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Michigan Manufacturing Tech Center Gets $1.2 Million For Lightweighting R&D

2/20/2017 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) has been awarded $1.2 million over two years from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for a pilot program to accelerate applied research/development, manufacturing and technology transition to the market of lightweight metals. Read the full article on PRLOG.

New Cyber Security Guidelines Could Impact Local Michigan Manufacturers (VIDEO)

2/16/2017 - Thousands of Southwest Michigan jobs could be in jeopardy if local companies don't adhere to new federal cyber security laws. Berrien County hosts 29 of them, seven are in Cass County, nine are in Van Buren County. Watch the full newscast from ABC57. 

New Cyber Security Guidelines Could Cost Michigan Companies

2/7/2017 - New cyber security guidelines by the Department of Defense are expected to have a huge impact on at least 800 Michigan manufacturers which have to meet the guidelines by the end of the year. Read the full story at 94.9 WSJM. 

The Center: Inspiring Michigan Manufacturers

2/3/2017 - Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center’s new office was designed to feature a dramatic mural just inside the entrance. It features a special welcome message that defines the company’s mission of assisting Michigan manufacturers to work smarter, compete and prosper. View our new building. Read the full article from Corp Magazine. 

Elliot Forsyth Talks About Cyber Crime

2/3/2017 - Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center), talks about how the cyber crime effect the regional business. The Center has been selected to play a lead role in coordinating and streamlining technology-related services to Michigan’s established industries and to assist Michigan’s business to diversify into new and underserved markets. Hear his interview on Michigan Business Network. 

Cybersecurity Guidelines Underway for Michigan Manufacturers

2/2/2017 - Companies working with the Department of Defense have less than a year to meet minimum cybersecurity guidelines. According to Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense are likely to have an enormous impact on the 800 Michigan manufacturers that received a DOD contract in 2016. Read the full article from Production Machining.

Department of Defense Cybersecurity Guidelines Likely to Affect Michigan Manufacturers

2/2/2017 - Cybersecurity guidelines required by the U.S. Department of Defense are likely to have an “enormous impact” on the 800 Michigan manufacturers that received government contracts in 2016, manufacturing experts say. By the end of the year, all DoD contractors (including small businesses) must meet minimum cybersecurity requirements or risk losing their contracts. Read the full article from DBusiness. 

Fabricating a New Sales Approach

1/30/2017 - More job shops are looking to formalize their sales efforts, and that often means eschewing contract sales reps and hiring a full-time employee to go out and chase business. Hear what Ron Quinkert, Senior Business Solutions Manager-Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, has to say about the importance of developing a sales and marketing plan, being flexible, and tracking sales in order to find the right full-time salesperson. Read the full article from TheFabricator.

Cybersecurity Requirements Looming for Michigan Manufacturers

1/26/2017 - Cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense (DoD) are likely to have an enormous impact on the 800 Michigan manufacturers that received a DoD contract in 2016. By December 31, 2017, all DoD contractors (including small businesses) must meet minimum cybersecurity requirements or risk losing DoD business. Alarmingly, most manufacturers aren’t even aware of the looming deadline or what they must do to comply.

NIST Awards $12 Million to MEP Centers in 11 States

1/13/2017 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program has awarded a total of nearly $12 million in first-year funding to 11 organizations, including the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, that will operate MEP centers in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming. MEP centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico support small and medium-size manufacturers and are dedicated to enhancing the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. Read the full article from NIST. 

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