Nine prominent industry and economic development leaders have been appointed to serve on the newly created Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board. The appointments were made by Robert Hebner, acting director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, which manages the MEP.
The board members are:
Members were selected for their expertise in the area of manufacturing and industrial extension and for their work on behalf of small manufacturers. Meeting three times a year, the board will provide advice on MEP programs, plans and policies. The board will summarize its findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce in an annual report.
The NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a nationwide network of centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers. Results of ongoing surveys confirm that MEP services-delivered to almost 56,000 firms since 1989-are yielding sizable benefits. For example, a recent sample of 2,071 client companies reported that, as a result of MEP services, they:
A non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.
News and general information on NIST (http://www.nist.gov) and the MEP (http://www.mep.nist.gov) are available on the Internet's World Wide Web. Smaller manufacturers can call 1-800-MEP-4MFG to reach the MEP center serving their area.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Biographical sketches of the board members are available by contacting Janice Kosko, (301) 975-2767