Moving RI Manufacturers Forward

Plan, Perform, Grow

Polaris MEP, a division of the URI Research Foundation and funded by NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) guides RI manufacturers to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost efficient operations.

Our local industry experience, national connections and global market access make the difference.

We help you create new products for more markets, and grow your business profitably.

Work with us to:

  • Leverage the University of RI’s business and technical capabilities to grow your business.
  • Cultivate a skilled manufacturing workforce.
  • Compete globally with cost efficient processes and supply chain optimization.
  • Make industry connections to invigorate your growth.


RI Results With Impact (2016)

Jobs Added / Saved
Increased / Retained Sales (million$)
Cost Savings (thousand$)

Client Testimonials

  • Our management team was so impressed with the results of our partnerships with Polaris and Mr. Gilheeney that we immediately committed to another project for 5S Lean Manufacturing. We are expecting results from 5S to be similar to what was achieved with ISO and will explore other Polaris programs to give us the direction to be globally competitive.

    Craig Pickell
    President, Bullard Abrasives
  • The (Polaris assisted) Lean training and implementation has allowed for a fundamental change in the way we approach problem solving. Decisions are now based upon teamwork, gaining consensus and buy-in from the managers and employees. As a result, the company is more flexible and adaptable. The Lean initiative has allowed non-management employees to develop and utilize problem solving and management skills that they would not have been called upon to use before. It has inspired our employees to push themselves out of their comfort zones and to take leadership roles within our company.

    Kurt Hague
    VP of Corporate Development, ChemArt