TechHelp, as part of the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is crafting a prudent response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation that protects our clients, our team members, and our families. We will use this webpage to post information that Idaho manufacturers may find useful. We will also provide that information via email and our social networks as appropriate.


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TechHelp is part of a network of 51 MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. These centers are available to help small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) through this challenge with more than 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 375 MEP service locations. TechHelp and the MEP National Network can assist manufacturers with most business operations and workforce needs including product design & development, food manufacturing & safety, plant operational issues, business continuity, supply chain issues, and supplier scouting/matchmaking. The fallout from the coronavirus impacts every aspect of our economy including manufacturing. In addition to surviving the current situation and ramping back up, manufacturers may be asked to help produce critical supplies. TechHelp Specialists can help:

  • Our New Product Development Team can help with:
    • Product Design & Build
    • Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing
    • Idea Development
    • Design for Manufacturing
  • Our Food Manufacturing Team can help with:
    • Food Safety Issues & Employee Training
    • Advanced Food Safety Programs
  • Our sister center in Iowa, CIRAS at Iowa State University, is providing educational guides and direct support for food manufacturers to help them plan, prepare, protect, and recover their operations.  TechHelp offers many of the same services.

Vital COVID Related Information for the Food Industry

  1. Critical Workforce – Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
  2. Food Northwest Recommendations for Food Manufacturers– Emergency Prevention Measures for Physical (Social) Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
  3. Protocols for if/when employees test positive in food industry
  4. FDA Food Safety and Coronavirus disease 2019
  5. NC State comprehensive facts YouTube video
  • TechHelp can tap into the NIST MEP National Network for matchmaking activities between manufacturers and suppliers. If you need a manufactured good and can’t find it, we can put a request out through the network. We can also route requests from around the nation to Idaho manufacturers.
  • We maintain tight relationships with private, state, and federal resources. If you have a need and aren’t sure which way to turn, contact us. We make resource referrals all the time.

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TechHelp’s Plan for the Foreseeable Future

  • TechHelp Specialists will keep you informed on the status of current and future workshops and events. We will waive cancellation fees for any projects or events that our clients wish to reschedule.
  • We will offer meetings by phone or video conference at the client’s discretion.
  • Our specialists and outside consultants will continue to take precautionary measures in order to minimize the risk of transmission. 

We will let you know about the increasing list of online resources for training, information, and programs to assist manufacturers. We have listed some useful webinars on our Event Calendar. NIST MEP is beginning to provide information about programs and funding designed to help companies weather the storm and recover. We will collect this valuable information and share it with you as appropriate.


RESOURCES

CDC Information

State of Idaho Resources

Federal & Other Resources