Monday, October 24, 2016

The Center Debuts New Facility & Celebrates 25 Years


Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) has assisted Michigan’s small and medium-sized businesses to compete and grow. On Friday, Oct. 21, The Center hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a quarter century of working with Michigan manufacturers, the opening of their new facility and the unveiling of their new brand.

The new state-of-the-art headquarters, located at 45501 Helm St. in Plymouth, features meeting
spaces, classrooms, a Real Factory simulation and more, all designed to help Michigan manufacturers learn, collaborate and build organizational success.

“The new facility is Michael Coast (left) receives a tribute from State Senator Patrick Colbeck, State Representative Kurt Heise (right).in line with The Center’s spirit and innovative nature,” said Michael Coast, President. “We are so pleased to share it with our clients and partners, setting the stage for the next 25 years.”

On hand for the celebration were U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Congressman Dave Trott, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, State Representative Kurt Heise and other public officials along with clients, partners and those passionate about manufacturing in Michigan.

“The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is a critical part of our state’s efforts to continue strengthening Michigan’s high-tech advanced manufacturing industry,” said Senator Gary Peters. “I’m honored to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Center and to help launch their next chapter. This new facility will offer more space and more opportunities to drive innovation and collaboration among Michigan’s small manufacturers, create good-paying jobs and boost our economic competitiveness around the world for the next 25 years and beyond.”

Along with the move, The Center has developed a dynamic new brand that better represents their organizational reality. “Our new look and feel exemplifies where we’re headed. We are dedicated to bringing expertise to manufacturers to help them compete and prosper,” Coast said. “Our people are our driving force, and their passion to transform companies is unparalleled. Our new brand represents that spirit.”

About the National Institute of Standards and Technology and MEP
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program.  The MEP Program contains centers in every state of the United States to serve the manufacturing community.  Quarterly surveys ensure full accountability and a performance scorecard of certified value for our customers.

The MEP Program is an outgrowth of the U.S. Government’s policy to develop and deploy technology, management and technical expertise for improving the competitiveness of manufacturing for small and medium-sized companies.  These companies are critical to Michigan, representing 90% of job growth for high paying jobs having a 3-5 job multiplier effect in the economy.  This means for every new manufacturing job created or retained, there are 3-5 supporting jobs.


For more information about the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, visit the-center.org or call 888.414.6682. 

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