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Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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PA MEP serves small and medium sized manufacturers in the state by enhancing their productivity and technological performance to create a positive and enduring economic impact in their communities and in Pennsylvania. Small and medium-sized manufacturing companies represent 12% of the total gross state product. According to the U.S. Policy Institute, Pennsylvania ranks 5th in the nation among all the states in manufacturing employment. Manufacturing businesses provide over 578,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, representing approximately one out of every 11 jobs in the state. Managed by the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Foundation, the PA MEP is a public-private partnership sponsored by NIST MEP. The PA MEP is also supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and by the manufacturers who receive essential training and consulting services to increase competitiveness and grow their companies.

To serve the regional diversity of the state’s manufacturing base, PA MEP manages MEP federal funding and program outcomes for a network of seven Industrial Resource Centers who are regional affiliates strategically focused on meeting the needs of the geographic region. Affiliates include: Catalyst Connection (southwest); DVIRC (southeast); IMC (central); MANTEC (south central); MRC (Lehigh Valley); NEPIRC (northeast); and NWIRC (northwest). 

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Success Stories

First Quality Implements TWI During Pandemic

Reported Year
First Quality Products of Lewistown has had productivity impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turnover has increased and pandemic driven absences due to illness and quarantine has strained production. As a result, there is a demand for more training as the need for cross training and new hire training has increased. These factors have driven a need

Centered on Quality

Reported Year
York Precision Machining & Hydraulics first engaged with MANTEC, part of the Pennsylvania MEP and the MEP National Network™, in 2018 on an IT Infrastructure GAP Analysis project. Since that time MANTEC has provided SEO, employee development support, and cybersecurity projects. York Precision Machining & Hydraulics recently turned to MANTEC for DCMA

Organizational Development Training Yields Significant Results to Chemical Manufacturer

Reported Year
Polysciences reached out to DVIRC, part of the Pennsylvania MEP and the MEP National Network™, for support with improving the skill sets of their key leaders, supervisors, and managers through focused development training related to leadership skills, as well as a getting back to basics refresher on good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for
Created March 18, 2019, Updated July 12, 2021