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CAVS Extension work published as national case study

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A federal agency has cited Mississippi State University's work with a defense contractor as a national example.

Earlier this week, MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Office was notified that the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program published a national case study about CAVS Extension's work with Navistar Defense at the company's plant in West Point.

CAVS Extension director Clay Walden believes that it is the first ever national case study from NIST-MEP.

"I am remain exceedingly proud of the accomplishment of Glenn Dennis and the larger CAVS Extension team and grateful for the ongoing recognition. I also appreciate the work of Dr. Jay Tice, Executive Director of MEP.ms, in working with NIST-MEP in order to publish this case study," Walden wrote in an email to the Maroon Research blog.

Here are a few more details about the project from a Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi press release:

The MEP.ms MSU CAVS-E team supported Navistar's military vehicle initiative by designing and implementing the plant's production system, providing advanced planning and support of more than 12 new vehicle launches as well as developing quality manufacturing engineering support to local and regional suppliers.

Because of the success of Navistar's MRAP phase of the military project, at peak production, more than 1,000 people were employed during a period when the West Point community had been hard hit by recession and lay-offs from another major manufacturer.

Most significantly, the production of the MRAPs reduced the casualty rate of U.S. military by 84 percent. In 2009, 149 lives were saved by MRAPs.

A copy of the study is available from MEP.ms by clicking here.

For more information about Mississippi State's work with Navistar, see these news releases from University Relations:

"MSU innovations focus paying dividends, more to come," Sept. 16, 2011

"CAVS Extension at MSU takes top national award," Dec. 14, 2010

"MSU CAVS Extension's work in West Point recognized," Aug. 18. 2010

"MSU-based CAVS providing diverse assistance to state industries," March 16, 2010

"MSU engineers help launch armored vehicle plant in West Point," Feb. 9, 2006

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