FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2020

For more information please contact:
Zenagui Brahim
President, NH MEP
603-226-3200
zenaguib@nhmep.org

NHMEP Offers Virtual Training and Resources to Assist Manufacturers

CONCORD, NH -The manufacturing industry is facing different challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and NHMEP is stepping up to help affected businesses in several ways.

Critical Supplies
In order to meet the high demand of critical supplies, we are connecting manufacturers with each other and with the right suppliers to produce gowns, face shields, masks, and more.

Staying Lean, Efficient and Profitable through Virtual Training Workshops
Manufacturing businesses are always focused on improving, but during such an unprecedented crisis, it is now vital that they run each department at peak performance to ensure profitability. With so many companies working remotely, manufacturers can benefit from virtual training in order to improve productivity and efficiency. NHMEP has transformed all their live workshops into low or no cost virtual training webinars for a variety of courses like ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training, 5S Basics – Workplace Organization, Value Stream Mapping, Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI), Sales to Stay Profitable. View all workshop events or to register, email Jill Duddy at jilliand@nhmep.org.

Workforce Challenges
In the present climate, manufacturers are trying their best to cope with either one of two opposing scenarios:

  • An overload of work with a lack of staff – OR –
  • Available staff but an insufficient workload which consequently leads to reduced staff hours and/or pay decreases to keep the business going

NHMEP encourages manufacturers of COVID-19 critical supplies to tell us about their workforce challenges. NHMEP is always available to consult with businesses and will provide solutions to their challenges. Additionally, NHMEP is collaborating directly with the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA), to address the needs of manufacturers affected by COVID-19.

Consulting
NHMEP project managers are consulting with small and medium sized manufacturers – offering free service via phone, email or video conferencing to help answer questions, find solutions to difficult challenges, and connect companies with the resources they need.

We are committed to being your resource partner. Please contact us with any questions or challenges you need assistance with.

 

About NH MEP

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH  03301

Phone: 603-226-3200

The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, political affiliation or belief. This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational and training programs and activities. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

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Press Releases

The 18th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit a Virtual Success

On Thursday, October 29th, the 18th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit was successfully conducted online with over 200 participants in attendance, (mostly small to medium-sized manufacturers) making it one of the largest manufacturing events to be held virtually since COVID-19 began. Mike Mastergeorge, Vice President of Brazonics Inc. kicked off the summit thanking the teams at NH MEP, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the NH Business and Industry Association. He thanked People’s United Bank and BAE Systems as the major sponsors and acknowledged the other sponsors as well. He introduced Taylor Caswell, Commissioner of NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, who made opening remarks and introduced Governor Chris Sununu. The governor acknowledged progress made in manufacturing and other sectors and encouraged manufacturing innovation in the state as the sector recovers.

Progressive Manufacturing & SÓLAS Expand with Purchase and Move to Newport, NH

Newport, NH – After years of continuous growth, Progressive Manufacturing, Inc. announces the purchase of a manufacturing facility located in Newport, New Hampshire. With significant improvements over the past few months, the renovated facility, offices, and warehouse are now home to Progressive Manufacturing and its fireplace brand, SÓLAS Contemporary Fire. Both businesses are fully operational at the new headquarters as of October 26, 2020.

With over 40,000+ square feet, the new facility has doubled Progressive Manufacturing’s space. The move provides a unique opportunity to create a modern manufacturing workplace, streamline production, and create a new showroom for the SÓLAS brand of fireplace products.

NH Housing Relief Offers Funding for Residents Struggling with Rent or Mortgage Due to COVID-19

The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery (GOFERR) has announced the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program, an initiative designed to keep people from losing their housing and to secure or maintain permanent housing.

There is a concern about the current moratorium on evictions. Many people who could access these funds are not doing so since they cannot be evicted at this time. The issue is that the safeguard from eviction and these funds are currently scheduled to end on the same day (December 30, 2020).

Students Learn about Safran’s Manufacturing Capabilities During New Hampshire Manufacturing Month

Rochester, NH – The aerospace activities of Safran Aerospace Composites in Rochester, New Hampshire, were spotlighted during the 7th annual New Hampshire Manufacturing Month. In a virtual presentation on October 2, Human Resources Manager Sean Hoeing provided an overview of the company’s activities and career opportunities. At Rochester, Safran Aerospace Composites partners with Albany International to produce jet engine components.

This annual month-long celebration of manufacturing is organized by New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NHMEP) in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Business and Industry Association, the Council, the New Hampshire Department of Education, and many other partners.

NIST Promoting Several Prize Challenges to Solve Industry Needs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) is offering six prize challenges through its Open Innovation program to innovators, manufacturers, students and companies across industry. PSCR Open Innovation focuses on outcomes and results, not on specific requirements. The problem solvers (aka Challenge participants) determine the “how” and the “solution” by using their creativity to reach the desired goal. Participants may advance their research concept, commercial their products, or enhance their business products all while improving safety and efficiency for America’s First Responders.

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