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MEP’s mission is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing, in partnership with other organizations. Its strength is in its collaborations with partners that share its passion: a commitment to fostering the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. As the U.S. adapts to rapidly changing global dynamics, MEP’s partnerships expand to meet evolving needs.
MEP partners with a diverse array of individual organizations. It works with federal agencies to inform small to mid-sized manufacturers (SMEs) and provide them access to technology and resources. It collaborates with professional and trade associations to create training programs and share resources. And it has a network of over 2,800 other affiliate partners – with expertise in workforce and economic development, technical applications, and manufacturing and business processes – to deliver additional support to manufacturers.
MEP is also an invaluable partner in a wide range of government initiatives launched to support U.S. manufacturing. In response to intensifying global competition, these efforts involve collaborations of stakeholders pooling their resources to strengthen U.S. manufacturing in a variety of ways: promoting innovation and tech transfer, encouraging clusters and reshoring, and more.
As partners in consortia, MEP centers contribute ground level support. MEP has a nation-wide network of 440 offices – at least one in every state and Puerto Rico – with a staff of 1,300 specialists in business and manufacturing working directly with nearly 30,000 manufacturers each year. MEP centers bring a range of technical tools and services that can be offered to manufacturers, while also providing partner organizations a valuable bridge to the manufacturing community. Centers:
The following are just a few examples of MEP’s extensive support of efforts that foster manufacturing growth at the federal, state, and local levels:
|In support of federal initiatives such as those related to advanced manufacturing, technology transfer, supply chain, and sustainability, local MEP centers are involved in regional consortia, providing ground-level support:|
|Through partnerships, MEP supports programs that encourage reshoring:|
|Increasing exports is a priority at every level of government. MEP’s successful program is built on a partnership with an extensive array of export assistance organizations:|
|Promoting the image of manufacturing to encourage public support and interest in careers in manufacturing is a federal initiative. In response, NIST/MEP funds a program that is highly successful because of its collaborations:|
|MEP centers collaborate on numerous state initiatives to grow manufacturing and manufacturing jobs:|
|MEP is partnering to serve non-traditional segments such as the Maker Movement (artisan-scale manufacturing often spurred by innovative technologies such as additive manufacturing):|