Industrial Extension Program

Industrial Extension Services Include:

The Industrial Extension Service of WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources taps the expertise of WVU to provide technical assistance to West Virginia industry. Since 1996, Industrial Extension has been an integral part of the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP). WVMEP is a non-profit provider of manufacturing consulting services to West Virginia industry. Services available range from production process improvement and quality systems to environmental management systems and health and safety. Services are customized to the specific needs of individual companies. WVMEP's mission is to improve the competitiveness of West Virginia manufacturers by helping them lower costs, increase sales, and strengthen profitability. The integration of Industrial Extension with the WVMEP allows WVMEP to address a broad range of engineering issues confronting manufacturers and, at the same time, to bring the resources and expertise of WVU to meet the needs of industry in West Virginia.

WVMEP is an affiliate of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Another key partner is the West Virginia Development Office. Support from WVDO, combined with the support of NIST and WVU, provide WVMEP with the necessary resources to meet the needs of industrial companies in West Virginia at very reasonable cost.

WVMEP has offices around the state to make access to our services as easy and convenient as possible. Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Bridgeport, Romney, Wheeling, and Morgantown are current locations.

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Success Stories

Each company is unique and so are the problems and challenges they face on a daily basis. Part of our mission is to work closely with you to understand what makes your company unique, how to leverage your strengths to make the most of your opportunities, and how to eliminate threats and weaknesses. We try to provide measurable goals so that you can see how far you have come. We write success stories at the end of a project so that we can help you see how far you've come and to help others realize how we can assist them with their problems. To learn more about some of the successful projects completed, click on the story below.

FCX Systems Inc
Helping to demonstrate their commitment to quality, meet the expectations of existing customers, and to increase its customer base through the development and implementation of ISO9001.

Figaretti Manufacturing and Distribution
A growing business needed to identify how to meet the needs of their customer while moving into a new facility.

KSD Enterprises
Building better communication between KSD Enterprises and their customers by creating custom written manuals and documents for product operations.

The WVMEP Advisory Committee

The WVMEP has assembled an advisory committee to help ensure we continue to focus our efforts and direction on the areas that are critical to manufacturing in West Virginia. Our board is comprised of people from the manufacturing and assistance sectors. Click on any of our committee members to learn more about them.

Chris Liller, Thermo Gauge Instruments

Marten Jenkins, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Jeff Herholdt, West Virginia Division of Energy

Yurij Wowczuk, Global Production and Technology

Dolph Santorine

Greg Mason, Automated Merchandising Systems

Charlie Burd, Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia

Mark Johnson, Pemco Corporation

Anne Barth, TechConnectWV

Bruce Sparks, National Research Center for Coal and Energy

Jason Mattern, Sal Chemical

The WVU Industrial Extension Partners

Industrial extension has worked to develop partnerships with various organizations to help you. Learn more about our partners below and contact us to learn how we can use these partnerships to help you!

National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST provides technical support to the nation's manufacturing industries as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the international competition.

West Virginia Development Office
The West Virginia Development Office works to improve the quality of life for all West Virginians by strengthening communities and expanding the state's economy to create more and better jobs.

West Virginia Division of Energy
The West Virginia Division of Energy is responsible for the formulation and implementation of fossil, renewable, and energy efficiency initiatives designed to advance energy resource development opportunities and provide energy services to businesses, communities, and homeowners in West Virginia.

West Virginia Small Business Development Center
The WVSBDC promotes economic development through a program of practical, interrelated services, providing assistance to existing small businesses and the emerging entrepreneur. The WVSBDC provides many free services that can assist you in your business ventures.

Natural Capital Investment Fund
The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) provides flexible financing to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses in rural, economically distressed communities in West Virginia; North Carolina; the Appalachian regions of Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio; and south Georgia. In addition to providing critical, timely capital, NCIF also support clients with technical assistance to help them build capacity for success.

TechConnect
TechConnect is a global technology outreach and development organization, matching highly qualified emerging technologies with corporate, government, and investment partners through community driven peer-review programs. TechConnect partners directly with the world's leading innovation providers from academia and industry to deliver only the best technology solutions to our corporate and investment partners.

Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
The mission of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is to promote and provide high-quality, accessible, and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians, and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of the state.