OCAST SUPPORT FOR MANUFACTURERS
What is OCAST’s Support for Manufacturers?
OCAST’s support for manufacturers includes R&D funding, investment capital and technical services through a contract with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (OMA). The OMA is a not-for-profit corporation that helps small- and medium-sized Oklahoma manufacturers become progressively more successful in their marketplace. OCAST is proud to sponsor this premier manufacturing assistance organization which, in addition to state funding through OCAST, is also sponsored by federal, Career-Tech, Higher-Ed and private funds to provide hands-on assistance.
Why Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance?
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance establishes a valuable partnership among small and large manufacturers, business leaders, education and government to share ideas, explore resources and work together to advance manufacturing in the state.
Smaller manufacturers: The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance delivers much-needed hands-on services – everything from educational programs, trade leads and data analysis to assistance in taking the first step toward achieving certifications for manufacturing excellence.
Larger firms: The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance plays a vital role by serving as a forum to meet and discuss common problems and opportunities and by creating a constantly improving local supplier base that boosts the companies' quality and dependability.
Perhaps the most valuable benefit of the Manufacturing Alliance is its statewide network of Manufacturing Extension Agents who help manufacturers in their region become more productive and competitive. Oklahoma's small- and medium-sized manufacturers must stay competitive to survive. To this end, the Manufacturing Alliance is committed to helping companies implement change in five crucial areas:
- Technology: using advanced materials, equipment and processes to modernize and meet global standards
- Marketing: spreading manufacturers' messages and capabilities to new local, national and global markets using research, analysis and planning, brochures and trade shows
- Human Resources: reorganizing work to improve effectiveness and develop new occupational technical and problem-solving skills for managers, office staff and front-line production workers
- Finances: financial planning and securing financing for training, technology and market expansion
- Inter-firm Collaboration: managing relationships to create market opportunities and expanding production capabilities and learning systems
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is an affiliate of the nationwide Manufacturing Extension Partnership and has been cited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as "Best Practice" among MEP organizations.
How to Engage the Services of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance?
Contact the OMA
Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
525 South Main Street, Suite 210
Tulsa, OK 74103