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April 12, 2015 | Tom Ballard

UT CIS announces new Solutions Consultant for East Tennessee

UT CIS-teknoThe University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Service (UT CIS) has a new Solutions Consultant working with manufacturers in East Tennessee.

Michael Taylor, a former Vice President for the PetSafe Division of Radio Systems Corporation, succeeds Jim Slizewski who retired. His territory covers Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union Counties.

“The East Tennessee Solutions Consultant role is particularly important because of the region’s strong manufacturing base, outstanding economic development organizations, and world-class research and innovation assets including the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Paul Jennings, UT CIS Executive Director.

“Mike’s role is to reach out to East Tennessee manufacturers, take the time to understand each customer’s challenges and opportunities, and work closely with them to develop and implement appropriate solutions.  These solutions may include the range of UT CIS consulting and training services in performance improvement, regulatory compliance, growth and sustainability, as well as connections to University and other manufacturing expertise across the state and country.”

Taylor can be reached at or by phone at 865-974-2249.

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