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Moving RI Manufacturers Forward

Polaris MEP provides competitive business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is a statewide nonprofit organization, 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.

Our Guiding Principles / Values

  • We are proactive with urgency
  • We are trustworthy
  • We listen and seek to understand
  • We are committed to creating a diverse environment built on respect for all
  • We actively seek solutions through the manufacturing ecosystem


Polaris MEP consultants have years of manufacturing experience, which they leverage for customized solutions to client needs. Click here to meet our team.

Polaris MEP manufacturing experts Kathie Mahoney and Lindsey Brickle speak at an innovation event in Providence, Rhode Island


Since 1996, Polaris MEP has delivered improvement solutions to over 750 Rhode Island manufacturers, helping them achieve sustainable and profitable growth. Our team of seasoned project managers have been part of the manufacturing community through good times and bad–we’ve seen companies struggle, and we’ve helped companies soar. In the last decade, we’ve seen our state’s manufacturing community rebound. Now, we look forward to guiding companies as we navigate the new era of advanced manufacturing together.

Partnering for Success

Strategic partners are an integral part of making our manufacturers successful. Learn more about our network of service, educational and workforce providers!