Manufacturing Excellence

Our experienced staff is committed to helping build a thriving manufacturing industry across Tennessee by providing a wide-array of management and operational services tailored to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Our expertise and federal, state, and local resources make improvement, growth, and sustainability possible for manufacturers ready to advance their competitive edge in today’s global economy.

 

 

Jennifer Hagan-Dier

MEP Program Manager
(615) 532-4590
jennifer.hagan-dier@tennessee.edu
 

Dwaine Raper

Solutions Consultant Team Leader
(423) 741-4898
dwaine.raper@tennessee.edu 
 

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Administered by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) within the U.S. Department of Commerce, MEP serves as a trusted business advisor, supporting supply-chain integration and access to new technology, while helping domestic manufacturers to transform productivity and compete globally.

 

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Workforce Development & Leadership

Of critical importance to your overall manufacturing business strategy, a robust workforce development and leadership approach reduces employee turnover, improves customer service, increases production efficiency, aids in product development and lowers recruiting costs.

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Workforce Development & Leadership
Technology Acceleration

Technology Acceleration

Not every company adopts new technologies at the same pace, but MEP strives to provide relevant and up-to-date information, instruction and advice on how to tackle the important tech-focused decisions that every company must make to compete in a tech-advanced marketplace.

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Quality Systems

By implementing a quality management system, your company demonstrates its commitment to the delivery of a high-quality product that exceeds customer expectations, paving the way for increased sales, lowered costs, higher margins and a culture of continual improvement.

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Quality Systems
Supply Chain & Supplier Development

Supply Chain & Supplier Development

Actively developing supplier and supply-chain channels is as vital to your business as the cultivation and maintenance of customer relationships—with potential benefits ranging from lowered purchasing, production and supply-chain costs to increased profits and cash flow.

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Training Within Industry

More effective team leadership begins with Training Within Industry (TWI), an integrated training approach that streamlines new-employee training and conflict resolution, helps retain current employees and leverages the expertise of senior workers, supervisors and team leaders.

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Training Within Industry
Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata

Unlike management systems that lose energy and effectiveness over time, Toyota Kata aligns routine practices to build a sustainable culture focused on daily improvements and coaching—by planning, doing, checking and acting in continuous cycles to achieve and sustain goals.

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Lean Tools & Implementation Assistance

Implementing Lean manufacturing processes can sound intimidating, but it’s best considered an investment in the health and longevity of your business, as it is expressly designed to target and eliminate waste from every aspect of your manufacturing process.

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Lean Tools & Implementation Assistance
Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Lean manufacturing eliminates waste from manufacturing processes, but Six Sigma excises process variation—using data, measurements and statistics to identify inefficiencies and eliminate defects that produce hidden costs—as productivity, quality and satisfaction improve.

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Core Tools

Used in new-product introduction and process-development phases, quality core tools are an integral part of automotive-industry quality management, though they are universally applicable across manufacturing industries and excellent tools for defect detection and risk mitigation.

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Core Tools
Special Services

Special Services

With nine consulting regions across Tennessee, our solutions team is well-versed in manufacturing excellence and prepared to offer a variety of training, consulting and customer service to Tennessee businesses and entrepreneurs, boosting growth and improving productivity. 

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Business Continuity

Disaster recovery depends on the preparation and planning invested in business continuity before the disaster, and without a business continuity plan, your chances of going out of business in the wake of a disaster are significantly increased—so why not protect your brand with a plan?

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Business Continuity

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