VMEC News Release – Lean Manufacturing & Leadership Skills Workshops Scheduled in NEK


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Contact: Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing & Training Manager
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
P.O. Box 12, Randolph Center, VT  05061
Cell: (802) 793-2078 / [email protected]  

VMEC News Release –  Lean Manufacturing & Leadership Skills Workshops Scheduled in NEK

Randolph, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has received a grant to provide Lean Manufacturing and Leadership Skills workshops to manufacturing companies in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties at 50% off the standard fees.   Multiple Lean Manufacturing and Leadership Skills workshops are planned to be held at locations in Newport and St. Johnsbury.

This workforce development opportunity for Northeast Kingdom manufacturers is made possible through a recently-awarded Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant, through the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) through the Vermont Quebec Enterprise Initiative.  

Workshop topics include: Lean Manufacturing 101; Structured Problem Solving; The 5S System: Workforce Organization and Standardization; The Changing Role of Leaders for Senior Leaders; and The Changing Role of Managers for Mid-Level Managers.  

According to VMEC Director & CEO Bob Zider, “This is an outstanding training opportunity for Northeast Kingdom manufacturing companies at a significantly reduced cost, thanks to the grant opportunity provided by our forward-looking partners. These practical workshops can yield a high Return-On-Investment (ROI) for each business that participates. Attendees learn powerful ideas and proven skills, methods and solutions that can immediately be applied and threaded into the continuous improvement and growth strategies of their enterprise. And the learning and workforce skills advancement that will be taking place enhances the ability of VMEC to provide assistance to companies that seek follow-on advice, coaching or hands-on implementation support.”   

And David Snedeker, Executive Director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, adds, “NVDA is excited about this opportunity as it allows more NEK manufacturers to engage with VMEC, an experienced organization that has long been assisting VT manufacturers to improve productivity through more efficient manufacturing and business processes.”  

Visit the VMEC Upcoming Training page or www.vmec.org for training descriptions, more information and to register.

About VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network™ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission, “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.” A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation expertise to non-manufacturing businesses, non-profits, healthcare, higher education, and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.