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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:
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.
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.
We know that Tennessee manufacturers provide good jobs and helpful products. They contribute to the strength of our communities and are a tremendous source of innovation.
In 2018, approximately 11.45% of the Tennessee's workforce was employed by the manufacturing industry. With such a strong manufacturing community in our state, UT CIS wants to celebrate that community and the individuals who help make it what it is.
In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the UT CIS Health, Safety, and Emergency Preparedness team is available to provide no cost, virtual consultations with manufacturers to discuss strategies and plans for creating and implementing your customized COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.
The UT CIS Health, Safety, and Emergency Preparedness Consulting team is staffed with safety and health professionals with training in emergency preparedness and backgrounds in plant safety and health.
*8/11/20 Update* At this time, we have fully committed all of the available CIS CARES funds to provide no fee technical assistance to Tennessee Manufacturers. Please contact your local UT CIS Solutions Consultant to discuss your technical assistance need under the standard cost-share agreement.
What: Meeting the Need for Critical Medical Supplies Webinar
When: April 7 at 2:30 PM EST
Where: Online (Zoom)
Who Should Attend: Small- to Mid-Sized Manufacturers
Everyone has the power to help in some way during the COVID-19 outbreak, and manufacturers across the country are doing just that. UT CIS is asking if you would consider joining these companies in producing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) items that are now in short supply. Please consider reviewing your production capabilities for producing items that the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence has identified as critical in the fight against COVID-19:
SUPPLIES: Hand Sanitizer
by Bill Hicks, Solutions Consultant
As I travel the sixteen counties of my East Tennessee Region, I constantly hear about the struggle to find good employees. With record low unemployment and a strong economy, many companies I visit would like to grow but are constrained by the available workforce. As I leave these meetings I continually found myself thinking “What is a good employee?” and “How can we make good employees?”