Matt Newman, Director of Business Management at Covanta, a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions, has been appointed to the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP.)
Newman will join a team of 10 manufacturing professionals nationwide chosen to provide advice and guidance to
NIST-MEP. The Advisory Board is expected to assist in identifying proactive actions that will enable small manufacturers to successfully address and implement changes in technology and the business environment in the future.
NIST-MEP is a public-private partnership coordinated by the U.S. Department of Commerce with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It’s dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers by enhancing productivity and technical performance. Last year, MEP Centers worked with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to $9.3 billion in new and retained sales and the creation of more than 86,602 high-wage jobs.
“Matt Newman is very passionate about the importance of manufacturing in our economy,” says Dave Rowland, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, a NIST-MEP affiliate. “We are honored to have him in this important role, serving the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Oklahoma and nationally.”
In his current position at Covanta, Newman is responsible for all business matters pertaining to the financial management and public affairs initiatives of Covanta Tulsa, an Energy-from-Waste facility which serves the City of Tulsa, neighboring communities and area businesses with a sustainable alternative to landfills, while producing clean, renewable energy. Newman is also charged with leading special projects which advance Covanta’s strategic growth strategy in the United States. An entrepreneur and “intrapreneur,” his career has focused on business development, turnaround projects, modernization initiatives and sustainability, leveraging and improving energy conversion assets, management of construction projects and mission-critical initiatives.
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is committed to building strong communities through sustainable, innovative manufacturing. Its services focus on improving the bottom line through concepts like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, while growing the entire company through new product development, strategic planning and expanded markets. Its unique alliance connects manufacturers to a vast network of local, state and national resources like NIST-MEP. For every one dollar invested in 2016, the Manufacturing Alliance generated $69 in new sales growth and $25 in new plant/equipment investment. Over the past four years, efforts have created and retained more than 6,100 high-wage jobs.