Pappas Helps Pass Amendment to Bolster U.S Manufacturers Hurt by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Support American Jobs

Pappas Helps Pass Amendment to Bolster U.S Manufacturers Hurt by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Support American Jobs

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.

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NHMEP Training Programs and Services Now Available through CARES Act Funding

NHMEP Training Programs and Services Now Available through CARES Act Funding

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP) has received CARES Act funding to help manufacturers with its services free of charge to those impacted by COVID-19. Using $50 million in grants authorized by the CARES Act, NIST has issued awards to Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico for COVID-19-related projects. “Small- and medium-sized manufacturers are among the leaders of the swift and strong comeback from this unprecedented health challenge, and the Department of Commerce is doing our part to support their efforts,” said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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Having a Robust Quality Management System is More Than Just a Certificate on the Wall

Having a Robust Quality Management System is More Than Just a Certificate on the Wall

“I started at XMA in 2013,” said Marc Smith, President and CEO of XMA Corporation. “Because my background was in aerospace, I understood the value of a Quality Management System. We needed a robust QMS because it would strengthen our company culture. The employees would create it, follow it, be accountable for it and own it. This leads to a solid company culture where together every employee benefits.”

XMA’s customers were also pushing back on them to have a QMS. “At the time not much of our work was in aerospace,” said Smith. “But by having a QMS it would allow us to enter new markets and lead to sustainability and continued growth of the company.”

Marc eventually heard about NH MEP’s AS9100D On-Site Registration Upgrade training and enrolled XMA.

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New Sales Training and Website Service Offerings Start 6/1/2020

New Sales Training and Website Service Offerings Start 6/1/2020

When products are in high demand, many small to medium sized manufacturers find it challenging to focus on sales strategies or how to best implement them. Web development and SEO can also fall to the lower end of the priority list. If these important aspects of business are not integrated into an effective process, a company can quickly fall behind in the market and be left struggling to remain competitive. Recognizing these obstacles, NHMEP will begin offering three new services to manufacturing companies starting Monday, June 1st.

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Alene Candles Donates 60,000 Face Shields

Alene Candles Donates 60,000 Face Shields

Milford, NH – Alene Candles is normally focused on making high quality candles for customers around the world, but when COVID-19 struck the US, their focus shifted to targeting the most immediate needs for PPE in the community. They had the people, space and capabilities ready to work, so they decided to produce face shields. For their first production run of 10,000, they bought the materials they could find like elastic and foam, then received a generous donation of plastic materials from a producer in Biddeford, ME in exchange for a donation of 3,000 face shields to go back to Maine’s community of first responders and hospitals. They agreed, and decided to donate all of the face shields they assembled.

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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.

Press Releases

Greater Rochester Manufacturers Discuss Workforce Challenges and Seek Solutions from the State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 26, 2022 For more information please contact: Zenagui Brahim President zenaguib@nhmep.org By Cara Tracy, NH MEP | May17, 2022 | Updated May 26, 2022 Rochester, NH – On two occasions this month, May 16 and May 25, Rochester’s Mayor,...

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