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Impact Washington Staff join members from other NIST MEP Centers for the Tab Wilkins Emerging MEP Leaders program.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | News Release


A few weeks ago, Damon Nix, CSP, Director of Business Development, and Miguel Angel Moreno Hierro our, Small and Rural Manufacturers Account Executive, traveled to Knoxville, TN for the kickoff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)'s Tab Wilkins Emerging Leaders Class 1.14!

Tab was the thought leader behind creating the successful Emerging Leaders (EL) Program, now in its 14th year. The program provides Network staff the opportunity to work on various projects to identify, understand, and unravel solutions to challenges faced by manufacturers in the ever-evolving ecosystem. Emerging Leaders has been an incubator for new MEP leaders with well over 100 graduates across the Network
Throughout the workshop, Damon and Miguel will better understand the NIST MEP history, program, strategy, and leadership; participate in discussions with other MEP centers on workforce, supply chain, Industry 4.0, and how we can better serve our manufacturers. They will also network with other MEP centers and learn how other centers run, what is working, and what they would like to improve upon. They will have an opportunity for team-building activities and better understand advanced manufacturing through a tour of a manufacturing demonstration facility.

This year-long program provides participants with a variety of training and networking opportunities. Participants bring diversity, talent, and readiness to contribute to the success of the MEP National Network™.

"Congratulations on being part of this group of leaders, Damon and Miguel!" said Deloit R. Wolfe Jr., President and Center Director of Impact Washington. "We are looking forward to hearing best practices from other centers and sharing ours with them."


About Impact Washington

Impact Washington has mobilized its Manufacturing Network to respond to Washington manufacturers' needs through the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact Washington is  Washington State's affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP). The nationwide network consists of manufacturing extension partnership centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1997, we have delivered 3,000 value-driven improvement solutions to more than 1,500 of Washington's small and medium-sized businesses helping them improve, streamline processes, and increase competitiveness.

Media Contact: Carol Blayden | cblayden@impactwashington.org | 425.231.5828 

About MEP National Network

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. Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today's technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states, and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the Network interacted with 34,307 manufacturers. According to clients surveyed in FY 2021, the MEP National Network helped manufacturers achieve $14.4 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helped create and retain 125,746 U.S. manufacturing jobs. View the National Impact Data PDF for more information about NIST MEP, the National Network, and client impacts.

About NIST

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov.



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