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NH Sector Partnership Initiative (SPI) for Manufacturing

Supporting 67,218 workers across approximately 1,950 businesses, manufacturing is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries – behind only retail, health care, and government – and is one of its major economic drivers. It is also poised to grow: small and large companies throughout the state indicate that they are ready to expand, contingent upon their ability to fill key positions. Companies considering a move to New Hampshire will also require a qualified workforce large enough to fill the jobs they bring.

NHMEP Bridges the Gap between Manufacturers and Educational Institutions

Throughout the year, NHMEP organizes student tours at manufacturing companies and likewise brings manufacturers to middle, high school and college level career fairs. The benefits are two-fold: they create awareness to students about the variety of opportunities that exist in the manufacturing industry and build a new generation of skilled workers for manufacturing companies who are growing rapidly. Our efforts peak during Manufacturing Month, a national event held every October.

SPI will help you fund your manufacturing training programs

If you have identified needs that your current training process is unable to meet, or you need your existing team to learn a new skill, NH SPI is a valuable resource for you. Leveraging connections with many existing workforce training programs, the NH SPI team will map your needs with state and federal funding and training resources to create a flexible, consistent plan.

Connecting the dots for the manufacturing industry

When the team of manufacturing and workforce development professionals at SPI looks for funding opportunities to offset the cost of your industry-led training program, they look to several state and federal funding sources. They understand the nuances of the funding and resources detailed below and make it easy to find the combination that works for your company. 

 

State and local manufacturing funding and incentives

  • Office of Workforce Opportunity: NH Job Training Fund
    • Company benefits: tuition reimbursement (further information from individual companies)
  • NH Department of Education: English Language Learner Training for Employers 
  • NH Charitable Foundation: The Medallion Fund 
  • NH Employment Security: Return to Work Program
  • Community College System of NH: WorkReadyNH Program
  • NHWorks: On The Job Training Program
  • Community College System of NH: ApprenticeshipNH 
  • NH Community Development Finance Authority: Block Grant Program
  • MY TURN Inc.

 

Federal SPI manufacturing sector funding and incentives

  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Funds 
  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Funds 
  • U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grants 
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant
  • US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program

Manufacturers

Interested in participating in a career fair or presenting your company’s capabilities and internships/job opportunities to students?

Education

Are you an educational institution that would like to have manufacturers give a presentation to students at your facility? Or schedule a student tour with a manufacturer? 

Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Day is recognized by Presidential proclamation annually in October and kicks off Manufacturing Month. All 50 states of the nation celebrate Manufacturing Day. Find out how your school or manufacuring business can get involved.

Contact NHMEP today to find out how SPI resources can benefit your manufacturing company or educational institution.

SPI Manufacturing Sector Advisor

Zenagui Brahim | 603.226.3200 | Zenaguib@nhmep.org

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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