NIST MEP E-Blast: Friday, October 9, 2015

The very latest news and opportunities from the NIST MEP - Making an impact on U.S. Manufacturing
MEP E-Blast

October 9, 2015 - View this as a web page - View eblast from October 2, 2015

In This Issue:


Manufacturing Day

Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts in making #MFGDay15 the best one yet!  It’s simply remarkable to read about what took place (and still is for Manufacturing Month in some places).  

NIST MEP would like to leverage and spotlight your center successes over the next couple of months, with a particular focus on posts throughout October.  We’ve been cross-promoting articles we’ve found on social media, but would also like to highlight each center individually. We’re asking for you to send anything you want us to put out on our social channels by emailing a link and/or blurb as well as photos/videos from your event(s), to  


If you’re interested in sharing your success story on our Manufacturing Innovation blog, please send a one sentence bio for the author, approved images, and ~500 word post.  We’ll work with NIST Public Affairs to approve the content and send back any edits to you prior to finalizing and posting.
In the coming months, we’ll ask for your feedback on what worked/what didn’t/suggestions for improvement for 2016 and for a summary of your center’s MFG Day efforts to include in a State by State Report for key stakeholders and to share best practices across the system.  


Check out the Top 10 States for Manufacturing Day Events

  1. Ohio (178 events)
  2. Michigan (176 events)
  3. Florida (169 events
  4. California (156 events)
  5. Iowa (132 events)
  6. Indiana (128 events)
  7. Pennsylvania (120 events)
  8. Illinois (115 events)
  9. New York (110 events)
  10. Minnesota (92 events)
  11. Tied: Oklahoma and North Carolina (75 events)

There are multiple stories about Manufacturing Day 2015 and here are just a few:


Thank you!

MEP In the News

CMTC hosts Open House on September 17.

CMTC held their Fall Made in CA Open House at Apffels Fine Coffee in Santa Fe Springs, CA on September 17th. The event included networking, a plant tour, and exhibitors from local manufacturers in the area, as well as some Made in CA program participants. Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s office presented the CEO of Apffels a Certificate of Recognition. Apffels Coffee has been in business for 101 years and started delivering their coffee products to customer homes. The highlight of the event was their new nitrogen coffee – double the caffeine and foams like beer! Check out the recap >> of the event or watch the video >>

CONNSTEP partners with IBM in support of the Connecticut Suppliers Connection.

A new partnership has been formed to create the Connecticut Supplier Connection, an initiative designed to connect dozens of large corporations with suppliers that have under $50 million in revenues and fewer than 500 employees.


Manufacturers' confidence runs highs.

The Hutchinson Leader of Hutchinson, MN interviewed Enterprise Minnesota president and CEO Bob Kill about the State of Manufacturing in Minnesota. Read More >>

NJMEP Earns Funding from US Commerce Department’s NIST to Assist NJ Manufacturers.

For at least the next five years, the non-profit will remain the official New Jersey affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Read More >>

MEP Events

October 14, 2015: Center for Economic Growth's Advanced Manufacturing Conference (Event Link)

The conference will explore emerging ways to leverage advances in manufacturing technologies and systems, and business best practices.

October 20-21: mfgCON 2015 (Event Link)

Register now for the North Carolina premier conference for manufacturing; it is a two-day, educational event for anyone who is serious about manufacturing in NC.

Contact: Teresa Bradford

October 20-23, 2015: Advanced Manufacturing and Hawaii Biennial SBIR/STTR Conference

Event Details

Contact: Erin Furuichi

Nov.- Dec. 2015: Supply Chain Optimization Train the Trainer

Nov 17-19: Portland, Oregon

Dec 8-10: Providence, Rhode Island

Contact: Amy Fitzgerald for more information.

November 12-13th: Alliance for water stewardship training at ASU (Event Link)

NEW!!! November 17-18th: Technology Acceleration Working (TAWG) Group Meeting

This meeting will be held in conjunction with the NIST MEP Regional Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. At this meeting, the three TAWG committees — including System Learning, Metrics, and Scale-Up — will discuss the outcomes of the Dallas TAWG meeting and make progress toward moving forward to execute the recommendations from the TA Implementation Plan. There will be a nominal registration fee for this meeting. More details to come shortly. To RSVP, or for additional information, please contact Ben Vickery or Clara Asmail.

What's Happening around Manufacturing

Federal Funding Opportunity from EDA
EDA is pleased to announce the publication of a Federal Funding Opportunity under its Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program to provides cost-shared technical assistance to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have been negatively impacted by increasing imports. EDA operates the TAAF program through a national network of Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers.

These companies could be MEP Center’s existing manufacturing clients and could also help your Center garner new clients thus expanding your reach and penetration.

An informational teleconference will be held for prospective applicants on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please register for the teleconference no later than COB Thursday, October 15, 2015 by sending an email to with a subject line of “TAAF FFO Teleconference Registration.” To Learn more click here.

Food Safety Modernization Act Training Webinar
Last week, the FDA approved the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation. As of September 2016 small manufactures and businesses will have to comply with this new regulation.
The FDA will host a meeting to discuss FDA’s comprehensive planning effort for the next phase of FSMA implementation, which involves putting in place the new public health prevention measures and the risk-based industry accountability framework that is at the core of the act.

This is an opportunity for MEP centers to engage in education and training projects for SME’s in order to comply to the new prescriptive requirements.  


Webinar Details: Registration link | Contact Courtney Treece

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