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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

Digital Marketing Leads to Physical Expansion for Orbetron

Reported Year
2022
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

Mahr Inc. Sees Measurable Results from Relationship with Polaris MEP

Reported Year
2022
Mahr Inc. has experienced consistently strong growth in the last years. They needed help finding new quality candidates to meet production rates. The company also was looking for some specific upskilling as well as leadership training to enhance the skills of current team members and assist in employee retention.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated August 6, 2022