Changing the Workplace and Communities

In an average year, Manex completes approximately 100 projects for about 85 Northern California manufacturing companies.

All projects are either workforce-focused or have elements of workforce training. Training and advisory work at Manex impacts both the professional and the personal lives of trainees. It brings greater skills, and greater income and opportunities for them and their employers.

Manex Services Impact California Manufacturers

Sharing the stories of some of our clients’ employees and what our work means to them.

Heath Ceramics

Manex provided Heath Ceramics with both Lean and Leadership training, lowering costs, smoothing production, and providing communications and leadership tools to the dedicated workforce.


Manex provided UMEC ISO 9001 consulting and training in Quality Management and later upgrades to ISO 9001: 2015. Manex also provided essential training on the 5 S’s: Sort, Straighten, Sweep, Standardize, and Sustain to increase productivity, improve safety, reduce waste, and improve team morale.


Manex provided Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement consulting and training to AGA as well as a modular Team Leadership program.


Since 2013. Manex has partnered with VPE to train and advise the company and its employees. This includes collaborating on 12 different major projects focused on Strategic Growth, Operational Excellence, and Quality.

Rolling 4 Quarters of Independently Measured Impacts

To help small and mid-sized manufacturers become globally competitive, Fors Marsh Group (FMG) partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to measure the impact of manufacturing growth on regional economies in the United States.

FMG designed a comprehensive research program that included developing an impact survey to measure the growth of manufacturing companies in NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. The results of the survey conducted by FMG helped determine that specific metrics reported by client manufacturers need to be more competitive in the global marketplace. Below are four quarters of those Manex metrics as independently gathered and measured by FMG. These impact the individual employee as well as owners and leaders in Northern California manufacturers.






Jobs Created &





Manufacturers in California provide a measurable impact on the state’s economy. They also are a reliable source of employment and workforce development.

Manex Supports California Manufacturing

Manex was established in 1995 to provide services to small and mid-size manufacturers in Northern California. Manex operates through a cooperative agreement between the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the Department of Commerce. Manex is a part of the CMTC California Manufacturing Network.

Manex’s team of manufacturing experts provides a range of services to improve a company’s performance and ROI, including workforce training and development, Lean, Kaizen, ISO and more.

Increased Engagement • Better Communication • Enhanced Quality • Lower Costs

Impact of Manufacturing in the U.S. Economy

Manufacturing is an essential component of gross domestic product, which was $2.33 trillion in 2018, and drove 11.6% of U.S. economic output, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Manufactured goods comprise half of U.S. exports.

Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.89 in business growth in other supporting sectors, including retailing, transportation, and business services.

Manufacturing adds value to the power of the U.S. economy.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States has:


manufacturing jobs,
which employs


of the workforce,
and pays


more than other jobs

MEP National Network™ Delivers Value for Manufacturers


Jobs Created
or Retained


in New and Retained Sales


in Total Investment in U.S. Manufacturing


in Savings

How Can Manex Help Your Company

Learn how Manex has made a positive impact on hundreds of California manufacturers and how we can help your company. Call 925-807-5100 or email