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Polaris MEP

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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

Packaging Process Kaizen & Kata Lead to 70% Increase in Output for Asian Food Manufacturer

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Chi Kitchen had enjoyed swift success and growth of their fermented vegetable products, mostly Kimchi. As time went on, the team found it difficult to scale processes and workforce to produce the desired quantity of product. After CEO or, as Chi Kitchen calls it, “CHI-EO” Luong attended a Polaris MEP “One Day Lean” workshop, she recognized the

"Keep up the good work. Polaris MEP is a huge asset to every business in the state of RI. We look forward to working with them again on future projects."

—Richard Grundy, President

Created March 18, 2019, Updated February 11, 2021