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Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)

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The Vermont representative of the MEP National Network ™, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has been operating statewide as a not-for-profit Center hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995. VMEC's primary mission is, "To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers." VMEC routinely collaborates with partners in business, government and education to bring world-class assistance and resources to Vermont manufacturers, helping them overcome ever-changing challenges, become more competitive, and grow their profitability. A local Resource and Trusted Advisor, VMEC has a long track record of achieving measured results and quantified impacts for its clients, with a high average Return on Investment (ROI) reported by clients as a direct result of VMEC assistance. The VMEC Team brings expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation, continuing support, and training and education for leaders and workers – helping them to innovate, plan, perform and accelerate profitable growth in ways that drive increasing enterprise value. The VMEC Team provides proven systems and solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.

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Success Stories

Gordon's Window Décor - Making their future bright by embracing 5S as standard work

Reported Year
Citing a need to establish better locations in their facility for large items such as shelves, saws and raw materials as well as realizing the additional need to clean up and organize specific target areas, including tool storage and installation trucks, GWD contacted VMEC, part of the MEP National Network™, for their assistance. The company was

Advanced Illumination revisits strategic planning, leading to improved sales efforts

Reported Year
Ai's sales had remained flat for six years while the company lost market share to a growing number of competitors. They were seeking to grow the business by doubling their sales over the next five years as well as changing their sales organization from an external to internal team. This would allow for improvements to their sales and marketing

Company-wide Lean training leads to Kata introduction

Reported Year
Kalow experienced significant growth since their previous lean efforts/ training which provided lean thinking training to key operations team members. Kalow's wanted to offer skills team members could learn and apply to everyday issues and ensure they recognize the benefit from working together by having common experiences. The company wished to
Created March 18, 2019, Updated May 18, 2021