Matt Allmand, a recognized expert in industrial manufacturing, has been named director of the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). He started in the role on May 1. Allmand earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and currently serves on the advisory council for the UNK School of Business and Technology.

The Nebraska MEP at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the state’s lead resource for manufacturing support and assistance. Leveraging relationships with specialists at the university and a network of external providers, Nebraska MEP offers an assortment of services to help manufacturers grow, compete and excel in a global marketplace.

“I am passionate about efficient manufacturing processes and I look forward to working with manufacturers across the state to identify opportunities for increased productivity and growth using resources from the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership,” Allmand said.

Nebraska MEP tailors unique plans to meet the specific goals and objectives of its clients. The end goal is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of manufacturers through a concerted effort to develop high caliber workers, foster product innovation, cultivate new customers and enter new markets. In 2017, Nebraska MEP interacted with more than 254 small and medium size manufacturing clients resulting in $2.2 million in new and retained sales, $2.6 million in cost savings and $628,701 in new client investments.