New Advisory Board to Guide MEP; MEP Successes Highlighted

October 03, 1997

Eight industry and economic development leaders have been appointed to serve on the newly created Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board. Meeting three times a year, the board will provide advice on MEP programs, plans and policies. The board will summarize its findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce in an annual report.

The board members are:

  • Jay Brandinger; Trenton, N.J.; executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology;
  • Roxi Downing; Des Moines, Iowa; chief executive officer, Qualis Inc.;
  • Irwin Feller; University Park, Pa.; professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University;
  • Maurice Lee; Boley, Okla.; president of Smokaroma Inc.;
  • Ed Noha; Chicago, Ill.; chairman of the board of CNA Financial Corp.;
  • James Quillin; Alamo, Calif.; senior advisor, Economic Development, California Conference of Machinists;
  • Lawrence Rhoades; Irwin, Pa.; president of Extrude Hone Corp.; and
  • William Webber; Greensboro, N.C.; interim director, PT CAM.

A ninth member of the board is expected to be named soon.

MEP has released a special publication, MEP Successes: A Case Study Approach, that highlights 24 success stories. The publication provides case studies of technical assistance projects provided to companies in 15 industries -- from aerospace companies in California and Georgia, to wood product companies in North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Copies of the report can be obtained by contacting MEP at 301/975-5020.