The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing $1.9 million to fund the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, Philadelphia, Pa., for its third year of operation. DVIRC is part of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers.
NIST's decision to continue funding DVIRC followed a review by NIST of the center's knowledge of the region's smaller manufacturers, its technology and business resources, technology delivery mechanisms, and management and financial plan. Other funding is provided by the state.
Established in 1988 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, DVIRC joined NIST's MEP in 1995. DVIRC serves the five counties surrounding Philadelphia.
Results of ongoing surveys confirm that MEP services--delivered to almost 56,000 firms since 1989--are yielding sizable benefits. For example, a recent sampleof 2,071 client companies around the country reported that, as a result of MEP services, they:
News and general information on the MEP are available on the Internet's World Wide Web at http://www.mep.nist.gov. Smaller manufacturers can call 800-MEP-4MFG (800-637-4634) to reach the MEP center serving their area.
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.