Polaris MEP recruiting specialists for manufacturing consulting

POLARIS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION Partnership is expanding its roster of professional consultants to assist local manufacturers and is accepting applications from May 1 through June 15.
POLARIS MANUFACTURING EXTENSION Partnership is expanding its roster of professional consultants to assist local manufacturers and is accepting applications from May 1 through June 15.

PROVIDENCE – Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership is expanding its roster of professional consultants that it will connect with local manufacturers, the nonprofit organization announced Tuesday.

Polaris MEP, which provides business-improvement programs to Rhode Island manufacturers, is accepting applications from companies and consultants from May 1 through June 15.

The organization said it had previously worked with a small number of consultants to provide marketing and planning services to companies but it has recognized companies need a wider range of professional services to spur growth.

“Through the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge and the Rhode Island Manufacturing B2B, we’ve learned that manufacturers need help accelerating growth,” said Polaris MEP Program Manager Mary Johnson in a statement. “We’ve also learned that this need is often broader than our traditional cost-reduction and compliance offerings.”

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Polaris MEP intends to create a roster of companies and consultants for things such as developing a new strategic plan, creating a new website, creating a new security plan, among other areas, according to the company.

The nonprofit’s staff will vet the applications and approved partners will be offered opportunities to work with manufacturers on projects related to their expertise, the company said.

“The benefit to the manufacturer is that they’ll save time locating, screening and interviewing professionals who can help with short-term projects,” said Johnson. “For the consultants, it’s a great opportunity to be part of the manufacturing ecosystem in Rhode Island and meet potential new clients.”

Polaris MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Program and a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation.

More information may be found at www.polarismep.org.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.