About

Vermont Manufacturers’ Trusted Advisor

Our Mission and How VMEC Works:

Our primary Mission is: “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.”

This is accomplished by working as a Trusted Advisor to leverage VMEC expertise  and other public and/or private resources to achieve operational excellence and sustainable profitable growth, while maximizing enterprise value. This may include providing hands-on implementation assistance, consulting, training and coaching to help accelerate growth through innovation, increased productivity, and improved manufacturing and business processes.  VMEC has grown since 1995 through strong partnerships, collaboration, and a passionate commitment to help willing enterprises improve, grow and achieve a promising future.  VMEC is the official Vermont representative and part of the nationwide MEP National Network. “MEP” is the abbreviation for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Other key VMEC stakeholder partners are:

  • Vermont State Colleges. VMEC Headquarters is located in the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center at 1540 VT RT 66 in Randolph. It is part of the extended main campus of Vermont Technical College based in Randolph Center where VMEC has been hosted since 1995.
  • State of Vermont, through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Vermont Technology Council, who “fathered” the original idea for VMEC in 1994. They have encouraged and helped to advise the Center since that time.
  • VMEC Advisory Board, consisting of up to 15 elected, volunteer members who are predominantly proactive manufacturing company owners and/or senior leaders, plus other leaders who freely give of their valuable time because of their strong interest in supporting and growing manufacturing in Vermont.

Does VMEC work with non-manufacturers?

Yes, but on a selective basis. In early 2006, VMEC PSG was launched as a business unit of VMEC to bring the Center’s vast Lean process improvement, strategy expertise, and trusted advisor status to selected non-manufacturing Vermont sectors. These sectors include and are not limited to healthcare, higher education, government, non-profit organizations and finance.

VMEC is Results and Impact-driven.

First of all, we strive for, and achieve, measurable results and positive bottom line impacts. VMEC has been a trusted advisor for more than 900 Vermont manufacturing companies since 1995. Our Annual VMEC Impact Report is available by clicking on this link.

Who would help me?

VMEC has a statewide staff of Professional Manufacturing Advisors, Growth Coaches and Innovation Black Belts. Our Black Belts are very experienced in implementing cost effective process improvements and company/organization innovation and profitable growth strategies. Additionally, one advisor specializes in Information Technologies, including software selection and system implementations. Many of the problems and concerns of client companies are solved directly by VMEC trusted advisors. In other situations, additional resources may be called in to assist. Each VMEC Advisor is trained in accessing and linking with other technical resources and services, if necessary. These might be experts from Vermont or from around the country if required. VMEC’s affiliation with the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) gives access to a wealth of our nation’s public and private science and technology resources. When outside resources are utilized, VMEC generally assumes overall project management responsibilities to ensure satisfactory project completion.

What does VMEC assistance cost?

The first step is free of charge and usually includes a company visit and confidential, preliminary needs assessment. Additional services performed are done on a reasonable fee for service basis.