Polaris MEP expands services for manufacturers

POLARIS MEP has expanded the services it offers manufacturers, as well as the service partners it works with, to include marketing and sales, strategic planning, organizational development and cybersecurity.
POLARIS MEP has expanded the services it offers manufacturers, as well as the service partners it works with, to include marketing and sales, strategic planning, organizational development, and cybersecurity.

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP is expanding its services to include marketing and sales, strategic planning, organizational development, and cybersecurity, the nonprofit announced Thursday.

The expanded service includes a wider range of professional service providers and subject matter experts that partner with Polaris MEP and manufacturers to be resources to work on projects.

Polaris already provided services on topics that included lean manufacturing, quality assessment, facility layout and supply chain optimization, and continues to do so.

Experts and services that work with Polaris are interviewed and vetted by staff before working with manufacturers.

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“A large part of our job as a Manufacturing Extension Partnership is to understand the shifting landscape and help companies find solutions,” said Christian Cowan, Polaris MEP center director in a statement. “Polaris MEP project managers interact with manufacturers on a constant basis. Their input, coupled with our polling at the annual Rhode Island Manufacturing B2B [event], and the outcomes of the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, helped direct our focus on strategy, marketing and sales, and cybersecurity.”

The organization also said that in addition to the traditional services it provides to local manufacturers, that it will offer public workshops on topics featuring subject matter experts related to manufacturing challenges.

“Through the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge and STEAM Engine, we completed strategic assessments with the leadership of 50 companies in the DoD supply chain, learning a lot about the opportunities and challenges these companies face,” stated Mary Johnson, program manager at Polaris MEP. “We realized that Polaris MEP needed to help manufacturers address critical business challenges, as well as operational improvements.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.