The Alabama E3 Program is a coordinated technical assistance initiative that assists manufacturers to increase profits and strengthen their future by implementing efficient production processes, reducing all wastes, lowering costs, growing jobs and driving innovation.
The E3 program began as a federal initiative of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration to support manufacturing leadership through sustainability.
In Fall of 2009, the Alabama Technology Network, along with representatives from federal, state and local organizations met together to consider the formation of an Alabama E3 program. With an understanding of the purpose of E3 and some funding already in place that could be leveraged to support E3, the Alabama E3 initiative was formed.
On May 26, 2010, then Governor of Alabama Bob Riley, Alabama E3 partners, other invited guests, and the media met at the Mercedes-Benz's training center in Vance to celebrate a Charter Signing Ceremony formally establishing the Alabama E3 initiative.