The Kentucky-based startup MakeTime recently announced the launch, and participating industry partners, of the MakeTime Shop Advantage Program. MakeTime’s Shop Advantage program is designed to make technology, hardware and business services more accessible to the US manufacturing base, which contributes more than $2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually.
“Partnering with MakeTime on their newly-launched Shop Advantage Program makes a lot of sense,” said Jeff Rizzie, director of digital machining for Sales Area Americas at Sandvik Coromant. “We are both focused on driving out the waste that exists in today’s manufacturing supply chains. Providing easy access to Sandvik Coromant’s industry leading metal cutting solutions and know-how through the MakeTime platform enables their suppliers to provide world class machining services.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with MakeTime,” said Robert Yancey, director of manufacturing industry strategy and business development at Autodesk. “The Shop Advantage Program provides Autodesk with a great opportunity to expose the industry to the latest manufacturing software and technology to help MakeTime’s supplier network solve their current business challenges and further their capabilities in manufacturing.”
“We are excited to partner with MakeTime and offer our technology products and solutions to their supplier network,” said Mobolaji Sokunbi, head of strategic partnerships, North America Small Business with Dell. “We believe that this partnership will make Dell technology products and solutions more accessible to MakeTime suppliers, making it easier for the US manufacturing base to grow faster.”
Todd Pritts, chief product officer at MakeTime, said that manufacturers have historically experienced barriers to adopting new technologies and processes. MakeTime’s program will help machine shops bridge the technology gap faster and facilitate a more productive American manufacturing workforce, he said. “MakeTime’s mission has always been to refuel U.S. manufacturing. We started by building technology that makes it easier for manufacturers to get parts made with American suppliers,” said Pritts. “Now we can go one step further and provide American suppliers access to the tools they need to get ahead, and stay ahead, of the technology curve in the global manufacturing climate.”
Through the program, machine shops will be given access to special offerings for cutting tools, CAD/CAM software, computer hardware, CNC machine tool and manufacturing equipment financing and more.
The Shop Advantage Program is exclusive to qualified members of MakeTime’s network of over 1000 US-based machine shops. All machine shops based in the US are eligible for qualification when they create a free account on MakeTime.