The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - West
Restart & Recovery Tools
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West) team is proud to offer a variety of tools and services to support our region's manufacturers through the transition of operational restart and recovery following the COVID-19 economic shutdown.
- PIVOT 2020 Toolkit to identify and prepare for future opportunities
- Post COVID-19 Operational Planning Assessment Services to assist with your safe return to work plan, including operational plan development or review, workplace evaluation or risk assessment.
- Post-Pandemic Cash Flow Analysis to help you look at payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable with concise data and make decisions based on how forecasts will affect each stakeholder.
- High-Level Leadership Development Coaching Program to develop a planned, deliberate culture to drive productivity and innovation so leaders can redefine and set the vision by understanding the needs of their team and aligning them with the company's chosen focus.
Learn more about all of these tools on our Restart & Recovery page.
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
How we work:
Whether you have specific areas for improvement or you’re not sure where to start, we can build tailored solutions and provide resources to meet your exact needs. Our proven processes and experts are dedicated to maximizing every dollar you invest in improving your business.
Every new project begins with a NO-COST ASSESSMENT of your entire manufacturing facility. This assessment helps identify areas for improvement throughout your process. More importantly, the results of your assessment will identify a baseline for improvement as you move forward.
The results of your assessment are used to develop a custom implementation plan tailored specifically to your company's exact needs and plans for growth. Unlike other work plans, this one is focused on specific actionable steps for improvement and drives quantifiable results.
We have a variety of solutions to help you get the most out of your The Center experience. Depending on your preferred level of engagement, we can implement solutions via: customized learning through online training and consulting, peer-to-peer group learning, and general awareness learning through conferences, seminars, and workshops.
We measure our success by yours. Unlike many other providers, your work with us is independently reviewed by a separate company. Each project is analyzed for success based on quantifiable impacts such as: increased sales, new customers, and cost savings. We don't succeed unless you succeed.
Continuous improvement is a vital component of every profitable manufacturer. Once a program is completed, we work with you to update your current state and identify the next steps for improvement in your process.