognized their existing processes were inefficient and wasted many of their resources. Several factors, including company maturity, rapid growth, recent relocation and expanding markets, resulted in

"The project shifted our thinking from being opportunistic to being strategic. The analysis process gave us a framework for making operations and sales decisions with greater confidence in order to sustain our business for another 88 years."

—Steve Cockram, General Manager

Created March 18, 2019, Updated February 11, 2021