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Wicked productivity

Hear it from Clay Allison, founder and CEO of Wicked Edge, a manufacturer of precision knife-sharpening equipment with a wide range of clients — from law enforcement, to outdoor enthusiasts and the culinary market. The MEP-Wicked Edge partnership was originally forged with a marketing report, which helped the company “point their ship in the right direction,” in Allison’s words. Following subsequent encounters, Allison was astonished by the massive increase in his company’s productivity.

Unprecedented Times

Dear Manufacturer,

As you know, the country is currently taking measures to respond to COVID-19. During these unprecedented times, we appreciate your trust in us. All of this is new, and it is not normal!  Right now, businesses must focus on cost-saving methods as they remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Some businesses have been forced to reduce staff, but the workload is still there. Many have not allowed the virus to stop innovation. And many have been able and willing to help the community by pivoting their production to respond to the PPE needs in our state. New Mexico MEP has provided support for these efforts and we are ready to help you in your fight to get through this.

It is clearer now more than ever that we are the most effective when all of us work together. I continue to be in awe of the way our staff members have adapted in the face of daily changes to policies and procedures while continuing to serve our manufacturing community. I’m thankful for their continued hard work, and I am very proud of the work being done day in and day out in support of New Mexico manufacturers.  I want to reassure you that we are not letting our guard down and we will continue taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, taking care of our MEP family — staff, manufacturers, and community.

Please reach out to me if there is anything we can help you with,

JENNIFER SINSABAUGH, Chief Executive Officer







Is your business in need of PPE?  Are you someone who can donate PPE?

Click here for information: COVID-19 Emergency Supply Collaborative


Other Important Links:

Resources from

New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 information page

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Financial Resources from the New Mexico Economic Development Department

Let’s Build the Next Generation of Modern Manufacturers

According to a recent report by the Manufacturing Institute, 35 percent of students engaged in career and technical education (CTE) have no contact with potential future employers. And only 12 percent have had the opportunity to walk through a manufacturing facility.

Mfg Day 2017 students touring Old Wood in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Manufacturing Day aims to increase those statistics. The month-long celebration of manufacturing focuses on introducing students to careers in manufacturing by encouraging them to tour facilities where manufacturing takes place. When manufacturing companies invite students to tour their facilities, students see CAD designs develop, materials transformed by skilled technicians operating modern equipment, and finished products packaged for delivery.

Manufacturing Day is meant to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. If we’re going to address manufacturers’ growing need for a new generation of skilled workers, parents, teachers and future employers must all come together to engage students and give them first-hand exposure to modern manufacturing.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re a manufacturer in search of talent, commit to hosting a Mfg Day event. If you’re a teacher or school administrator, plan to take your students on a tour.

We can help. Contact us so that together we can increase jobs, talent and manufacturing in New Mexico.


Path to increased production

Sisneros Bros. Manufacturing was doing a great job filling orders for the custom duct work that goes in large commercial buildings and Navy ships. But when the next generation of family members joined the leadership team, they asked New Mexico MEP to help them plan for the future. MEP helped the company perform Value Stream Mapping, which indicated some parts were moving up to 6 miles on the floor during the fabrication process. The video explains.