NIST Business Survey: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery

NIST and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are conducting a survey to learn how manufacturers are adapting to the current circumstances and how this may or may not be connected to broader weather-related stressors your business may face. The team is seeking the perspective of all industries and asking MEP Centers to help get small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to share their perspective.

Study Shows MEP Program Generates a Substantial Economic and Financial Return


As part of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) and the only MEP center in Tennessee, UT CIS would like to thank all our existing customers that invest time in completing our third party project surveys.

The MEP program is a federal public-private partnership created in 1988 that provides small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) technology-based services needed to grow and thrive in today’s economy.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) Funding

Originally Posted HERE on January 28, 2021

Smart Manufacturing Survey

Your chance to voice your opinion!

Project N95 Seeks Volunteers and Domestic Manufacturers of PPE

Project N95 is a nonprofit organization created as a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization serves as a national clearinghouse for critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. It provides a trusted, transparent and simplified way to navigate the complexities of the PPE market.

TMEP Territory Reorganization

In effort to better serve Tennessee manufacturers, UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) has reorganized its regions.  Our new configuration will have eight regions that each serve roughly the same number of manufacturers.  This change provides us an opportunity to maximize our team’s expertise and experience. Please see our new region map below.

Manufacturing Leadership: Navigating Change in the Face of a Crisis

UT CIS is proud to contribute to the University of Tennessee's Pandemic to Possibilities webinar series. As a part of this free series of 60- to 90-minute live webinars, Manufacturing Leadership: Navigating Change in the Face of a Crisis will be held on Thursday, Nov.

Thinking Anew About Manufacturing

By Michael Codega, Solutions Consultant

The last couple of months have caused manufacturers to think anew about many things — supplier, customer and workforce relationships; the economy; outsourcing, insourcing, and reshoring; lean; automation; and on and on. Things have changed.

The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership recently completed a survey of manufacturing companies to determine key issues they face and how they are addressing these. Key issues include:

TMEP Receives NIST MEP Grant

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant funded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

This funding opportunity is available for MEP Centers to add capabilities to the MEP Program including the development of projects to solve new or emerging manufacturing problems that are not already provided for under a Center’s base MEP award.

High-performance Composites Bridge Offers Cost-effective, Rapid Solution for Rural Tennessee Community

Introduction by Danny Norman, UT CIS Advanced Manufacturing Consultant

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville announced a new effort to prove the use of low-cost composite bridges. It would be great to see this effort create jobs and more bridges in many rural areas in Tennessee.

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