“Our relationship with the UUMEP Center has been incredibly beneficial to our business. We sought to become SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified and the UUMEP Center facilitated the contract with the auditing company, and helped us to reach our goal of becoming SQF certified. In addition, the UUMEP Center also has extensive networking abilities and got us in touch with a recipe developer who had been in a similar industry as our own. Not only did he work with us on a new soup recipe, but he has been a wonderful resource for other aspects of our company as well.
Becoming SQF certified has already opened doors to us that otherwise would have been closed. The same week that we were having our final audit, a very large national grocery chain invited us to their corporate headquarters to discuss our product lines- but only if we could guarantee that we would pass the audit. We did, and we have been working with three separate category teams to develop private label products for their brand. They are also allowing us to take our product nationwide and will be selling our Brooke & Bradford branded products in their stores across the country. “
Brooke & Bradford was founded in Salt Lake City, UT in 2015 with four employees, to fill a need in the marketplace for gluten-free soups. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, founder and owner Brooke was devastated to roam the grocery store aisles only to find gluten in soups where there didn’t need to be any. This experience motivated Brooke to create soups, skillet meals, spices and bulk ingredients that are all gluten-free, dairy-free, nut free, shellfish-free, soy-free, all-natural and preservative-free.
Alfonso and Alejandra Porras founded Sir Walter Candy Company in December 1997. The dream was founded when, as a child, Alfonso visited a family friend in New Jersey who was devoted to the candy industry. Walter Zittle was passionate about the art of candy making. Excited with Alfonso’s enthusiasm to learn, he taught Alfonso all he knew about candy. He shared candy recipes acquired from around the world and secrets behind making great-tasting confections. Before Walter’s death in 1992, he sent Alfonso his own personal books in hopes that Alfonso would be inspired to master the skill. In December of 1997, Alfonso and his with Alejandra started Sir Walter Candy. They built a custom trailer, where they started making confections and sold at local farmers markets. On September 15, 2000, Sir Walter Candy celebrated the grand opening of its first store located in Monrovia, California. They developed products and corporate gifts that were delicious and unique. In December of 2007 Sir Walter closed the California Store to move to a larger facility in Utah. Today they are committed to Walter’s dream in keeping the art of candy making alive.
“Working with the UUMEP has been a great experience. From the beginning, they have been genuinely interested in what we do, and how to best help facilitate business growth. They were very hands-on and helped identify resources we were unaware of, then coordinated initial meetings as well as follow-up meetings to help ensure continued progress toward the end goal. We highly recommend engaging with the UUMEP team to support any specific objectives related to consulting and/or engineering to facilitate growth. As a result of our experience, we will be reaching out to UUMEP often!”
Mamachari Kombucha, founded in 2013 and owned by Lorrie Vorkink and Ben Phillips, brews craft kombucha in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. They focus on brewing the finest kombucha, using organic and natural ingredients to produce a wide variety of flavor profiles while producing a consistent and quality product. Mamachari Kombucha products are all vegan with exception of two flavors that include honey. Some of their unique flavors include Lemon Ginger, Mint Lime, Roots & Botanicals, Jasmine Rose, Concord Grape, Honey Hops, Flower Power, and Lavender Honey. They also have a tap room where the public sample and purchase specialty flavors such as Mango Habanero, Blueberry Pomegranate, and The Aloha.
“Our interactions with the UUMEP Center drastically improved our internal processes. Training courses provided an opportunity for open exchange between employees to find solutions to problems. The UUMEP Center also facilitated the cultural shift necessary for changes to stick.”
Founded in 1984 in Logan, Utah, Plastic Resources, Inc. (PRI) is a provider of manufactured solutions to companies all over the world. PRI specializes in plastic extrusion, plastic thermoforming, machine tooling and part fabrication, and can take a project from concept to final production, including post-production processes. With clients ranging from semiconductors to aerospace to landscaping, PRI’s modern production methods and dedicated team set them apart from others in the industry.
“Our experience with the UUMEP Center was very positive. They were respectful of our time, made the best use of it, and helped guide us through the process to achieve our desired result. They brought insights and experience from outside our industry and applied them appropriately. Our estimating and project management teams are more efficient and our exposure to risk is less due to their involvement.”
Seated just outside Zion National Park, S&S Steel Fabrication has over 35 years of experience in preparing structural steel for commercial applications. They provide the skeleton for new construction in oil and gas, mining and minerals, power transmission, and government applications.
“Working with the UUMEP Center has been a lifeline for us. Utilizing some of the cost saving features that they offer has made a significant difference in moving forward or not. I believe it’s not just the MEP program that has helped us, but their people who implement and develop relationships with small businesses, which is key. The UUMEP Center was instrumental in our success, and their support has enabled us to grow. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them in 2018.”
Ali and Sara Yazdian, avid mountain bikers and product development professionals, used their military grade equipment design experience as inspiration for the design features of their product, Alta Racks. This product is designed to be an adaptable and dynamic hitch-mounted recreational equipment vehicle rack, and help eliminate the need of additional racks for different outdoor recreational activities. Made to withstand life in rugged Utah, from the 11,000 feet peaks of Wasatch to the unforgiving terrain of Moab.
“The UUMEP Center helped us understand that we didn’t need major facility changes to increase flow. We simply needed a systematic approach to eliminate the waste and to fully implement some basic process flow rules. They respected that we had a facility to run and were flexible when hot issues came up. It was clear they were interested in training us to meet our needs rather than ensuring we follow their exact process.”
NAMMO is an AS9100 certified engineering and composite manufacturing company with more than 20 years of experience. They specialize in producing canisters and military-grade rocket launchers for the Department of Defense. They also have a diverse range of advanced composite experience with clients in aerospace, oil, industrial, commercial, and recreational markets.
“We were looking to implement a culture change within the company and needed a leader to help drive that change through lean. For the past five months, I have been working with the UUMEP Center, and through their mentorship, we have seen a dramatic change within the company. We have opened up space and implemented Kaizen events that reduced waste and inventory. We have also happily noted changes in our company culture; improved employee attitudes and a complete buy-in with the changes that have been put in place.”
Founded in 1982, IC Group has grown to become one of the largest and most dynamic privately-owned providers of marketing solutions in the intermountain west, currently employing 150 team members at their 55,000 square foot facility
in Salt Lake City.
“Working with the UUMEP Center has taken away a lot of the financial and administrative stress from pursuing growth initiatives. They truly feel like a business partner interested and invested in our success. Their staff took the time to personally evaluate our business needs and opportunities to see how their experience and resources could improve our operations. They also provided extensive administrative support required for contract negotiation, project savings, and payment processing. The UUMEP Center is organized, responsive, and has a great team of experienced staff.”
Thrive Life, LLC is a premier source for healthy, convenient, and cost efficient freeze dried food. There are over 40 steps in their proprietary freeze dry process to make sure the taste, quality and nutrition are exactly how people describe it: amazing!
“Madyson’s Marshmallows is a small company with an exponential rate of growth each year. Partnering with the UUMEP Center has been a terrific experience for us and has helped us take large steps in moving forward with being able to manufacture our confections for major retailers. Quality and food safety are of the utmost importance to us and to our customers. The UUMEP Center helped us obtain our GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certification so that we can partner with new retailers and bring our marshmallows to more customers nationwide. Our next step in the journey of food safety is to become SQF Level 2 certified and to make this happen, we will continue to partner with the UUMEP Center to conduct a gap analysis, implement changes, and more towards SQF certification.”
Madyson’s Marshmallows began when four-year old Madyson asked her dad how to make a marshmallow. They started mixing different marshmallow recipes together in their kitchen, and it turned out they were delicious! Not long after, their business grew into a gourmet marshmallow company, making stuffed marshmallows, marshmallow beverage toppers, donuts, pops, and more. Their marshmallows are produced using natural, kosher ingredients without preservatives. Based in Heber, Utah, their marshmallows can be found in both national retail locations and smaller specialty markets and boutiques.
“In partnership with the UUMEP Center, KIHOMAC is very happy to report that a new receiving process has been implemented and is already reaping measurable improvements. With the help of the UUMEP Center, future Value Stream Mapping initiatives are being planned and we are continuing to increase our capabilities to utilize internal resources to facilitate these events as our managers and CPI teams gain experience and see their efforts bear fruit. We have no doubt that this joint effort with the UUMEP Center has been a huge success.”
KIHOMAC is a veteran-owned and AS9100C certified company with a proven track record in delivering complex parts and assemblies for customers such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. Located in Layton, they work with the United States Air Force, to keep our nation’s aircraft flying, through their broad capability in fabricating sheet metal and aluminum honeycomb parts, composite bonded honeycomb or laminate fiberglass, and carbon and Kevlar parts. Since their founding in 2003, KIHOMAC has provided rapid design and delivery capabilities spanning small production quantities and supporting unique fleets, as well as larger runs where several complex assemblies
per week are produced.
“Having my team work creatively together to resolve the requests of our customers, and to come up with solutions to save time and cost was very productive and informative. Together, we were able to implement some new operational guidelines, organize our work flow, brainstorm ideas to cut costs, and get our staff on the same page. Each person was able to input their ideas and issues to troubleshoot, and then make the best decision for the group as a whole. I would definitely do it again!”
Jones Shirts & Signs is a family-owned and operated company, located in Ogden, Utah, which employs eight people, and has been in business for 17 years. They offer embroidery, signs, stickers, screen printing, transfers, promotional items, gifts, and banners. You can find their work in small and large companies, and in local sports teams and organizations throughout Utah. They strive to create the best products at competitive prices and provide personal, hands-on assistance to each customer.
“Teaming with the UUMEP Center has been a phenomenal experience. Despite our company being well established, we recognized the need to get an outside, independent, organization to help evaluate goals and modernize our processes. The UUMEP staff carefully listened to what we were trying to achieve and captured the overarching themes. Instead of the boilerplate checklists one might find with other consulting groups, they took the time to fully comprehend the nuances of our company. Collectively, we identified the need to further evaluate our key offerings and reinforce foundational tenets, thus expanding our competitive advantage. By leveraging best practices, their cumulative decades of industry experience, and their expansive resource network, the UUMEP team significantly improved our operational and strategic initiatives, and helped to validate our key areas of focus. Furthermore, they offered critical feedback and tailored solutions to help a small company like ours navigate the potential pitfalls associated with larger manufacturing partners, supply chain challenges, and future manufacturing integration. Connecting with the UUMEP Center has provided a valuable and qualified third-party viewpoint that has given us confidence in our current vision and direction. We strongly feel that the impact on our company will continue in a positive direction as we move into more tactical initiatives. In the long term, we see the result of this partnership being one of critical advantage to our small business and the spring board to fast-tracking our expansion and efficiency goals.“
OTW Safety is a company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that manufactures plastic barricades and safety equipment for use in multiple industries, including protecting roadway construction crews, warning pilots of airfield hazards, security barriers, crowd control, and delineating spaces at public events. They have been in business since 1989 and employ seven people. You can find OTW barriers at major airports, including SLC, ATL, BOS, SAN, LAX, and at sports stadiums of the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Detroit Red Wings among others. They pride themselves in manufacturing barriers in the USA, working with their customers to understand their needs, and providing tailored solutions.