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Improving Rhode Island Manufacturing and the Public Good

Polaris MEP drives, manages and/or plays a leading role in a variety of programs that are driven by the needs of smaller Rhode Island manufacturers. We enhance their performance and the economy of the Ocean State by working with key partners on new, innovative initiatives and by contributing to ongoing programs.

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Job Quality Toolkit

The NIST Baldrige “Job Quality Toolkit” provides practical guidance on key drivers that turn routine jobs into high-quality / highly-sought-after careers. Coupled with the manufacturing expertise of Polaris MEP’s team, it is a powerful resource for attracting and retaining a diverse, productive & engaged workforce.

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RI MADE

Polaris MEP/the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation will leverage a $5Million Defense Manufacturing Community Grant to establish Rhode Island Manufacturing to Accelerate the Defense Ecosystem, or RI MADE. The project will fund automation & robotics, cyber resiliency and risk mitigation resources to strengthen the state’s maritime defense industrial base.

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Supply Chain Solutions

Helping smaller Rhode Island manufacturers become stronger and more resilient by rebuilding or re-inventing supply chains.

This program leverages the strength of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network and connects Ocean State manufacturers to new suppliers or partners across the United States.

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Fast Track to Manufacturing

Expanding the pipeline of skilled workers with FREE training  in partnership with CCRI and job placement support.

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JARC RI

Bringing Advanced Manufacturing training and employment services to underserved communities. A nationally-recognized Sectoral aproach/Center for Working Families model.

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We Make RI

Helping RI Manufacturers fill open positions by recruiting and training potential workers. We Make RI paid training is open to unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders. Choose your track: General Manufacturing, Materials Handling, or Industrial Sewing.

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Workforce Development

Strengthening the industry’s workforce pipeline with programs that promote manufacturing careers and deliver needed / valued technical skills training.

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NERDIC

Increasing RI manufacturing capability and competitiveness as an active partner in the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.

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#MadeInRI

Raising the visibility of products made in the Ocean State and highlighting the contributions of RI’s manufacturers to our economy.

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