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Allmand Named Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Direct
Nebraska Ag Connection - 05/14/2018

Matt Allmand, a recognized expert in industrial manufacturing, has been named director of the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

The Nebraska MEP at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln is the state's lead resource for manufacturing support and assistance. Leveraging relationships with specialists at the university and a network of external providers, Nebraska MEP offers an assortment of services to help manufacturers grow, compete and excel in a global marketplace.

Allmand brings over 25 years of experience to the position. His career in industrial manufacturing has progressed through production, purchasing, project management, lean manufacturing and company leadership.

"I am passionate about efficient manufacturing processes and I look forward to working with manufacturers across the state to identify opportunities for increased productivity and growth using resources from the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership," Allmand said.

Allmand's interest in manufacturing started at a young age while working at the Holdrege-based family business, Allmand Bros., Inc., which was a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality, portable job site equipment. Serving as president of the company, Allmand implemented numerous strategies to stabilize the company and increase profits. Allmand Bros. was acquired by Briggs & Stratton in 2014.

Allmand earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and currently serves on the advisory council for the UNK School of Business and Technology.

Nebraska MEP tailors unique plans to meet the specific goals and objectives of its clients. The end goal is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of manufacturers through a concerted effort to develop high caliber workers, foster product innovation, cultivate new customers and enter new markets. In 2017, Nebraska MEP interacted with more than 254 small and medium size manufacturing clients resulting in $2.2 million in new and retained sales, $2.6 million in cost savings and $628,701 in new client investments.

Nebraska MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership with centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Nebraska MEP, visit https://nemep.unl.edu/.

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