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Lean Laser Focus: OptiSource

Located in Albuquerque, in New Mexico’s rustic North Valley, OptiSource, LLC is well into its second decade of providing a wide range of optical components for some of the most exacting requirements in the photonics industry. Since opening in 1997 and concentrating on providing crystal quartz waveplates and polarization rotators for the industry, OptiSource has…

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Making Manufacturers: Events Aim to Inspire Next-Generation Workers

By Sandy Nelson for Finance New Mexico Young people can be hard to impress, but students from Albuquerque’s Academy of Trades and Technology (ATTHS) charter school were visibly stoked by a tour of Rader Awning during 2016 Manufacturing Day events. Before-and-after shots of the 15 ATTHS students who visited the factory where Rader manufactures awnings,…

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Environmental Value Stream Mapping

Environmental Value Stream Mapping (EVSM) analyzes your process inputs and outputs to determine locations of waste in your process and to propose solutions to eliminate or reduce the waste. Not only does this make your company greener, it also increases profits by reducing costs. New Mexico MEP (NM MEP) requires the following records to complete…

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Required safety plans

If OSHA came to your door, what’s one of the first things the inspector might ask to see? The answer is …  your Hazard Communication Plan. Is your written plan up for that kind of scrutiny? How about your other safety and health plans? Are you sure you have all the required written plans you…

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Opening New Doors on Process Improvement

La Puerta Originals is a family-owned and -operated company located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The business evolved out of founder Scott Coleman’s combined love of art, architecture and world travel.  As Scott began collecting discarded doors, columns, beautifully carved wood, ironwork and other building materials, word spread about the unique architectural elements of La…

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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…

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Growing San Juan Closet Works is a Team Effort

San Juan Closet Works is a custom closet company specializing in storage and organization solutions for residential and business settings. They specialize in working closely with their customers to develop creative, customized solutions for all of their organizational needs including closets, home offices, pantries, garages, craft rooms, laundry rooms, multi-function rooms and Murphy wall beds.…

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Continuous Improvement Helps Belen Manufacturer Go Global

Sisneros Brothers’ founder Avenicio, left, CEO Martin, and grandson and sales manager Andres; photo by Jane Phillips Sisneros Brothers Manufacturing embodies the entrepreneurial notion that finding the right niche can transform talent into business success. Avenicio Sisneros, founder of the Belen company, began as a cabinetmaker in the 1950s but shifted to making and installing…

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On fire: Old Wood ramps up operations

Old Wood, LLC began in 1999 as a small family-owned sawmill that manufactured wood flooring using fire-reclaimed and tribally sourced woods. In 2008, the company expanded its product line to include end-grain flooring: durable, commercial-grade flooring made of small-diameter and lower-grade woods. This has had a significant impact on the sustainability and proper utilization of…

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Past Impacts

New Mexico MEP Economic Impacts New Mexico MEP is part of a national network of: 588 field locations Over 1,200 MEP experts More than 2,300 partners SUCCESS STORIES Mezel Mods: Competitive Niche Manufacturing in New Mexico Through visual management, lean and line-balancing techniques, New Mexico MEP helped the firm improve its lead time, production volume,…

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Press Release: NIST Renews Commitment to New Mexico’s Manufacturers

Result of competitive funding process demonstrates NIST’s confidence in New Mexico MEP and the state’s manufacturers February 20, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has renewed funding for New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (New Mexico MEP), expressing confidence in the high-quality services delivered and results obtained by the nonprofit organization’s…

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Request for Information from NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing to publish one or more Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in fiscal year 2017. The intent of the NOFO is to add capabilities to the MEP system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the MEP national network which will help solve new and emerging manufacturing problems and capture new…

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Successes & Highlights From 2016

It’s a beautiful thing to watch New Mexico companies grow. To that end, New Mexico MEP provides assistance to our state’s manufacturers in the areas of manufacturing expertise, enhancing processes, and growth strategies. Our mission is to help the existing manufacturing and business communities strengthen their industry competitiveness while developing a globally competitive workforce. We…

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Putting Major Contracts Within Reach

New Mexico MEP just wrapped up an ISO certification class made available through a partnership with the state Economic Development Department and the use of JTIP funding. Being ISO certified is required in order to win big contracts or do business with privately held national and international companies. After September 2017, companies will no longer…

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Ursula Slavens

Ursula is a New Mexico native with an industrial engineering degree from New Mexico State University.  She began her career 25 years ago at Intel Corporation’s semiconductor manufacturing site in Rio Rancho, NM. During that time, she gained a broad spectrum of experience by seeking various roles within many different departments. These roles included industrial engineer,…

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Action Plan on a Map:  Value Stream Mapping Raises Awning Company’s Productivity

Company Profile:  Rader Awning & Upholstering, Inc. designs, manufactures and installs custom awnings, shade structures, and unique fabric products for both commercial and residential applications.  Rader Awning was founded in 1947 by the Rader family and the Mowery family currently owns and operates the business. The company has locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and…

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New Mexico MEP a Key Partner in Private Label Select’s Success Story

Karl Halpert at the 2013 Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Hong Kong Karl Halpert’s collaborative relationship with New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and other business service providers has helped the Taos entrepreneur build Private Label Select (PLS) into the personal-care industry’s premier maker of lip balms, lip tints and other cosmetics in just 22 years.…

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Pivoting from International Crisis to Domestic Manufacturing

Company Profile: BioLime Inc. is an 8 year old company representing over five generations of knowledge in the production of high-performance structural coatings. BioLime Inc. seeks to be a manufacturer of colorized lime-based stuccos, plasters, and paints for exterior and interior applications, whose benefits include energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, and green-eco materials largely sourced…

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Manufacturing Day 2015

Glass Rite, OGB Architectural Millwork, Unirac, Urban Fresh Cosmetics, Insight Lighting, Aquila, Valencia Flour Mill, Jack’s Plastic Welding, Pesco, Mesa Photonics, Solaro Energy and Santa Fe Business Incubator companies were among the 33 businesses that hosted Manufacturing Day tours in New Mexico.

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The Impact of Manufacturing

The impact of manufacturing on America can be seen in the good jobs it provides, the strength of the economy, and the products built in communities around the nation that enable and enrich our everyday lives. We celebrate manufacturing’s impact and the MEP centers across the country working alongside small and medium-sized manufacturers to make…

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BE the IMPACT

 Edge Factor tells stories of extraordinary people. Impact is a collection of insights from the leaders we met along the way. Have you ever thought about what you can do in your company, in your town, in your school? Consider how YOU might participate in Manufacturing Day this year. Go to mfgday.com to see…

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“Heroes of American Manufacturing” and “Manufacturing is Cool”

This family-owned, tooling and injection molding manufacturer in Macomb County Michigan is the latest manufacturer featured in the Heroes of American Manufacturing video series. What started as one toolmaker in his garage, has grown into a 45 person company with a 70,000 square foot facility making prototype and low-volume production products for clients in medical,…

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Did you know that legislation passed last year to reduce Gross Receipts tax on utilities used in the manufacturing process is now in effect?

The forms needed to complete the process have just been released and you cannot become eligible for the reduction without submitting the attached forms. Sadly, it doesn’t look like any tax relief will be retroactive. PNM’s email referenced: “taxes paid before PNM receives the authorized NTTC will be lost forever.” So, getting this into PNM…

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UPCOMING INFOSESSIONS FOR BUSINESSES

New Mexico MEP will host three informative breakfast seminars focused on helping manufacturers and small businesses learn how to grow and expand their business, increase revenue and sales, and prepare their business for the future. Be a part of a 20-minute presentation by New Mexico MEP and wrap up with a question and answer session.…

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EXPORTECH

An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth Do you believe your product has international sales potential, but don’t know how to get started? Have you received international inquiries, but haven’t fully capitalized on them to generate significant sales growth? Would you like to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to expanding international…

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NEW MEXICO 9001

ISO 9001:2008 Preparation for Certification The current session is scheduled through December 2015. Please contact us for information on future sessions. The New Mexico Economic Development Department, in collaboration with the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is offering New Mexico 9000 training classes to prepare New Mexico businesses for ISO 9001 Certification. New Mexico 9000…

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The 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study is now online! Be sure you read about the shifts and trends in the small manufacturing industry.

National Manufacturing Study Reveals New Trends, Steps for Success The study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, finds that this is a critical point in time for U.S. manufacturing, and manufacturers must assess whether they have the workforce, business systems, equipment and strategies in place to successfully compete in the future. While external factors, like…

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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals workshop

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 93 present Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals  workshop A Fundamentals/Refresher Course based on the ASME Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard October 13-14, 2011 Presented by Tony Cimabue of  Tech-Knowledgy for Design and Manufacturing LLC This workshop is designed for engineers, designers, drafters, machinists, inspectors, manufacturing, quality engineers, students or any others…

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Nonprofit analysis boosts firms’ efficiency

When Clovis-based Leslie Candy Co. was purchased by Greg Southard in 2002, the 50-year-old company was using trusted manufacturing processes and recipes to create peanut patties, brittles and haystacks for distribution to supermarkets, convenience stores and specialty boutiques throughout the United States. Southard invited New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership into the organization to review how…

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MI2012

Every year over 700 manufacturers, industry experts and MEP field staff join together to learn and connect, bringing the experience back to their organizations and continuing to build a strong & competitive U.S. manufacturing base. The event truly brings the “voice of manufacturing” and “voice of government” to an open, educational and sharing environment that…

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