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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

Lean Inventory Training Helps Glassworks Studio Reduce Mess and Stress, Increase Success

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By 2021 the business was growing fast – almost 75% quarter-over-quarter – but the team was inefficient. The designer didn’t feel like she could fix it on her own. “I knew there was a lot I didn’t know. We all had ideas [on how to improve efficiency] but had to have an outside person facilitate it, help us pick the right approach and implement it

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
Created March 18, 2019, Updated April 3, 2024