About

Moving RI Manufacturers Forward

Polaris MEP is a statewide non profit organization that provides competitive manufacturing business improvement programs to grow RI’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation.

Since 1996 Polaris MEP has delivered improvement solutions to over 750 Rhode Island manufacturers to help them achieve sustainable and profitable growth.

Polaris MEP provides one-on-one consulting, public workshops and in-house training in the following:

  • Strategic Growth
  • Technology Acceleration
  • Innovation Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Change Management
  • Supply Chain
  • Lean Solutions
  • ISO/Six Sigma/Quality
  • Facilities Planning
  • Workforce Development

Polaris MEP project managers offer deep experience across several industries:

  • Textiles
  • Medical Devices
  • Heat Treating
  • Powder Coating
  • Electronics
  • Biotechnology
  • Plastic Products
  • Printing Service/Equipment
  • Metal Casting/Forming
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Machinery
  • Jewelry
  • Packaging
  • Boat Building
  • Food Production
  • Woodworking

 

The RI Manufacturing Renaissance

See inside the plants of our local Manufacturers – they are critical to RI’s economic recovery: