• Design, Prototype & Build at NPD Lab @ Boise State

    Boise State Mechanical Engineering Students Work with Engineers, Faculty & an Artist to Bring Ideas to Life. 

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    TechHelp Works to Keep Idaho Manufacturers at the Front of the Pack!

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  • Learn Lean w Gene & Impact Washington in Spokane Area

    TechHelp’s Gene Hamacher & Impact Washington to Offer LECP Program in Spokane Area.

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  • Melni Connected to Success

    Melni Connector Draws Interest from POTUS & Chosen as U.S. Manufacturer of the Month

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  • Implement Advanced Food & Dairy Processing Standards

    TechHelp’s Jeff Kronenberg Focuses on Safety, Quality & Efficiency to Help Idaho Food & Dairy Processors Grow.

     

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  • Operate With Excellence

    Dave O’Connell (L) and our E3 Operational Excellence Team helps Idaho Manufacturers, such as Burley’s Packaging Specialties Inc, Produce More Efficiently With Less Energy and Environmental Impact.

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  • Innovate & Grow

    Dr. Jay George and the G&I Team Help Companies Create, Communicate & Commercialize Ideas for New Products, Markets and Models That Drive Profitable Growth.

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  • Grow Export Markets

    Idaho Export Excellence Teams Discuss Global Strategies to Reach the 6.5 Billion Foreign Customers Who Hold 70% of the World’s Purchasing Power.

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    • TechHelp Executive Director, Steve Hatten

      Steve Hatten

      TechHelp Executive Director - Boise State COBE
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      Jay George

      Growth & Innovation Team Leader - Boise State COBE
    • Shelly Gillis

      Shelly Gillis

      Program Advisor - Boise State COBE
    • Business Manager, Robert Buel

      Robert Buel

      HQ Business Operations Manager - Boise State COBE
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      Bill Mullane

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      Bethany Martinez

      Business Process Champion - Boise State COBE
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      Jeff Kronenberg

      Food & Dairy Processing Team Leader - U of I, Boise
    • Paula Peterman

      Paula Peterman

      Food & Dairy Processing Team Member - U of I Boise
    • Dave O'Connell

      Dave O’Connell

      E3 Team Leader - Idaho State University College of Business - Pocatello
    • Gregg Lynde

      Gregg Lynde

      E3 Team Member - Boise State COBE
    • Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho.

      Gene Hamacher

      E3 Team Member - U of I Research Park, Post Falls
    • Calvin Allan

      Calvin Allan

      New Product Development Manager - NPD Lab - Boise State COEN
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      Blaise Lawless

      New Product Development Specialist - NPD Lab - Boise State COEN
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      Chris Brown

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      Seth Miley

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      Matthew Warnock

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      Blake Pachner

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      Jim Peterson

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  • Success Stories

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    • Usful Glassworks

      “I’m not an expert in manufacturing and I don’t have internally paid engineers to help solve manufacturing problems so I needed a resource that would truly listen to what we needed and then work with me on cost-effective solutions that would fit within my budget. Thank goodness TechHelp was there to help us when we needed it.”

      Carlyn Blake, Executive Director of Ūsful Glassworks
    • “Jeff and Heather did a great job of helping us meet our goal of becoming one of the few companies in our industry to be SQF 2000 Level II Certified for food-grade ingredient manufacturing, sanitation and distribution”.

      Phil Johnson, Chairman & CEO
      BHS Specialty Chemicals

      Phil Johnson, Chairman & CEO, BHS Specialty Chemicals
    • Rekluse Al 400

      Without TechHelp, Rekluse and the Z-Start Clutch would not exist.

      Al Youngwerth, Owner/Inventor/CEO, Rekluse Motorsports
    • The Melni Connector took shape as a series of prototypes.

      “I wonder what Tesla or Edison might have done with a resource like the TechHelp New Product Development Team at Boise State. Without this great resource, the Melni Connector would still be just an idea in my head. They’re knowledgeable and provide a range of unique services at a decent price. It’s been a pleasure working with them! The ONLY source for true innovation in bringing our invention to market is the TechHelp NPD Lab at Boise State.”

      Mark Melni, Inventor of the Melni Connector
    • “We appreciate all that TechHelp has done for us. Dave O’Connell has been a huge help! When we get this compressor system project behind us, we’ll have a conversation about lighting.”

      Nathan McMasters, President, Diversified Metal Products
    • “Export Excellence opened our eyes to what we didn’t know and caused us to build a long-term export plan for Rekluse. The expertise and support we receives is remarkable and the export resources available to us have exploded!”
      Joe DeGano, Sales & Marketing Manager
      Rekluse Motor Sport

      Joe DeGano, Sales & Marketing Manager, Rekluse Motor Sport
    • “As great as they were, I wonder what Tesla or Edison might have done with a resource like the TechHelp New Product Development Team at Boise State. The NPD Team has always been a great resource to me. Without them, the Melni Connector would still be just an idea in my head. They’re knowledgeable and can provide a range of unique services at a decent price. It’s been a pleasure working with them! Our product is disruptive and ‘out-of-the-box’ and we feel that the ONLY source for true innovation in bringing our idea (invention) to the market is TechHelp and the New Product Development Lab at Boise State.”

      Mark Melni, Owner, Melni Connector
    • “Besides the obvious things excellent Lean training can do, what stood out most was that the LECP training class was more like a boot camp. Old habits were stripped away and replaced with new and improved habits learned through the practical hands on training methods incorporated in the class.”

      Mark Cahill
      Co-founder, The Lancair Company (now a division of Cessna Aircraft Corporation)

      Mark Cahill Co-founder, The Lancair Company ( a division of Cessna Aircraft Corporation)
    • “Lean Manufacturing has given Standlee Hay the tools to ensure competitiveness in the marketplace. It really helps you think outside of the box.”

      Dusty Standlee, Chief Operating Officer, Standlee Hay
    • “Involving our core leaders and incorporating “hands on” real world lean projects with the classroom training was a great kick starter for us. And converted many non believers”

      Justin Wootan, Director of Operations, Quest Aircraft Company
    • “I was most impressed by TechHelp’s flexibility and willingness to work with us to meet our needs. By making use of TechHelp’s ability to rapidly produce and test prototypes, we were able to move quickly from about a 65% level of product satisfaction to about a 95% level.”

      Scott Soule, Corporate Engineer, Trus Joist
    • “We could have gone into shut down mode during the economic downturn but instead decided to pursue Lean initiatives that had been on the back burner for a while. Working with the TechHelp guys was great. By engaging our entire team, everyone felt a part of the improvement initiative which greatly improved morale.”

      Marty Artis, President, FAMCO
    • “As a lone inventor, I rely on TechHelp for the tools, knowledge and expertise needed to bring my ideas to life. The TechHelp NPD team at Boise State is fast, friendly, effective and affordable. The diverse team includes mechanical engineers, student engineers, and even an artist who bring lots of energy and original ideas to any project.”

      Rick Anson, CEO, NUTRA-LIFE Inc.
    • “The ExporTech Program gave us the time and resources needed to really focus on and succeed at export planning. Instead of just responding to random requests, we were able to analyse the entire world and proactively choose where, why and how we wanted to expand.”

      Steve Hanks, Owner & Co-Founder, High Country Fusion Company
    • “We are thrilled with what TechHelp has done for us. On our own it would have taken us years getting to where we now are. TechHelp came in and helped us get there in months. We saved more in our first 60 days than our entire investment, our employees are now on a profit-sharing program, and we’ve been able to shelve plans we had for a new factory. Thanks to TechHelp and the lean manufacturing approach, our current facility will suffice for the next five years with 40% growth per year.”

      Lynn Harker, CEO, Woodland Furniture
    • “TechHelp has been working with us over the last 6 months. Most of their help has centered on implementing lean manufacturing methods in our company. This process has required educating us on lean principles, analyzing our processes, and transforming our manufacturing activities into lean work centers and organizing the shop around products instead of processes. Their help in the implementation phase has and continues to exceed our expectations.”

      Herb Minatre, President, Bay Shore Systems
    • ““TechHelp has actual, practical experience in implementing lean programs. While I knew about 5S, I had never gone through practical implementation of the program. TechHelp was able to provide the leadership and the resources to take group and me through the process. I would certainly recommend them.”

      Dean Hearst
      Plant Manager

      Dean Hearst, Plant Manager, Bigelow Tea
    • “Prior to TechHelp, Selkirk’s mass production mentality toward manufacturing led to plant inefficiencies and cost control issues that troubled our new ownership team. TechHelp helped Selkirk develop increased focus and attention to the principles of lean manufacturing that allowed us to make improvements in efficiency and cost control envisioned by management.””

      Kevin Redd, Manufacturing Engineer and Lean Champion, Selkirk Metalbestos
    • “TechHelp’s NPD team has been very instrumental in providing TenXsys Inc. with prototypes and small production runs for a variety of devices. Kevin Haight and Steve Hatten have not only been responsive to our extremely tight schedules, they’ve consistently delivered high quality parts and excellent service. On top of that, they’ve been very competitive with pricing. TechHelp plays a big part in our ability to hit customer shipments.”

      Joe Savola, TenXsys, Inc., R&D Director
    • “This was the best training I have seen for manufacturing companies. They helped us to implement the training through several “kaizen blitzes” or intense weeklong implementation projects. TechHelp trained some of our people to facilitate our own kaizen blitzes. Our employees are now making significant progress in eliminating waste and improving quality and efficiency throughout the company.”

      Kent Banner
      General Manger
      Spudnik Equipment Company

      Kent Banner, General Manger, Spudnik Equipment Company
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