VMEC News Release – VMEC Hires Two Advisors to its staff


Thursday, July 8, 2021
Contact: Robynn Albert, Marketing & Training Manager
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT  05061
(802) 793-2078 / [email protected]

VMEC News Release – VMEC Hires Two Advisors to its staff 

Randolph Center, Vermont –  The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) is pleased to announce the addition of Howard Switser, Professional Manufacturing and Business Growth Advisor, and Christopher Coulter, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Advisor, to its staff.

Howard began his new role at VMEC in May with 25 years of Vermont manufacturing experience including: Manufacturing Manager for Galvion (formerly Revision Military), Process & Production Improvement Specialist Manager, Safety/ Environmental Manager and Production Manager for Jeld-Wen and Plant Manager for NSA Industries and Carris Reels. His background in leading and training using Lean Manufacturing methods and systems will help Vermont companies see and solve problems that reduce cost and gain process efficiencies. VMEC is thrilled to work with Howard, now as a colleague, to further build manufacturing excellence in Vermont. Howard can be reached at [email protected] or (802) 535-1267.

Christopher joined VMEC in June, bringing with him an extensive new product development and manufacturing technology implementation background having worked in regulated industries including defense, medical device and FDA.  He has a thorough understanding of quality management systems, design controls and good manufacturing practices.  For fifteen years he owned and operated Adaptive Engineering, LLC, a consulting company focused on assisting Vermont-based product development and manufacturing organizations. Chris’ focus will be assisting companies with Industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing technologies to increase their growth and competitive advantage.   Chris can be reached at [email protected] or (802) 373-3537.

For complete biographies of Howard and Christopher, visit the VMEC Staff and Board page.

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.