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Manufacturing Talk Radio is a weekly Talk Radio Podcast broadcast to manufacturers of all sizes across the globe. Show host, Lew Weiss, and co-host, Tim Grady, present breaking manufacturing news and tackle business trends and economic forecasts in manufacturing for small, medium and large manufacturers across the globe.


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Episode 239: Find Out How MEP’s Help Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers

Guest Jennifer Hagan-Dier, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Director at the University of Tennessee explains how MEP’s support manufacturers “from the  front door to the back door, the C-suite to the plant floor”. Host Lew Weiss gets all the details important to any manufacturer.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Jennifer Hagan-Dier

Jennifer Hagan-Dier joined UT CIS as the Director of the Tennessee NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (TMEP) Program in 2013. With a statewide outreach network including nine Solutions Consultants and access to partners and resources with unrivaled business and technical expertise in manufacturing and economic development, no other organization in Tennessee is as capable of providing small and medium-sized manufacturers in Tennessee with the flexible, client-focused consultative services necessary to accelerate and strengthen their growth and competitive position in the global marketplace as TMEP.

In 2015, Hagan-Dier led the successful proposal for the TMEP Program in the first round of the national re-competition of the NIST MEP network resulting in a $3.6 million increase in federal funding and reorganization of the TMEP Program. In the past year, under Hagan-Dier’s leadership, TMEP developed two pilot projects generating over $1.9 million in additional funding for UT CIS and expanded service offerings to focus on workforce development and technology acceleration. Hagan-Dier has extensive experience in economic and community development and incentives, client and project management, business development, strategic planning, and outreach. As the Director of the TMEP Program, Hagan-Dier is responsible for constructing the vision of TMEP and ensuring its financial viability through strategic planning, implementation and partnership development.

Through her work on the UT CIS and TMEP leadership teams, Hagan-Dier works to promote the importance of the manufacturing sector and expand the awareness of UT CIS’s capabilities throughout Tennessee and across the country. Hagan-Dier also manages UT CIS’s connection to the NIST MEP national system and its nationwide network of industry resources. In this role, Hagan-Dier serves as a member of the NIST MEP Brand Council and a member of the Education and Workforce Working Groups for LIFT and MForesight.

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