New Member Spotlight: The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Partnership (VMEC)
VMEC’s mission is to “To help improve and grow manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” Since 1995, VMEC has assisted over 900 Vermont manufacturers by facilitating partnerships between the private and public sector and by providing uniquely tailored assistance, training, and consulting to better navigate Vermont’s manufacturing landscape.
VMEC is enjoys a relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s affiliation with the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Through this network, VMEC has been enabled to develop and grow through strong public and private partnerships. VMEC provides manufacturers in Vermont with services based on its expertise in supply chain management, quality assurance, next generation manufacturing, and other areas.
VMEC is results and impact driven, please find their most recent Impact Report here. In 2014, Vermont’s manufacturing sector employed 32,000 people and in 2013 paid average annual wage that was 31% higher than the state’s average wave. VMEC is an important organization that is helping to rebrand manufacturing as an innovative and exciting sector that is a growing and thriving component of Vermont’s and the region’s economy.
The New England Council is proud to have VMEC as a member, and we look forward to working with them as the Council continues to advocate for policies that will fuel the engine of growth that is powering the region’s manufacturing renaissance. Please check out the new NEC-Deloitte report, “Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution,” or visit the page on our website to learn more about the Council’s work.