The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) is committed to supporting manufacturers. One of LCTCS’ initiatives is to train a successful workforce. The system office works with each individual community college to create relevant, timely programs and services that address their specific industry needs. The MEP of LA continues to work with LCTCS and the colleges to reach out and work with manufacturers state-wide. In support of these goals, Ms. Nelli Sichwart was appointed in May 2019. She is domiciled at Bossier Parish Community College. Please visit http://mepol.org/news/manufacturing-extension-partnership-of-louisiana-appoints-project-manager-at-bossier-parish-community-college to read the press release and learn more about Nelli. Additionally, the search is ongoing for project managers to be located at the following colleges:
• Central Louisiana Technical Community College
• SOWELA Technical Community College
Please visit  https://www.lctcs.edu/human-resources/jobs  for job descriptions and directions to apply.
The recently published IMPACT score is at its highest level in six years, which is a testament to the great work being accomplished by our team members. Over the past four quarters, we worked with more than 110 manufacturers, mostly “new” clients. Moreover, the surveyed manufacturers reported the following (a Perfect 100 score on IMPACT):
•             More than 58 Million in Retained Sales
•             More than 25 Million in New Sales
•             More than 1,500 Created and Retained Jobs
•             More than 23 Million in New Investments
•             More than 12 Million in Cost Savings
•             More than 85% in Improved Competitiveness
•             A Net Promoter Score ® greater than 90%

Additionally, over the past four quarters, we worked with more than 45 very small establishments with less than 20 employees, more than 10 clients in rural areas, and more than 10 startup companies. Furthermore, we had our 3rd year panel review in April 2019. The results of the panel review showed “satisfactory” performance, which resulted in a continue funding decision for the program under LCTCS. Lastly, Director Carroll Thomas from NIST MEP had a huge shout out for the Louisiana Performance on June 27, 2019 call.

In 2017, the MEP of LA was awarded a grant to conduct free assessments to manufacturers in the 12-impacted parishes under Hurricane Harvey. We have added a page to our website that included solutions for the entire affected market with access to common problems and possible outcomes. Please visit http://mepol.org/hurricane-harvey to learn more. 

The MEP of Louisiana team attended the NIST MEP Southeast Regional Meeting in North Carolina in May 2019. Southeast MEP Centers were able to share best practices specific to their region. Several MEP of Louisiana staff presented at the meeting to include topics such as the Pricing Strategies and Social Media Marketing Tools. More on this topic can be found below in our What’s Happening at NIST MEP section.

In June 2019, I participated in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 126 th Annual Conference & Exposition in Tampa, Florida. The only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education, it featured more than 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. I presented at the conference on the topics of Using Competitiveness Reviews to Determine New Academic Program Development Needs, and the use of Minitab Statistical Analysis Software in Engineering Technology Education. Photos from the conference are below.
I, and the rest of the MEP of LA team, look forward to continuing our work with manufacturers across Louisiana, who are working each day to make a difference in the lives of our communities, state, country and world through innovative products, value-added processes, and economic impact.

Dr. Ali Ahmad , Director
The Louisiana Composites & Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit was held on June 4 th , 2019 at Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). The speakers at the event included industry experts James Jones of Composites One, Andrew Pokelwaldt of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Dave Pierson of America Makes and Danny Norman of the Tennessee MEP University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. The Summit allowed attendees to learn more about the composites industry and additive manufacturing.
Career Compass of Louisiana is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students achieve their post-secondary aspirations. The goal of Career Compass is to remove obstacles that would keep students from succeeding following high school graduation. The organization believes there is a pathway to college and career for all students, regardless of background, academic record, family history, or other factors. Career Compass of Louisiana works with Louisiana public schools to ensure that every student has a pathway to college and a rewarding career.

"In Central Louisiana, there are too many jobs in manufacturing that remain unfilled. We are proud to work with the MEP of Louisiana and CLTCC to attract high school students and adults to the field using trained college and career coaches blended with innovative technology that targets people would may not otherwise know about the high-paying jobs right in their backyard. Career Compass has helped more than 100,000 students access education and training opportunities since 2006, and we are thrilled to be working to support the growth of the manufacturing industry in Cenla," said Career Compass of Louisiana Director of Strategic Partnerships, Crystal Burch.
JULY 2019
Meet the July 2019 Face of Manufacturing - Solomon Garba of NovelAire Technologies

Solomon Garba takes his role as supervisor very seriously and at NovelAire Technologies he continuously helps the company succeed through hard work and positive encouragement to other employees.
NovelAire Technologies is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has attained a reputation for innovation, flexibility, and superior product quality and customer service. NovelAire provies innovative indoor air quality solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. The company also supplies products to the automotive, power generation and other industries.
NIST Machinery Maintenance Cost Study

We Need Your Help

Efficient machinery maintenance methods can mean the difference between a thriving profitable firm and one that loses money and sales (e.g., imagine a firm that has machines that are frequently down or one that has numerous product defects). As reported in NIST AMS 100-18, manufacturers have reported significant savings as a result of investing in improved maintenance, including 35%-45% reductions in downtime and 65%-95% reductions in defects.

These results, however, do not tell the whole story. Therefore, NIST is studying the costs and benefits of firms advancing their maintenance techniques. The results, which will aid manufacturers in understanding the economics of advancing maintenance, are planned to be published in a report and as part of a free software tool for manufacturers. To produce these items, NIST needs to collect data from manufacturers.

Please help us help you by completing this brief 22 question survey at: https://www.nist.gov/el/applied-economics-office/machinery-maintenance-survey.

Questions or comments can be directed to Douglas Thomas at maintenance@nist.gov. We appreciate your assistance. 
The NIST MEP Southeast Regional Meeting was held on May 22nd and 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina. The MEP National Network's Southeast region comprises seven coastal states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana), inland Tennessee, and the island of Puerto Rico. The meeting allowed Center staff to share best practices within the MEP Network. Several members of the MEP of Louisiana team participated and presented topics at this year's meeting (pictured above).
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