A Community Forum is scheduled for Vernon Parish manufacturers 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Lamar Salter Campus. It is located at 15014 Lake Charles Highway, Leesville. The event is free to attend.

In September 2017, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of

Louisiana) was awarded a $1 million two-year grant through the United States Department of Commerce.The funds will be used for manufacturing clients in the following 12 disaster-declared parishes: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine,Vermilion, and Vernon. The MEP of Louisiana will help identify obstacles keeping affected manufacturers from returning to normal operations and help them develop plans to recover.

The Louisiana Hurricane Harvey Manufacturing Disaster Assessment Program was awarded to help the MEP of Louisiana identify and provide recovery support to small and medium-sized manufacturers who are suffering from physical damage to their facilities, labor shortages, and other disruptions caused by the storm and flooding.

The MEP of Louisiana will help identify obstacles keeping affected manufacturers from returning to normal operations and help them develop plans to recover.

The MEP of Louisiana is a partner of the National Institute of Standards and Technology as well as a national network of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships based in every state. The MEP of Louisiana is operated by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and provides a full range of services to manufacturers, including growth and cost-reduction strategies, website development and branding, process and quality improvement, engineering and prototyping, facility layout, and leadership training. All activities are focused on increasing productivity, profitability, and manufacturing success. A key mission of the MEP of Louisiana is to connect manufacturers to workforce development services offered by the 13 LCTCS colleges located in every region of the state.