Jim Wright, vice president of operations for US-based Proof Research, a company that designs and manufactures carbon fiber composite firearms for military and commercial applications, has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board (NIST MEP).

NIST MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP centers interacted with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to US$9.3 billion in new and retained sales, US$1.4 billion in cost savings, US$3.5 billion in new client investments, and the creation and retention of more than 86,602 jobs.

 ‘NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps lead and define the United States as a world leader in manufacturing,’ Wright said. ‘I am truly humbled by the diversity and experience of the existing board members and am very excited about the opportunity to work within this team to advance manufacturing in the United States.’

This story uses material from NIST MEPwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.