Vermont Manufacturers’ Trusted Advisor
Our primary Mission is: “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.”
This is accomplished by working as a trusted advisor to leverage VMEC expertise and other public and/or private resources to achieve operational excellence and sustainable profitable growth, while maximizing enterprise value. This may include providing hands-on implementation assistance, consulting, training and coaching to help accelerate growth through innovation, increased productivity, and improved manufacturing and business processes; click on the image to the right for an overview. VMEC has grown since 1995 through strong partnerships, collaboration, and a passionate commitment to help willing enterprises improve, grow and achieve a promising future. VMEC is the official Vermont representative and part of the nationwide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Other key VMEC stakeholder partners are:
- Vermont State Colleges VMEC is located on the main campus of Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center where we’ve been hosted since 1995.
- State of Vermont Through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
- Vermont Technology Council Who “fathered” the original idea for VMEC in 1994. They have encouraged and helped to advise the Center since that time.
- VMEC Advisory Board Consisting of up to 15 elected, volunteer members who are predominantly proactive manufacturing company owners and/or senior leaders, plus other leaders who freely give of their valuable time because of their strong interest in supporting and growing manufacturing in Vermont.
Does VMEC work with non-manufacturers?
Yes, we do! In addition to working with Vermont manufacturers of all sizes, VMEC brings the Center’s vast Lean process improvement and strategy expertise to selected non-manufacturing sectors, including but not limited to healthcare, higher education, government, non-profit organizations and finance.
VMEC is Results and Impact-driven
We strive for and achieve measurable results and positive bottom line impacts. VMEC has been a trusted advisor for more than 900 Vermont manufacturing companies since 1995. Current and past annual Impact Reports are available at this link.
Who would help me?
VMEC has a statewide staff of Professional Manufacturing Advisors, Growth Coaches and Innovation Black Belts. Our Black Belts are very experienced in implementing cost effective process improvements and company/organization innovation and profitable growth strategies. Many of the problems and concerns of client companies are solved directly by VMEC advisors. In other situations, additional resources may be called in to assist. Each VMEC advisor is trained in accessing and linking with other technical resources and services, if necessary. These might be experts from Vermont or from around the country if required. VMEC’s affiliation with the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) gives access to a wealth of our nation’s public and private science and technology resources. When outside resources are utilized, VMEC generally assumes overall project management responsibilities to ensure satisfactory project completion.
What does VMEC assistance cost?
The first step is free-of-charge and usually includes a company visit and confidential, preliminary needs assessment. Additional services performed are done on a reasonable fee for service basis.