2,000 Productivity Specialists Offer Free Analysis

Lorrie Browing got help to find the best way to move her homemade beef jerky business out of her kitchen and into a real facility. A Texas wood products company turned their $35,000 loss in disposing of saw dust into a $15,000 profit by selling it as animal bedding for horse stable floors. The U.S. Department of Commerce has established 70 not-for-profit centers that will analyze your program and help you determine the best way to solve your problem. The analysis is free, but there is a charge for follow up work. These centers have been established to help small and medium size manufacturers increase their potential for success. They can help companies cope with a changing environment, decrease manufacturing costs, or discover ways to use new technology. To identify your local center, contact Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899; 800-637-4634; {www.mep.nist.gov}.

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