MEP connected me with the right team to do manufacturing research so that I ended up getting the right machine for my size business and needs. They provided funding for the research itself, which saved me time and energy, and saved me at least $50,000 in equipment costs.
Felicity Loft's team had space constraints and a certain type of pyramidal tea bag in mind, a compostable one also suited to the company's preferred number of grams of tea per sachet. Company leadership, busy hand-packing tea, also didn't have the time they truly needed to dedicate to the research, either. Alaska MEP helped Felicity Loft identify an appropriate piece of equipment suited to working with compostable materials, which not all machines can handle. Ultimately, through finding a machine that worked, Alaska MEP was able to help the company avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars on a machine that wouldn't have truly suited their needs in the end. Based on advice and consultation Felicity Loft had been given in the market, these machines would cost at minimum $90,000 to purchase and install.