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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

Hearthstone Warms Up to and Embraces Growth Improvement and Workforce Upskilling

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Having doubled their sales the previous year, Hearthstone knew they needed to upskill their staff to be able to meet the demand with the current staffing levels. Having worked with VMEC, part of the MEP National Network™, for many years on lean-based efforts, Hearthstone reached out to VMEC for their support in their growth efforts.

70-Year-Old Vermont Company "Reels" in Employee Recruitment and Retention

Reported Year
Having identified employee recruitment and retention as one of their top three strategic challenges over the next three years, Carris knew they needed to find a solution to strengthen supervisor-employee relationships. Having worked with VMEC, part of the MEP National Network™, over the course of many years on lean and kata projects, Carris turned
Created March 18, 2019, Updated September 16, 2023