Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

“Customers only like two things, quality and on-time delivery,” said Tom Barber, Chief Operating Officer for Costa Precision. “But we were struggling in manufacturing engineering with quoting and manufacturing processes prior to going to the shop floor. This caused irregular workflow, and customer quote deadlines to be missed.”

The manufacturing floor had its share of issues too. “We were failing to provide needed quantities of parts per shift, per day. This led to poorer quality parts being produced because we would get behind schedule and had to rush parts out the door,” said Barber. “This also led to late deliveries.”

They knew they needed to do something to overcome these challenges and not lose customers.

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Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

It all started in 2010 when one of their large customers began putting pressure on them to get ISO certified. “This caught us off guard,” said Mark St. Gelais. “We heard horror stories about ISO certification. We really didn’t know how to go about it.”
Then in 2011 they heard about and attended an information session put on by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP). “The info session went over what ISO certification was all about and let us know about the NH State job training grant program to help offset the cost.” said Mark. They took advantage of the grant, and along with his wife Johanna attended NH MEP’s ISO 9001:2008 Collaborative Program in 2012.

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Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

Maineline Graphics Trains All Their Employees in Lean Manufacturing to Increase Efficiencies

With a new facility, new processes, and new equipment, Kerri knew they would need help with efficiencies and where to place the new equipment. “We tried to be proactive with all the changes going on,” said Mobile. “So in mid-2016 we brought in NH MEP to implement Lean training. We wanted everyone in the company to be of the same mind-set, learn how to reduce waste, and understand the benefits of continuous improvement.”

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Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

Staying Current with ISO Certification Allows Textiles Coated International to Retain Customers and Get New Ones

“If we wanted to retain certain customers and get new ones, we needed to be ISO certified,” said Peter Spohn, Director of Business Development for Textiles Coated International. Recently they attended the NH MEP ISO 9001:2008 Collaborative Training Program and became ISO certified. “But to keep our business current we realized we needed to upgrade to ISO 9001:2015,” said Spohn. “Again we turned to NH MEP for help with handling our ISO upgrade training.” This time, the training would be done on-site.

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Business Growth Collaborative Program Puts Concord Awning & Canvas on Path to Success

Business Growth Collaborative Program Puts Concord Awning & Canvas on Path to Success

“When we purchased Concord Awning, we recognized it needed some upgrades. There were no standard operating procedures, no pricing tools, an antiquated computer system, a paper-based system to track sales, and the company’s static website was not focused on bringing in new customers.” said Peter Sandberg.

“About 5 years into running the company our largest customer took their business in-house and hired 3 of our employees,” said Denise Sandberg. “We realized from the start that having one disproportionately large customer was not a good long-term plan for our business. When that customer made their decision to leave, we knew we had to accelerate our existing plan of expanding more into commercial and industrial markets to balance out the seasonality of the awning portion of our business.”

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American Manufacturing vs. the Coronavirus

American Manufacturing vs. the Coronavirus

America’s new goalpost: Build tens of thousands of ventilators and assemble and reuse billions of face masks in the next few weeks to ward off some of the worst-case scenarios from the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: We need to give medical professionals, first responders and essential personnel (like grocery store staff) every possible tool to treat the ill and avoid getting sick.

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Building the Pipeline: A Discussion on the Manufacturing Workforce in the Monadnock Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 15, 2022 For more information please contact: Zenagui Brahim President zenaguib@nhmep.org Keene, NH – On Tuesday, March 15, NH MEP President, Zenagui Brahim helped facilitate discussion among Keene area manufacturers. The event...

Key Takeaways from the 19th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit

The 19th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit was held virtually on Friday, October 22 with 156 attendees. Mike Mastergeorge, VP of Brazonics, opened the event and introduced Governor Chris Sununu’s video address highlighting the importance of the manufacturing sector to New Hampshire’s economy.

Manufacturing Month Kicks off at Jewell Instruments

October 1, 2021 – NH MEP kicked off Manufacturing Month at Jewell Instruments – 850 Perimeter Rd in Manchester NH. Tim Dining, VP and General Manager of Jewell Instruments welcomed the visitors and talked about the importance manufacturing plays in the economy and the importance to raise awareness of careers in manufacturing.

MEP National Network by the Numbers: Industry Highlights

The MEP National Network has assisted over 26,800 unique manufacturing clients in every U.S. state and Puerto Rico and has completed over 71,600 projects with a total impact value of over $96 billion while creating or retaining nearly 530,000 jobs in the last five fiscal years.1

MEP Partners with Women in Manufacturing

The MEP National Network™ and Women in Manufacturing are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to actively recruit and retain more women in lucrative, rewarding manufacturing careers. With over two million new U.S. manufacturing workers needed, the whole manufacturing industry stands to gain from this collaboration.