Covid Resources for Arkansas Manufacturers

The MEP COVID Assistance Project (MCAP) is a Grant Program from AEDC Manufacturing Solutions (AEDC MS) providing limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of COVID related assessments to Arkansas manufacturers in the areas of Healthy Workplace, CyberSecurity, Supply Chain and Technology.

MCAP grant awards are made to the Company. The company selects the resource provider who must possess the capability to assess compliance and implementation needs and transfer it to a specific Arkansas manufacturer.

The company will work with the resource provider to complete all questions on the application form. The resource provider agrees to provide the stated services to the enterprise and the enterprise agrees to respond to up to two post-project surveys within 24 months from the project’s completion. The surveys are necessary to document the results and impacts of the project to AEDC stakeholders. The applicant should not submit any confidential or proprietary information unless so marked. The company is required to submit a final project completion report to AEDC MS no later than 30 days after completion of the project. The company completes the MCAP completion report AEDC MS then pays the company and the company reimburses the third-party provider.

In order to leverage limited grant funds to the greatest extent possible, the total maximum funding available is $5,000 per project. The program will pay 100% of the cost for the assessment up to the maximum limit.

All MCAP Applications will be reviewed by the AEDC MS MCAP Review Committee for compliance. Once approved an email will be sent to the company acknowledging it is okay to start work.

How can you get started?

We contacted AEDCMS with the intent to train new employees and refresh some of our older employees on the fundamentals of Lean Mfg. As a result we have reduced our overtime hours to 9% with the goal of 5% or less still in reach.   We are very excited here at Cram-A-Lot® about seeing this project come together and achieving our company goals while expanding the use of Kata and other Lean principles throughout our organization.

Jeff Givens – JV Manufacturing