Global Expertise Benefits Arkansas's Small and Medium Sized ManufacturersRATIONALE
Winrock's U.S. Programs brings global expertise home to benefit Arkansas, the mid-south, and the United States. To accomplish the AMS objective, we will, along with other business partners, identify and pursue cooperative efforts that will both benefit and increase the availability of project expertise and training and the distribution of products and services to SME.
Rural and enterprise development programs, technology assistance, adn environmental services provide crosscutting strategies to address challenges facing the region and nation. Activities include: natural resource management, manufacturing and business extension, workforce development, cooperative development, Southern United States trade Association (SUSTA), Arkansas Wood Manufacturers Assocation (AWMA).
Two full-time project managers, supported by the AMS funding, will work closely with Winrock and its partners to provide manufacturing and business extension services.
Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions primary purpose is to assist Arkansas's small and medium sized manufacturers (SME) with their economic development activities.
AMS has continued to provide services to Arkansas manufacturers in the areas of lean manufacturing, growth services, energy/environmental services and quality management consulting and training. The project managers associated with Winrock have concentrated on development of the Arkansas Innovation Marketplace (AIM) to facilitate connections between Arkansas innovators and companies/organizations looking to invest in, manufacture, or distribute new products. The AIM has been expanded to provide a platform through which Arkansas manufacturers can post their manufacturing capabilities and find opportunities to fill their excess capacities.