The West Virginia University Industrial Extension Service, and the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) are focused on helping West Virginia businesses improve competitiveness in the local and global markets. We accomplish this mission through delivering foundational support and innovative growth services.
Foundational support services range from manufacturing process improvement and quality systems to health and safety, energy assessments, and more. The focus of these services is to maximize your productivity and optimize the knowledge of your workforce.
Innovative growth services include innovation, product design, supply chain development, export assistance and training, and access to multiple national product and marketing opportunities. The focus of these services is to develop new products, utilize new technology, and access new national and global markets.
Industrial Extension, which is housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, also serves as the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership. WVMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network™ in West Virginia. 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.
Combining the expertise of the WVMEP with the resources of West Virginia University allows Industrial Extension to address a broad range of issues confronting West Virginia industries.
West Virginia University’s Industrial Extension and the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership is now producing and distributing a bi-monthly newsletter for our clients and partners across the state. The newsletter includes information on upcoming events, special services, and resources available from WVU, WVMEP, and information about our many partners around the state.
“…it has been great working with WVMEP. We have seen the impact of this training throughout our production floor. We are changing the culture into an automotive one and without having a resource to assist would have been almost impossible due to our growth.”
“We had ambitious goals to become ISO Registered very quickly. We started the process in April and became ISO registered in November. MEP helped us accomplish this task with minimal interruption in our everyday work schedule.”
“Thankfully, I learned of WVMEP and the services they provide. The observations and recommendations they made have proven to be accurate and highly beneficial.”
“The WVMEP has been a huge help to us. Over the years, we have developed a strong relationship with the WVMEP. We have found the team to be very fair, unbiased, helpful, and a pleasure to work with.”
“The WVMEP program has allowed our business to deal with the state and federal laws, of complying with business regulations, much more smoothly. I can say with confidence the WVMEP, and the programs offered, have helped our business.”
“I am very thankful for finding and being able to utilize WVMEP. I am totally satisfied with all that Dave was able to accomplish in the training of our personnel.”
“WVMEP was an essential asset in establishing and implementing the [quality] system, and continues to provide invaluable assistance in improving our management processes. We are now in a position to support a continuing effort to improve the industry’s management of chemicals.”
“John Frazer is an absolute asset to our company! He works tirelessly to provide us with the most up to date policies and has helped us to provide a simple solution for a complex problem. I would highly recommend his services to anyone! ”
“WVMEP helped our team focus on improvement opportunities. Everyone associated with WVMEP acted very professionally and was able to communicate with both management and employees. We plan on using WVMEP on projects in the future.”
“MEP came highly recommended to us. ISO certification can be a very arduous process, however, with MEP providing the expertise, organization, and guidance, the process was relatively painless.”
“WVMEP has helped me move my business to the next level. Their expertise in safety and health along with workforce practices has paid off. I will call on the WVMEP in the future and I highly recommend them to other WV manufacturers.”
“The WVMEP consultants we have worked with bring state-of-the-art manufacturing expertise to bear on some of our greatest areas of improvement. The help we receive from the WVMEP professionals leads to tangible changes that have a marked impact on our ability to compete..”
“Due to invaluable support from WVMEP, my business has the blueprints to expand its market share…[we have] layouts of equipment, product movement, and services that this business could never have secured without the assistance of this program.”
“WVMEP was an essential asset in establishing and implementing a quality management system in order to comply with the API Q1/ISO TS 29001 standard. Working with WVMEP helped ensure certification on the first attempt. Our company is now better posed to continue improving and maintaining a customer focus.”
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