Source: UT CIS &  | Release, Tom Ballard  | May 10, 2020

The University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) has announced two opportunities for manufacturers.

  • The organization’s Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness team is available to provide virtual consultations to discuss strategies and plans for creating implementing customized COVID-19 preparedness plans at no cost. Those interested in learning more should contact UT CIS Safety and Preparedness Manager Walter Idol or Occupational Safety and Health Act Consultant Bryan Lane. Click here for more information.
  • UT CIS also expects to receive limited funding soon under the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” better known as CARES. With the funding, will be able to help a limited number of manufacturers in areas such as back-to-work safety planning, supply chain risk mitigation, workforce systems, and process improvement. See below for more information.


From UT CIS:

The UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) will receive federal CARES Act funding to expand services to manufacturers. In the coming weeks, UT CIS will directly contact over 1,500 manufacturers across the state to gather information on the impact of COVID-19 on operations, workforce, sales and needs.

As we speak with the companies, we’ll identify their technical assistance needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  UT CIS will use CARES funding to provide these services to a limited number of manufacturers at no cost to them.  Potential services could include: back-to-work safety planning, supply chain risk mitigation, workforce systems, process improvement, and other topics that address specific company needs.

“Manufacturing is more important than ever during these challenging times.  We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to help manufacturers adopt proven business solutions and keep their workforce safe,” says UT CIS executive director Paul Jennings.

UT CIS is receiving CARES Act funding because of our longstanding partnership with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  UT CIS has housed Tennessee’s MEP since 1994.

If you’re interested in participating in the “CIS Cares” program, please contact your regional Solutions Consultant.