The TMAC Metroplex program at The University of Texas at Arlington’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute (ARRI) celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday, October 15th with a reception for more than 100 at its Riverbend location. ARRI is a department within the College of Engineering.
The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, now known as TMAC, is the Texas affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership administered through the National Institute of Standards & Technology. (NIST/MEP) www.mep.nist.gov.
Launched in October, 1995 by then Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger as part of the City’s Strategy 2000 economic diversification initiative, TMAC’s 15th Anniversary was again acknowledged by Granger who currently serves as the member of Congress for the 12th District of Texas. Other speakers included TMAC Director, Drew Casani, UT Arlington President James Spaniolo, ARRI Director, Dr. Harry Stephanou and President of Williams-Pyro, Inc. and TMAC Board Chair Della Williams. Williams-Pyro, Inc. of Fort Worth has worked with TMAC on more than 50 projects since 1997.
TMAC works with businesses to increase productivity and profitable growth. Its mission is to grow the Texas economy by working with the extended manufacturing supply chain. Dozens of field specialists work hands-on with customers in a variety of industries on project implementations including Lean methods and techniques, quality management systems, process automation and IT, strategic solutions, environmental, health and safety as well as new product development, supplier scouting and more.
Third party customer surveys capturing the impact of TMAC services over the past 15 years have documented:
· 22,000 jobs retained or created
· $2.5 billion in new or retained sales
· $750 million in cost savings and cost avoidance
· $600 million investments in equipment, information systems and workforce development
Manufacturing Matters: Texas leads the nation in exporting with manufactured goods accounting for 93% of all Texas exports. The manufacturing sector also contributed $158.8 billion which is a 13% share of the state’s total economy during 2009.