Last week’s program Mark Chalfant. CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). Mark talked how they are advancing manufacturing in the state of Kansas. MAMTC is one of the first seven Manufacturing Technology Centers (MTCs) in the United States, MAMTC was founded in 1991. MAMTC is now one of 51 centers serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the program because US manufacturers were facing growing global competition. Companies needed help as they slowly shifted from post-World War II manufacturing methodologies. Over the past two decades, MAMTC has established several offices in Kansas that provide manufacturing management consulting services to the statewide Kansas manufacturing community.