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Polaris MEP provides competitive business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is a statewide nonprofit organization, an affiliate of the member of the MEP National Network (NIST MEP), and a business unit of URI Ventures (formerly, the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation).

Since 1996, Polaris MEP has delivered improvement solutions to over 750 Rhode Island manufacturers, helping them achieve sustainable and profitable growth. Polaris MEP Project Managers and partners provide one-on-one consulting, public workshops and in-house training related to Growth & Strategy, Lean Manufacturing, Quality Management Systems, Facility Layout, Cybersecurity, Technology Acceleration, Workforce Development, and more.

Polaris MEP has been part of the manufacturing community through good times and bad. In the last decade, we’ve seen our state’s manufacturing community rebound. Now, we look forward to guiding new and legacy companies as we navigate the era of advanced manufacturing together

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Success Stories

Entrepreneur Successfully Launches With Help From MEP Supplier Scouting

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While the engineer had interned at manufacturing companies, she had worked with woods and metals. “I was used to making something exactly like it was in the drawing and that’s not how soft goods manufacturing works,” said Kamada. “There’s a lot of back-and-forth in soft goods as you come up with a true spec.” Her ultimate specs addressed not just

Digital Marketing Leads to Physical Expansion for Orbetron

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The team had approached marketing with the same attitude they took to solving customer challenges — Orbetron’s owners rolled up their sleeves, created a simple website themselves and drove growth primarily from personal networking. Magazine advertising had been expensive and disappointing. As CEO Roger Hultquist said, “For us to expand our business
Created March 18, 2019, Updated September 16, 2023