Company-Wide Assessments A variety of formal assessment tools are available to evaluate a firm’s strengths and weaknesses, including financial analysis and performance benchmarking. Technical Assistance Drawing on its spectrum of resources, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance can assist companies dealing with technical and industry-specific issues. Questline is a service that provides answers to technical questions, usually within 48 hours. Problem-Solving Resources From marketing efforts to human resources, the Manufacturing Alliance calls on a comprehensive network of private consultants and public service agencies to assist manufacturers. Manufacturing extension agents can work with companies on financial arrangements for capital improvements and business expansions. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance coordinates Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt training. Help is also available on industry certifications, like ISO. Local Manufacturing Councils Manufacturing extension agents help coordinate local manufacturing councils, a valuable network that allows companies to talk about common challenges and share ideas. MEAs often assist with interfirm collaborations and business partnerships. Business Growth Services Utilizing a unique set of projects, the Manufacturing Alliance can help a company grow through strategic positioning, market analysis, product development, and sales strategies. Lean Manufacturing The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a leader in the expansion of Lean Manufacturing. Our NIST-certified Lean program dramatically transforms the way manufacturers do business, producing more with existing resources by eliminating non-value added activities. The Lean Manufacturing tools and services are not only proven, they’re flexible. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance works in conjunction with private service providers to offer:
  • Strategic Planning and Evaluation
  • Lean 101 Introductory Courses
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • 5S System
  • Setup Reduction
  • Cellular Flow
  • Total Production Maintenance
  • Pull/Kanban System
  • Kaizen Implementation Projects
  • Reviews and Continuous Improvement

Applications Engineers Oklahoma State University applications engineers work for the Manufacturing Alliance to provide on-site, one-on-one, focused engineering assistance and technology transfer services. It’s an effort to increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized rural Oklahoma manufacturers. OSU’s highly-trained applications engineers can tailor program services to fit the needs of individual companies. Most of the short-term assistance is provided free of charge. Applications engineers have the expertise to help manufacturers in areas of:

  • Process redesign
  • Equipment design
  • Failure analysis
  • Product testing
  • Product redesign
  • Plant layout
  • Facility design
  • Product development
State Incentives Manufacturing extension agents are trained by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to evaluate and determine eligibility for state incentives such as tax credits and sales tax exemptions. The Manufacturing Alliance offers all the free assistance you need to apply for the Quality Jobs incentive program, which gives qualifying Oklahoma companies tax rebates for expanding and creating new jobs. Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance provides interested businesses free one-on-one consultations and works with manufacturers through every step of the application process.