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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

Custom Container Solutions, LLC Surpasses Production Objectives with IMC Support

Reported Year
2022
IMC has been working with an area manufacturer of industrial roll-offs for several years. Past projects have included operational improvements, ERP selection, HR policies, hiring and selection practices and improved job training. As the company has grown, they transitioned to a larger facility and now have three production lines instead of one

DVIRC Helps Germantown Tool Generate $6M in New Revenue Through Market Expansion

Reported Year
2022
GTM’s leaders identified a need to diversify their client base after a careful analysis of their current revenue sources. At the time, nearly 50% of their contract manufacturing came from a single company, a manufacturer of landscape equipment found in many big box retail centers. Growth was not increasing as quickly as leadership envisioned, and

FENNER DRIVES CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Reported Year
2022
Business growth projections pointed to a need for process improvements and workforce development to keep pace with demand and to enhance the customer experience. For help Fenner contacted MANTEC, part of the Pennsylvania MEP and the MEP National Network™.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated January 26, 2022