About Utah-MEP

The Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (Utah-MEP) is the premier provider of manufacturing improvement services in Utah. We implement proven solutions that produce measurable results. Our all-star team of coaches, practitioners, and industry experts have one purpose: Help Utah Manufacturers Grow and Thrive.

The Utah-MEP Alliance wants to leverage these processes and identify your unique challenges and opportunities to make your company more profitable and a better place to work.

Every manufacturing client requires a customized approach focusing on their specific obstacles to growth and profitability. Whatever the need, UTAH-MEP offers the tools, expertise, and flexibility to engage with manufacturers and rural businesses at all levels.

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Utah-MEP Story

In 2020, the Utah-MEP Alliance (Utah-MEP) was formed to help Utah manufacturers succeed like never before. Utah-MEP Alliance brings together the strongest manufacturing improvement groups in Utah combined with university resources, government relationships, and economic development partnerships to provide excellence in training, consulting, and customer service. This approach helps us reduce your business’s costs, improve productivity, and increase capacity. Each partner brings a unique set of offerings to improve manufacturing in Utah.

We can help you connect with this unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

The Power of The MEP National Network

Funded through Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Utah-MEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Utah. The MEP Program is a network of over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at more than 450 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to the resources they need to succeed. This partnership range of resources to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers identify and accelerate growth and competitiveness. As a public-private partnership, the MEP Program delivers a high return on investment to taxpayers. To learn more, view the Annual Report.

Our Team

The Alliance includes manufacturing experts, application engineers, and research professionals from the top manufacturing organizations and universities, with offices in local communities throughout the state

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Alex Adema

Advisory Board Member

Brian Anderson

Reg. Director, Client Solutions

Chase Anderson

Industry & PR Manager


Director of Global Business Services

Cody Ballantyne

General Manager

Catherine Bennett

Marketing Director

Todd Bingham


Steve Black

Center Director

Cathy Blomquist

Services Manager


Creative Director

Shanon Brown

Sr. Accountant

Eric Burton

Lean Manufacturing Consultant

Jonathon Call

Vice President Operations


Accounting Manager

Richard Crosbie

Connex Utah Business Consultant


Administrative Assistant

Joshua Davis

Director of Workplace Safety

Andrew Deceuster

Assistant Professor

Austin Emery

Business Development Specialist

Forrest Fackrell

Reg. Director, Client Solutions

Craig Gygi

Board Member


Industry Ops Coordinator

Win Jeanfreau

Managing Director/CEO

Mike Jensen

Advisory Board Member

Melissa Larsen

Director of Marketing

Tulinda Larsen

Executive Director

Bill Lee

Regional Director of Client Solutions

Guy Letendre

Deputy Director

Blake Merrell

Advisory Board Member

Martin Moore

Workforce Development Manager


Chief Financial Officer


Transformation Partner

Jared Nielson

Reg. Director, Client Solutions

Rick Papworth

Managing Director/CFO

Robin Patfield

Director of Operations

Stephen Reed



Community Outreach Director

Kendrey Shaw

Office and Sales Support

Steve Silvester

Client Solutions

Aaron Starks

CEO, Utah Aerospace & Defense

Stacy Ungricht

Office Manager

Bryant Vasquez

Cybersecurity Consultant


Sr. Solutions Advisor


Director of Workforce Development