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Tennessee MEP works to achieve manufacturing excellence across the State of Tennessee. Funded through the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, TN MEP delivers technical assistance in the form of training and consulting to medium- and small-sized manufacturers. TN MEP, housed within the UT Center Industrial Services, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute​ for Public Service, leverages university resources, government relationships, and economic development partnerships to provide excellence in training, consulting, and customer service.

TN MEP’s expertise runs deep. Experienced engineers, business professionals, SMEs, and qualified instructors all work in unison to create value for the customer day in and day out. TN MEP’s nine Solutions Consultants​ work directly with businesses to provide assistance with process improvement, technology acceleration, workforce development, and business and leadership management.

TN MEP focuses on creating value and strengthening manufacturers’ competitiveness by boosting growth, improving productivity, reducing costs, and increasing capacity through customized and hands-on Solutions and implementation. TN MEP empowers Tennessee’s manufacturers. 


Leadership &

​​Workforce Development

Supply Chain &

Supplier Development

Lean Tools &

Implementation Assistance

Toyota Kata

Technology Acceleration

Training Within Industry

Quality Systems

Six Sigma

C​ore Tools


Business Continuity


MEP Team

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Our Solutions Consultant team represents Tennessee’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and all other CIS programs by providing a variety of services for small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers and businesses across all 95 counties, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing.

This team also works with partners at the state and federal levels on manufacturing excellence programs that put manufacturers in a position to develop new customers, expand into new markets, adopt new technology and create new products.

​​​Jennifer Hagan-​​Dier
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Solutions Consultant Team Leader

Solutions Consultant​​ 


Northern Middle Tennessee (5)

Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson 


Michael Codega

Solutions Consultant


Memphis (1)

Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton 

Gordon Reed
Solutions Consultant


Upper Cumberland (6)

Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White

​​George Aslinger
Southeast Tennessee (7)
Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatc
Northwest Tennessee (3)
Benton, Carrol, Crocket, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley​​

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Bill Hicks
East Tennessee (8) 
Anderson, Blount, Campbe​ll, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union

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Northeast Tennessee (9)
Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington​