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TMAC receives grant to help manufacturers recover from Hurricane Harvey

10/23/2017 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION - Many small and medium-sized manufacturers in Texas are facing a long road to recovery from Hurricane Harvey, but the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) at TEEX will provide recovery support – through a $2 million federal grant to TMAC, with $800,000 for the TMAC at TEEX Gulf Coast region.

Funding from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Texas recover from facility damage, labor shortages and other disruptions caused by the storm and flooding. The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provided emergency funding to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana and TMAC, a program operated by the University of Texas at Arlington with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service serving the Gulf Coast and East Central regions of the state.

Smaller manufacturers are often important suppliers in vital national supply chains, yet they often have less time to recover from disasters before they start to lose customers. TMAC will assess obstacles keeping affected manufacturers from returning to normal operations and help them develop recovery plans and connect with federal, state or local resources that can assist in their business recovery efforts.

“Our hope is to reach out to as many impacted manufacturers in the area as possible and help them assess, prioritize and find the needed resources to speed their recovery efforts.” said Lesa Hill, Division Director of TEEX Knowledge Engineering and TMAC Partner Council member.

TMAC will also work with NIST on ways to disseminate disaster preparedness information and best practices for what manufacturers should do before, during and after a disaster.

About NIST and MEP

As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.  Visit www.nist.gov  www.nist.gov/mep/

About TMAC

TMAC helps businesses grow, increase profits, increase productivity, develop a skilled workforce, improve management systems, develop & launch new products, save money, innovate and reach their goals. TMAC is an affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a nationwide network of state, university-based and non-profit centers focusing on solving manufacturers’ challenges and identifying opportunities for growth.

Contact Information

Kathy Fraser

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

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