Delegates from IMEC to meet with Congressional Leaders on Capitol Hill
Washington D.C. – IMEC will convene with members of the American Small Manufactures Coalition (ASMC) during its annual “Hill Day” on March 7-8, 2018. This event provides ASMC members and their manufacturing clients to meet with his/her respective Congressional delegation to educate them about the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program during the annual appropriations process.
The MEP works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers, through designated MEP Centers, including IMEC, to help create and retain jobs, increase profits, and promote innovation and growth for the future. As a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MEP offers its clients resources centered on five critical areas: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce and continuous improvement. The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research conducted a study of MEP this past year and found that the program generates an 8.7:1 return on investment. In 2017, MEP clients reported $12.66 billion new and retained sales and the creation or retention of 110,721 jobs. Considering that the average U.S. manufacturing worker earns more than $82,023 in wages and benefits per year, MEP clients are economic drivers in their communities. MEP clients are also increasing their capacity for the production of goods. MEP clients reported $3.5 billion in new investments directly attributed to their work with MEP.
The intent of Hill Day is to raise awareness on the importance of small and medium sized manufacturers’ effect on rebuilding the economy. By showcasing the achievements of this sector to elected officials, ASMC members are able to demonstrate a return on investment of the federal funding generated through the MEP program.
Representing manufacturers for the state of Illinois, alongside IMEC President David Boulay, will be Sandra Pierce, President of Phoenix Woodworking Corporation and Alex Gianaras, President of Transformer Manufacturers, Inc. Phoenix Woodworking is a custom architectural millwork company based in Woodstock. Transformer Manufacturers, Inc. is a custom-designed transformer manufacturer based in Norridge.
“Small and mid-sized manufacturers represent 99% of our nation’s manufacturers. MEP is the only federal program solely dedicated to their competitiveness,” said David Boulay, ASMC Board Chair and President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center. “Hill Day is an opportunity to meet with our congressional representatives, share real examples of the value of MEP, and the outsized ROI our program generates by creating jobs and strengthening our nation’s supply chains.”
For more information about the ASMC’s Hill Day, please visit: http://www.smallmanufacturers.org/events
IMEC is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with the tools and techniques to create sustainable competitive futures. The experienced hands-on team at IMEC works closely with clients to plan critical business improvements in the areas of Leadership, Strategy, Customer Engagement, Operations, and Workforce. As a NIST MEP approved Center, IMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Illinois. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. www.imec.org
The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) is a trade association of manufacturing extension centers that work to improve the innovation and productivity of America’s manufacturing community. ASMC advocates for legislative and programmatic resources that allow our small manufacturing clients to better compete in the global marketplace. The Coalition and its members do this by increasing awareness of the importance of American small manufacturers, the challenges which they face, and the federal legislation and programs that affect them. www.smallmanufacturers.org