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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

Polaris MEP Helps Downeast Coffee Roasters Brew Efficiency Through Lean Process Improvements

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“We thought we were doing a really good job,” said VP of Sales and Marketing Michael Kapos, “and we were. But you can always make a process better.” The manufacturer was growing its footprint, aiming at the New Hampshire market and expanding grocery sales. Downeast was considering a major investment to bring production of their cold brew in house

TAG! Sign Manufacturer Finds Kaizen is “It” for Transformation And Growth

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Tags produced at the North Smithfield, RI, location made up roughly 15% of the NMC revenue on an annual basis. The team wanted to be ready to take on more work, however. “We’re in a small building, and the company’s growing,” said Plant Manager Brandon Castaneda. “Even through the pandemic we’ve seen nothing but growth. Where are we going to put
Created March 18, 2019, Updated January 26, 2022