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Dave Stieren
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(301) 975-3197

Samm Bowman
samm@nist.gov
(301) 975-5978

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What is Next Generation Transportation Supply Chain?

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Commerce (DOC) formed a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. Suppliers through transportation investments. Learn More...


Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturers in the Next Generation Transportation Supply Chain

Many large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), both domestic and foreign, have committed to focus on identifying and developing a domestic supply base to support public transit in the U.S., specifically, in conjunction with the implementation of domestic buying preference requirements and grant programs operating in all agencies of the DOT. Providing forums to manufacturers like the Next Generation Supply Chain Connectivity forums will help manufacturers connect with large OEMs and find out what opportunities are out there and see how they could be part of the domestic supply chain for U.S. Transportation.

The following are participating agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation providing U.S. manufacturers with opportunities to enter the transportation industry.

 

 

 

 

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Federal Railroad Administration

 

In February 2012, NIST MEP and DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) executed an Interagency Agreement (IAA) for the identification and development of a domestic supply base for high speed and intercity passenger rail transportation in the United States.  In conjunction with this IAA, and a subsequent modification to the IAA that was executed in June 2012. The FRA is proactively seeking to create awareness of potential railroad supplier opportunities. The objective is to maximize compliance and minimize waiver requests to the DOT seeking an exemption of the Buy America provisions associated with the project awards based upon the "nonavailability" exception to the provisions which claim that the iron, steel, or relevant manufactured good is not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality.

 

Supply Chain Forums

In 2012 MEP hosted five Next Generation Supply Chain Connectivity Forums. The objective of the forums was to bring large carbuilders and OEMs together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers to facilitate reaching the goal of 100% domestic content in railcars that will be funded by state and federal dollars.  These one day forums included representatives from federal and state agencies, local economic development agencies, rail car builders and associated OEMs, and U.S manufacturers who could potentially be their suppliers.  To view information on past forums Click here.

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Federal Transit Administration

In July 2013, NIST MEP and DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) executed an Interagency Agreement to maximize nationwide compliance with Buy America provisions associated with FTA funded commuter rail (including regional and high speed), heavy rail (including subways and metros), light rail (including rapid, streetcar, interurban (operating on the general freight railroads), trolleys and circulators), and bus (including express coach, rapid, local, and circulators). The FTA is proactively seeking to create awareness of potential transit supplier opportunities. The objective is to maximize compliance and minimize waiver requests to the DOT seeking an exemption of the Buy America provisions associated with the project awards based upon the "nonavailability" exception to the provisions which claim that relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States.


 

Buy American Transit Supply Chain Webinar
Recording is now available for the Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Webcast On Wednesday, March 5th, the NIST MEP Make it in America Supplier Scouting Team in conjunction with the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conducted a webcast to provide an introduction to the important collaboration between the DOT FTA and NIST MEP that’s focuses on the development of a more robust domestic supply base in the U.S. for transit applications.  You’ll hear about this partnership and what supply chain assistance is available to you through the nationwide network of MEP Centers. For information contact Samm Bowman 301-975-5978

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Supply Chain Forums

In 2014 MEP will host two Next Generation Supply Chain Connectivity Forums. The objective of these forums is to bring large OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers to maximize nationwide compliance with Buy America provisions associated with the FTA funded commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, and bus projects. These one day forums will include representatives from federal and state agencies, local economic development agencies, associated OEMs, and U.S manufacturers who could potentially be their suppliers.

Past Supply Chain Connectivity Forum
May 7, 2014 - Kansas City, Missouri

Upcoming Supply Chain Connectivity Forum
Date: October 2014
More information will be provided once the date gets closer.

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Federal Highway Administration

MEP has been formally partnering with the DOT since 2010 in the conduct of Supplier Scouting pilots for several DOT Administrations. In Supplier Scouting, MEP identifies U.S. manufacturers that potentially have the capabilities, capacities, and business interests to satisfy difficult supply chain sourcing issues for federal agencies and OEMs. For DOT and other federal agencies that have included the U.S. Department of Energy and NIST, MEP Supplier Scouting has included a focus on ensuring compliance with Buy American and Buy America provisions associated with specific federal procurements. 

Consistent with the MEP mission of assisting U.S. manufacturers in strategically implementing business growth initiatives that enhance their competitiveness, MEP partnered with DOTs Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct a number of Supplier Scouting pilot projects. In these Supplier Scouting pilots, MEP Seeks to identify U.S. manufacturers that are potentially capable of satisfying compliance with applicable Buy America provisions. This collaboration will also utilize MEP's Supplier Scouting processes to help inform the FHWA about U.S. manufacturing capabilities and capacities to potentially be able to produce new technologies and emerging products needed by the highway system.

If you would like to learn about future opportunities with the FHWA, please contact David Stieren (david.stieren@nist.gov) or Samm Bowman (samm@nist.gov).

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Maritime Administration (MarAd)

Buy American provisions requires the use of American-made products purchased with federal funds. MarAd obtained assistance from the NIST MEP to help determine the existence of U.S. manufacturing capabilities and capacities to produce the manufactured products needed by the nation's ports and Marine Highway systems. Consistent with the MEP mission of assisting U.S. manufacturers in strategically implementing business growth initiatives that enhance their competitiveness, MEP has conducted a number of Supplier Scouting pilot projects over the past several years in partnership with other federal agencies, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from private industry. During this partnership MEP will conduct Supplier Scouting pilots to help Mar Ad ensure the availability of manufactured goods needed by the nation's ports and Marine Highway systems, and to ensure compliance with MarAds applicable Buy American provisions. 

If you would like to learn about future opportunities with the MarAd, please contact David Stieren (david.stieren@nist.gov) or Samm Bowman (samm@nist.gov).

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Supplier Scouting Opportunities for Next Generation Rail

MEP is conducting Buy America Supplier Scouting processes to connect agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportations that have Buy American provision requirements with U.S. manufacturers who can make the products they need.


If you're a manufacturer and interested in an opportunity to supply components for the U.S Department of Transportation participating agencies, please contact please contact your local MEP Center and speak with the Make in America Supplier Scouting Point of Contact for more information.

 

Past Suppler Scouting Opportunities


Federal Transit Administration Supplier Scouting Opportunity FY2014-02
Item Description: Rubber Boot for Low Vibration Track (LVT) Systems Application: This is the rubber boot component of low-profile, low vibration booted blocks of LVT Systems used in transit rail track applications. The rubber boot item wraps around the sides and bottom of the concrete block and microcellular (elastomeric) pad in the LVT System. Closed: February 14, 2014


Federal Railroad Administration Supplier Scouting Opportunity FY2014-01
Item Description: Self-closing, force adjustable hinges for pedestrian swing gates Application: As part of the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Corridor Program, the Illinois Department of Transportation is providing improvements at all at-grade public and private highway-rail crossings. The improvements integrate right-of-way fencing and railroad crossing warning devices to provide improved pedestrian safety at grade crossings. The hinges being sought are part of the pedestrian swing gates that will be utilized at all crossings where pedestrian facilities are present. Closed: January 31, 2014

 

Maritime Administration Supplier Scouting Opportunity FY13-02
Item Description: Overhead Rail-Mounted Crane and Rubber Tired Crane Application: These cranes are used within inter-modal rail yards for lifting and transporting ISO freight containers of 20, 40 and 45 foot lengths, in single and Twin-20 configurations, with a typical load rating of 60 tons Closed: May 28, 2013

Federal Highway Administration Supplier Scouting Opportunity FY2013-01
Item Description: Cast Steel, Flanged Gate Steam Valves Application:  A series of cast steel gate valves are being sought for a steam utility located on a bridge undergoing rehabilitation in the state of Ohio.  The valves will be used for relocation of steam and hot water lines in this project. Closed: May 24, 2013

For a full list of all previous supplier scouting opportunities with the DOT, please click here.