Manufacture Alaska Extension (MAKE) Program
SWAMC previously housed the Alaska center for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a NIST program with locations in all 50 states. Manufacture Alaska Extension (MAKE), as Alaska’s MEP was called under SWAMC, began in January 2016 and was managed by SWAMC staff, under Program Director Erik O’Brien, until December 31st, 2018.
In its three years of operation, MAKE served over 60 manufacturing clients through partnerships with organizations such as Alaska Sea Grant, Anchorage Makerspace, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), Spruce Root, and others. The MAKE program also helped link clients directly with skilled contractors to solve industry and company-specific challenges.
The MAKE program had interactions with clients across the state, from Southwest Alaska to Southeast Alaska to up north in Fairbanks. This statewide program aimed to positively impact and support manufacturers both large and small, in regions both remote and urban. Beginning January 1st, 2019, the MEP center for Alaska will be managed by a new organization (yet to be announced) which will continue efforts to provide support and resources to Alaskan manufacturers.
For more information about SWAMC’s former MEP Program, please visit the MAKE Partnership website: