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Post COVID-19 Operational Planning

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's concern. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, and that includes protecting them from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

As businesses prepare to return to work, or continue to adapt as information changes, your operational plan is a critical document that outlines your organization's plan for a safe return. It includes strategies such as social distancing, barriers, PPE, hygiene, disinfection, isolation and training.

The Center-West is now offering a variety of services to meet your COVID-19 operational planning needs - from operational plan development or review, workplace evaluation or risk assessment.

Learn more about these assessment options here.


Preparing for Post-Pandemic Opportunity - Adjusting Your Plan

COVID-19 has been, and continues to be, profoundly disruptive to our businesses, our communities and our daily lives.

Right now, many of you are staying home or have significantly reduced your operations to keep your employees and your neighbors safe. Alternatively, there are others of you who have, at great personal risk, remained open as an essential business or ramped up production to meet the critical needs brought about by this pandemic.

During this time of uncertainty it can be difficult to plan past today, let alone prepare for your next opportunity.

The Right Place understands this and we are prepared to help. To accomplish that, we have worked with our Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center) and their team of experts to offer the PIVOT 2020 Toolkit. For a limited time, this DIY toolkit is offered at no charge and comes with 2 free hours of coaching (1-hour orientation, 1-hour follow-up), if desired.

Toolkit Benefits:

  • Creates a cadence for meaningful work and conversation during this high-anxiety time
  • Methodical scenario planning to more effectively make decisions over the next year
  • Explores options that helps you think about your capabilities and capacity differently, as well as how to deploy limited resources.
  • Helps your team identify signals in changing environments and its implications

**Please note: This toolkit is for those who have stabilized their business, expect to return to operations soon, and are looking for support in planning their next moves.

Once you receive the toolkit, the anticipated time to complete each task is as follows:

  • Form your team: 1 hour
  • Step 1 | Assess: ~4 hours
  • Step 2 | Anticipate Scenarios: ~2 hours
  • Step 3 | Anticipate Financials: ~2 hours
  • Step 4 | Plan: 1 hour to set up, 1 hour monthly to maintain


Who we are:

Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center) has helped small and medium-sized manufacturers become stronger and more competitive. Designed to meet your needs, we develop more effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, promote company-wide operational excellence, and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability.

The Center is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

Our goal is to ensure the West Michigan manufacturing community continues to grow and succeed. Your business is a key component of that goal.

Trusted. Experienced. Local.

The Center has provided objective, straight-forward manufacturing technical support to companies just like yours for over two decades. With deep strategic partnerships, you’ll find the solutions your business needs to succeed here in West Michigan.

The Center is one of five regional offices that make up the The Center network in Michigan. Based in Grand Rapids, The Center covers a 13-county region in West Michigan: from the northern border of Mason, Lake and Osceola Counties, to the southern border of Allegan and Barry Counties.

Our success is measured by your results and our work with you is independently reviewed by a third party. Let’s win together.

What we do:

We are the only objective, federally funded technical services group for manufacturers in West Michigan. We provide trusted, proven training solutions - from the executive office, to the plant floor, to the shipping dock. Talk to us about how we can help with:

The support you need, when you need it.

Today, being a successful manufacturer requires more than simply taking and fulfilling orders. To be a leader, your company must work to continually improve all aspects of your business from customer service and bidding processes to optimizing production capacity and overall profitability. The Center can get you there. Our programs and services will help you:

  • Increase Revenue and Profitability
  • Improve Competitiveness
  • Accelerate Speed to Market
  • Improve Customer Responsiveness
  • Increase Production Capacity
  • Increase Cost Measurement Accuracy