The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has launched its Fall 2003 – Spring 2004 workshop season. VMEC’s 30 public workshops are located throughout Vermont and cover a wide range of manufacturing topics, includinglean manufacturing, supply chain management, new product development, strategic planning, and industrial marketing. Upon request, throughout the year the Center also holds “on site” workshops at many Vermont manufacturingplants.Each of the 13 distinct workshops addresses the unique challenges facing Vermont manufacturers in today’s global economy. Experienced, professional presenters give attendees practical, proven tools and ideas that they cantake back to their companies and immediately begin using.”I have attended a number of VMEC workshops. Every one I have participated in has covered material pertinent to our operations at Vermont Pure,” said Dave Bullis, Plant Manager at Vermont Pure Holdings in Randolph. “I havebeen able to gain valuable insight into various areas of our business. More importantly, my colleagues and I have acquired tools we have been able to take back to our workplace and use to improve the business.”VMEC is offering the following public workshops through December 2003:Total Productive Maintenance:Oct. 14, 2003 Holiday Inn, RutlandAttendees will explore, identify and learn how to eliminate the 6 major equipment related wastes within a manufacturing environment.Value Stream Mapping:Oct. 24, 2003 Clarion Hotel, BurlingtonBuild on the principles of Lean 101 by learning how to identify waste and areas for improvement within your organization. The elements of this course make up the foundation for the “House of Lean.”NEW Supply Chain Essentials:Oct. 29, 2003 Clarion Hotel, BurlingtonThis workshop will explore economic and business benefits of supply chain management, appropriate performance metrics, key best practices and an assessment framework that can be simply applied encompassing the fourfundamental processes of Plan, Source, Make and Deliver.Cellular Flow Manufacturing: Nov. 11, 2003 Capitol Plaza Hotel, MontpelierParticipants will learn the 5-step process for designing and implementing work cells to reduce lead times and optimize floor space usage.NEW Strategic & Long Range Planning: Nov 19, 2003 Clarion Hotel, BurlingtonLearn practical methods and tactics for developing and implementing a “living and breathing” strategic plan for your organization.Performance Measurements for Lean Manufacturing: Dec 4, 2003 Clarion Hotel, BurlingtonThis workshop presents a series of standard, tried-and-true performance measures used in Lean production cells.Techniques in Pull/Kanban:Dec.10, 2003 Clarion Hotel, BurlingtonThis workshop teaches participants how to design and implement visual, customer-driven pull/kanban material replenishment systems.Through a working partnership with the Vermont Training Program of the Department of Economic Development, VMEC is pleased to offer a $100 discount to Vermont manufacturers, reducing the $250 workshop registration fee to $150 per person. Register early to ensure you receive this discount.A complete listing of courses, including dates, locations and descriptions, as well as an on-line registration service, can be found on the website at www.vmec.org(link is external).