NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership has a successful history of helping the manufacturing community grow. I am humbled to be included in the abundant wealth of experience that exists in the NIST MEP Advisory Board members…
Providence, RI (PRWEB)
August 10, 2017
Leslie Taito, Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for Hope Global in Cumberland, RI, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board (http://www.nist.gov/mep). The NIST MEP Advisory Board is a national board that is legislatively mandated and established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP centers interacted with 25,445 manufacturers leading to $9.3 billion in new and retained sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and the creation and retention of more than 86,602 jobs.
Taito will join a team of manufacturing professionals chosen to provide advice and guidance to the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The MEP Advisory Board is expected to assist in identifying proactive actions that will enable small manufacturers to successfully address and implement changes in technology and the business environment in the future.
Polaris MEP is the Manufacturing Extension Partnership for Rhode Island. Polaris MEP is part of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation (URIRF) which is a non-profit entity which oversees market analysis, commercialization of protected intellectual property, and the development of business relationships with corporate and government partners. These commercialization activities advance Rhode Island’s economy while improving society and human lives. Polaris MEP was established in 1996 and has helped hundreds of RI manufacturing companies grow. Polaris MEP has impacted nearly $27.6M of sales and 138 jobs in 2016 alone.
Taito was the former Chief Executive Officer for the predecessor of Polaris MEP – the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services (RIMES) – and continues to be a passionate supporter of the MEP program. “NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership has a successful…