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A Lean Manufacturing Thanksgiving Tale?

A Lean Manufacturing Thanksgiving Tale?

Most people don’t relate Thanksgiving with Lean Manufacturing. Most people also probably don’t relate Lean Manufacturing with community collaborations and helping seniors. Yet that’s exactly what this tale is about: How Lean Manufacturing training helped a...

Polaris MEP Launches “State of RI Manufacturing Study”

Polaris MEP Launches “State of RI Manufacturing Study”

First Rhode Island Manufacturing sector-specific report will explore impact on Ocean State economy, workforce issues, and plans for innovation and growth Providence, RI – November 10, 2021 – Non-profit consulting group Polaris MEP is launching an in-depth study of...

4 Best Practices for Better Strategic Planning

4 Best Practices for Better Strategic Planning

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions Strategic Planning. Rarely were there two words viewed with more reluctance, dread, and disappointment. The process of strategic planning is often considered too time consuming for manufacturers,...

1 Global Challenge, 5 Reasons to Shop Locally

1 Global Challenge, 5 Reasons to Shop Locally

We are hearing about and seeing the supply chain disruptions around the world, including here in Rhode Island. As such, there is no better time to shop locally than right now. "Small Business Saturday" is around the corner – November 27th -- but I hope you won't wait...

Quality Digest: What Is Workforce Innovation?

Quality Digest: What Is Workforce Innovation?

This article is the sixth in a monthly series by the the America Works initiative. As a part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network’s goal of supporting the growth of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, this series focuses on...

Sustainability as a “New Normal” for Manufacturing

Sustainability as a “New Normal” for Manufacturing

What exactly does corporate sustainability mean? How can you implement and promote sustainability at your company? With all the pressures of day-to-day manufacturing, why would you even want to?​​​​​ As defined by Investopedia, sustainability focuses on meeting the...

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