From offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello, TechHelp Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.

Gene Hamacher

Manufacturing Specialist – U of I Research Park, Post Falls
Office Phone: (208) 449-8053


Gene Hamacher is a TechHelp Manufacturing Specialist based at the University of Idaho Research Park in Post Falls. He is offering assistance to Idaho manufactures across northern Idaho from the Canadian border south into the Lewiston area.

Most recently, Gene was an Instructor at DeVry University where he taught online courses on Production Control Methods and Lean Manufacturing/JIT. He was also an Instructor for ITT Educational Services, Inc. where he taught classes on Business Management, Project Management, Mathematics & Problem Solving, and Electronics. At Lane Community College, Gene provided classes and advising for small business owners and focused primarily on agricultural businesses and production processes. Gene was Director of Support Services at Triumph Composite Systems; a $70m production facility. Gene started his career at Boeing in Spokane as a Senior Production Manager responsible for leading and managing Production Operations, Maintenance, and Technical support organizations.


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Blog Posts

Dr. Janna Hamlett on Determining Sanitation Effectiveness with a Robust Environmental Monitoring Program

A sanitation program is a key component of any food processor’s or food handler’s food safety plan. A well-written and well-executed sanitation program can mitigate, or reduce to an acceptable level, all three classifications of hazards (microbiological, chemical, and physical) in a hazard analysis. Sanitation is one of the four preventive controls (process controls, allergen, sanitation, and others) in the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Sanitation has long been a major prerequisite program for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Consequently, it is imperative that the sanitation program be functioning and performing according to expectations.

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TechHelp is Hiring a Manufacturing Specialist

TechHelp Job Opening – Manufacturing Specialist at the University of Idaho

TechHelp, Idaho’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, is seeking a talented and creative Manufacturing Specialist for our Northern and North Central Idaho region.  In this role, you will drive business growth and manage technical and training services for Idaho manufacturers.  The Manufacturing Specialist will develop relationships with client company leadership to provide consulting in operational excellence, advanced manufacturing, business management, and growth strategies.  As a TechHelp Manufacturing Specialist, you will work in a fun and fast-paced team environment and be a part of the rich history of the University of Idaho.

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