The CME is dedicated to improving and increasing manufacturing opportunities not only in Mississippi but also across America. We are dedicated because we believe that manufacturing is good for Mississippi and good for the United States of America. Data from multiple economic studies have shown that manufacturing has the largest multiplier effect of any industry in America. The multiplier effect describes the total economic benefit afforded to a community for every dollar spent in an industry. For every dollar of manufactured goods sold, $1.33 in output is seen in surrounding industries.
You may have read or heard that manufacturing jobs are the key to a large and healthy middle class in America. You may have also heard that manufacturing jobs have left America and are not coming back. The Center for Manufacturing Excellence believes that one of these statements is true and the other is demonstrably false. Modern manufacturing is a high-tech endeavor that enlists the talents of dozens of specialties to make a single product. These jobs not only provide a good salary but the number of jobs available has increased significantly every year since 2009.
Manufacturers need to meet consumer demands and thus has increased the need to make products closer to where their customers are located. Manufacturers that make products in the United States have found they are able to react to trends faster and ship products more efficiently. Further, manufacturers are using ever more sophisticated manufacturing techniques that require a higher level of skilled worker. The CME is designed specifically to produce these highly skilled Engineers, Accountants and Business persons.
Manufacturing has always been a part of the Mississippi story. While the state has been known for its productive efforts in agriculture and its surrounding businesses, manufacturing has also been a source of great pride for the magnolia state.
The manufacturing sector continues to grow rapidly throughout Mississippi. Whether that growth can be attributed to attracting new manufacturing companies to relocate within its borders or because existing manufacturing partners continually expand their production efforts, the CME is well positioned to participate in that growth as a partner.
The CME is working diligently to honor that manufacturing legacy by continuing to develop young people into competent professionals who not only understand that legacy but wish to build upon it and by offering extension services designed to improve the overall health of manufacturing throughout our home state.
Manufacturing is a community effort. The benefits that high quality jobs bring from a well-respected company within a community are well documented throughout Mississippi. We stress the importance of having a healthy respect for the communities throughout Mississippi that share in their future with some of the most technologically advanced manufacturing companies throughout the world.
Our students, whether from California or Caledonia, are taught to understand that they must have a mind for making continuous improvements not only in their respective companies but also within the communities they call home. Organizationally, the CME continuously looks for ways to impact our community with the same sense of responsibility.
Either through our K-12 programs like “Make It Mississippi” or our affiliation with not-for-profit organizations with strong scholarship development, the CME is purposeful in leading the way for positive community involvement. We are excited to see how manufacturing grows within many communities throughout Mississippi and beyond, as well as the positive impacts that growth has on the people who live there.
The CME is actively involved in working with local economic development organizations like the Oxford/Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Foundation. However, the CME has also given presentations to these kinds of organizations around the state in an effort to provide information that might be useful to the attraction of new businesses, manufacturers, and other job-creating opportunities. This kind of collaboration reinforces the CME’s commitment to partnering with Mississippi’s communities as they seek to grow.
The CME is actively planning the development of a “maker space” to be included within its facility. The space will allow for CME students, students from other programs within the University, as well as private citizens to pursue their creative and entrepreneurial goals. Though the plans have not been finalized, this new creative space will provide state-of-the-art technology, rudimentary tools, and technical assistance in the development of ideas that may develop into new products, or even new business concepts. The CME “maker-space” will reflect Mississippi’s creative spirit and support its students in their pursuit of new ideas.
Associate Director of External Operations
CME Building Room 218