COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page for Manufacturers

This Manufacturers Resource Page focuses on valuable local, state and national resources, including manufacturing-related topics and ideas that can assist you with COVID-19 related concerns for your company and your employees.  As your trusted business advisor, VMEC is here for support, whether it be a phone call or virtual meeting with your CEO, team, department or entire company.  Contact us at (802) 728-1432 (this number’s Voice Mail is being checked multiple times each day), [email protected] or connect immediately with your Business Advisor at this link

 

MANUFACTURING EXCHANGE-VERMONT (MXVT.ORG)

 

Manufacturing Exchange – Vermont (MXVT.org) is now live with a primary mission of “connecting people and supply chains to deliver solutions.” It also allows manufacturers and suppliers to post their needs and find business opportunities. MXVT uses familiar social media tools in a virtual collaboration space that empowers innovative thinking, helps solve problems, and can create new supply chains. Powered by VMEC, MXVT.org has launched during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis with an initial focus on enabling and accelerating connections between urgent health-related equipment needs & personal protective equipment (PPE), potential Vermont manufacturers first, and product and solution providers. MXVT site content will continuously become richer as we connect and all move forward together.  VMEC is working in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC), Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV), Vermont’s Regional Development Corporations (RDCs), and additional partners.

 

Senior Leader COVID-19 Survival Guide – 5 Step Survival Tool

In less than 1 hour, you can begin to create an initial, actionable plan for your business and family.  This simple paper & pencil tool will help you begin to protect your business in a time of crisis.  Click here to get started today and connect with your Business Advisor at this link.

VMEC COVID-19 Crisis Response Services 

VMEC Manufacturing Advisors are available for free remote crisis response consultations.  Some specific and immediate services VMEC can provide include:

  1. Support and Problem Solving: Remote consultations and facilitation to help company leaders rapidly apply problem solving methods and innovative thinking to operational, workforce, supply chain, cash flow, business continuity and other issues as well as support in planning future Recovery and Resiliency responses.

 

  1. Supply Chain: Assistance to find solutions to current and anticipated disruptions in supplies of raw materials, parts, and other necessities. VMEC can quickly tap into the MEP National Network with 1200+ network advisors across all 50 states and Puerto Rico plus other federal and Vermont resources. 

 

  1. Re-deployment of Resources and/or Re-Tooling: Assistance to help manufacturers respond to critical needs for healthcare supplies and equipment identified by Vermont and the federal government.  Assistance could take many forms including: identifying opportunities, assessing feasibility and gaps, line layout, distribution channels, connections with other manufacturers and technical resources, and methods for rapidly retraining employees such as Training Within Industry Job Instruction (TWI JI). Check out the CDC’s PPE link here.
    Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies guide (OSCMS) Developed by the maker community, this open source compendium of manufacturing blueprints and specifications contains many of the critical items on state and hospital critical needs lists. Also, check out OSCMS’ public Facebook Group page. 

 

  1. Manufacturer Connections: Manufacturing Exchange – Vermont (MXVT.org) primary mission is “connecting people and supply chains to deliver solutions.” It allows manufacturers and suppliers to post their needs and find business opportunities. MXVT uses a virtual collaboration space that empowers innovative thinking, helps solve problems and can create new supply chains.  VMEC is working in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC), Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV), Vermont Regional Development Corporations (RDCs), and additional partners. 

 

COVID-19 E-blast messages 

Manufacturing Exchange-Vermont is Live! (April 7, 2020)
Impact of COVID-19 on Food Manufacturers (April 6, 2020)
US Treasury Information on Paycheck Protection Program (April, 1, 2020)
CARES Act and Manufacturing Exchange Coming Soon! (March 31, 2020)
VT Manufacturers Survival Guide and Can you make Healthcare PPE? (March 27, 2020)
VT Manufacturers Help Needed for COVID-19 Response (March 24, 2020)
COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page for Manufacturers (March 20, 2020)
A Message from VMEC regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 18, 2020)

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