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Reps. Pappas and Gottheimer pass amendment encouraging the Department of Commerce to support manufacturing companies whose supply chains have been disrupted by COVID-19 through the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) passed an amendment to a key FY 2021 funding package that will designate $1 million in funding for the Department of Commerce to provide support through the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) program to companies whose supply chains have been disrupted by the pandemic.

“Support for manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire is critical as we fight to rebuild our economy in the midst of the deepest economic downturn in decades,” said Congressman Pappas. “Manufacturers across our state have been forced to contend with severe disruptions to their supply chains as a result of the pandemic, and this amendment will encourage investments in Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help Granite State companies overcome these challenges and ultimately bring back manufacturing jobs unfairly lost to overseas competitors.”

“A key component of overcoming COVID-19 and rebuilding our economy must be supporting made in America and made in New Hampshire manufacturing,” said Zenagui Brahim, President of New Hampshire MEP. “An increase in funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, including MEP NH, will help us provide additional resources to help more Granite State companies become world-class manufacturers, create good, high-paying jobs as our economy recovers, and make up for supply chain limitations caused by the pandemic.”
The amendment authored by Reps. Gottheimer and Pappas was accepted as part of a larger appropriations package which includes spending bills for Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP Centers interacted with 28,213 manufacturers, leading to $15.7 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $4.5 billion in new client investments, and helped create or retain 114,650 jobs.

Pappas has fought to grow made-in-America manufacturing at home. He supported  the bipartisan USMCA trade deal, and met with business leaders shortly after the deal went into effect to hear how it would impact their businesses.

In February, he joined the NH delegation to announce over $51 million in federal funds awarded to Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) in Manchester to develop a portable technology that would chemically engineer and produce medications and vaccines. In June, they announced that ARMI would also receive $399,138 in federal funding through the bipartisan CARES Act for the creation and development of a roadmap to bolster America’s domestic supply chain for vaccines and personal protective equipment.

Courtesy of Susan Curran | Press Secretary for Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01)

 

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Students Will Virtually Tour Manufacturers in October During NH Manufacturing Month

An entire month of celebrating manufacturing in New Hampshire!

For the last 7 years New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership with help from the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Community College System of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Education and many other partners organized NH Manufacturing Month. NHMEP hopes to encourage students into building their career with local manufacturers, keeping them in state after graduation.

What is it all about?
In previous years, throughout the month of October, high school and middle school students went on field trips to visit local manufacturers. During those trips, manufacturers had the opportunity to show students how cool manufacturing is and inform them of all the in demand careers their field has to offer. This year, our plan is to engage students in virtual visits to manufacturers.

StopTheSpread’s ImpactAssets COVID-19 Response Fund

StopTheSpread is an organization whose mission is to catalyze the private sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since early March, StopTheSpread and NIST MEP have worked together, matching StopTheSpread partners with MEP Centers and clients in order to facilitate increased production of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and treatment equipment, and ventilators. Recently, StopTheSpread joined forces with ImpactAssets an organization raising capital for their COVID Response Fund.

StopTheSpread has opened their intake form to manufacturers facing financial roadblocks in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Any manufacturer that wants to produce PPE (e.g., masks, gloves, gowns, etc.) or testing and treatment equipment may apply for an impact investment using the intake form.

Progressive Manufacturing Expands Team with New Marketing and Communications Specialist

West Lebanon, NH – September 2020: Progressive Manufacturing, Inc. is excited to announce that Lori Decato-Metz has joined the team as Marketing Communications Manager. In her role, Lori will develop creative content to expand Progressive Manufacturing’s presence in the New England market and also promote their brand SÓLAS Contemporary Fire, which produces modern and efficient fireplace products.

Prior to joining Progressive Manufacturing, Lori worked as a creative marketing professional for many regional and global brands, including Timberland, Eastern Mountain Sports, ECCO and Bauer Hockey.

Mascoma Community Development Wins $65 Million Tax Credit to Facilitate New England Expansion

Mascoma Community Development, an entity of New England based Mascoma Bank, has received a $65 Million tax credit allocation to facilitate industrial and manufacturing expansion, along with retail and main street redevelopments in rural and minor-urban communities of New England. The award is from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) authority from the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. Project developments will be focused on New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

“We will use this award to provide much needed flexible financing for manufacturers needing to update deteriorating facilities and aging equipment,” said Dick Jennings, Managing Director, Mascoma Community Development.

Rewarding Opportunities at USAF Advanced Manufacturing Olympics Virtual Event

Virtual Event: October 20-23, 2020

This October, the US Air Force will launch an inaugural virtual event, the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO), which is “aimed at translating innovative ideas into enduring solutions” in manufacturing technology across the United States. Distinguished leaders in academia, government and industry will be speaking to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing.

Topics at the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics will include Industry 4.0, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, automation and more. There will be open discussion on technical challenges and potential solutions for the Air Force’s sustainment issues.

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