In celebration of Manufacturing DaySM 2017, Varex Imaging Corporation (Nasdaq: VREX) will open its doors on October 20th to more than 40 students from various colleges and universities in the Salt Lake Valley. This event is being held as part of a larger effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
America's manufacturers have laid the foundation for our Nation's vibrant economy and have secured our reputation as an economic superpower. Our manufacturing products consistently set the global standard for design and quality. American manufacturing has been enduringly successful because it is the potent combination of the two great pillars of the American economy: the American entrepreneur and the American worker.
In order to expand their reach to manufacturers in all areas of the state, the MEP Center is partnering with Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Bridgerland Technical College in Logan, Mountainland Technical College in Lehi, and Utah State University in Vernal. These partners will also promote the MEP Center’s mission and ensure their regional manufacturers connect to the resources and services the MEP Center offers.
Utah’s manufacturing industry consists of approximately 3,500 companies that provide 125,000 jobs throughout the state. The output of the manufacturing industry represents more than 14 percent of the gross state product, whereas it accounts for only 9 percent of the state’s employment. Almost 80 percent of the 3,500 Utah manufacturers employ 20 or fewer employees and, thus, these small businesses form the backbone of the Utah manufacturing industry.
Professor Bart Raeymaekers, one of the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center founders, was on the Doug Wright show to talk about manufacturing in Utah.
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement following the announcement of the University of Utah’s new contract with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Recently I accompanied our Director Carroll Thomas to the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (UUMEP) open house announcing a new MEP center in Salt Lake City.
More than 125,000 Utahns work for manufacturers in the state, and their mission is to keep working even if the economy takes a hit. But they can only do so if manufacturing companies here stay productive and find efficient ways to operate. That’s where the University of Utah’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center comes in.
After months of preparation, the University of Utah’s College of Engineering launched a new expertise-sharing center Tuesday to assist the state’s more than 3,000 manufacturing companies boost their productivity and expand jobs.
The University of Utah, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced Tuesday the establishment of the new Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center on campus. Founded by two U. engineering professors, the center is designed to deliver services to small- and medium-size manufacturing companies by providing expertise in technology, worker education and how to develop relationships with potential investors.