What is the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound?
"Helping Puget Sound manufacturers succeed through innovation, supply chain positioning and business development”
CAMPS is a resource center bringing together manufacturers, supply chain partners, pre-qualified business development specialists, and strategic partners.
CAMPS is a not-for-profit membership organization representing small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses working through strategic partnerships in the region.
The value of a CAMPS membership lies in the power associated with being part of a network of manufacturers, supply chain partners, business advisors, and strategic partners, all working together. CAMPS provides the connections to establish business relationships among members, share in a culture of innovation, and create supply chain development opportunities in emerging industries, technologies, and processes.
Supply Chain Positioning:
Matching buyers and suppliers - local networking and business matchmaking designed to help companies meet requirements and contract with large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their major suppliers. Programs will include “Meet the Buyers” Conferences and hosted events including keynote speakers from national and locally headquartered companies (e.g. Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Costco, Esterline, Fluke, Nordstrom, and REI).
- The Center will support its members’ capital formation activities through assistance in developing grant applications, arranging bank financing and through participation in such vehicles as Washington State Business Development Company (BDC) investment structures.
- Improved best practices
- CAMPS promises to bring cutting-edge business practices—and road-tested ideas—to our region. And we’ll be keeping it real. Everything CAMPS offers is based on a business plan that delivers results—not abstract theoreticals.
- Regional workforce development issues are significant. Employers surveyed in the feasibility study listed the availability of qualified workers as a key concern. CAMPS will serve as a conduit for information and funds and support workforce development efforts in partnership with other agencies and service organizations in the area. Public and private sector partnerships will be further explored to determine the best options to support CAMPS’ direction and the needs identified by its member firms.