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Composite of an Innovation Cluster

Composite of an Innovation Cluster

Polaris MEP & Composites Alliance of RI Awarded Industry Cluster Grant According to the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the composites industry is posed for steady growth: the U.S. industry grew by 6.3% in 2014 and is projected to grow an...

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Have you ever found yourself going to a movie because the starring actor was an Oscar winner? After the Grammy Awards, are you more inclined to download a song because of the results? You’re not alone. It’s human nature to embrace credibility. Which brings me to the...

RI Manufacturing Boot Camp Launched to Fill Skills Gap

RI Manufacturing Boot Camp Launched to Fill Skills Gap

No cost program created to provide RI manufacturers with newly trained workforce PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, has joined forces with Rhode Island Manufacturers...

Challenge Forecasting for Very Small Manufacturers

Challenge Forecasting for Very Small Manufacturers

Recently there has been an increasing appetite for information and results around working with the smallest manufacturers. Not just the generally defined small manufacturer with under 500 employees, but the very small manufacturers with under 20 employees. MEP is...

Momentum in Manufacturing

Momentum in Manufacturing

Do you feel the rising energy in Rhode Island’s manufacturing community these days? It springs from a quiet confidence that companies have about their future based on projected or recently won contracts. Even though these good signs haven’t hit the state or federal...

Supply Chains – Powering U.S. Manufacturing

Supply Chains – Powering U.S. Manufacturing

Manufacturing Supply Chains [Original post by Mark Schmit, NIST MEP National Accounts Manager] The future success of any manufacturing company relies upon its ability to deliver the right product at the right time with the right quantity at the right price.  Products...

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