MEP: Sustaining and Growing America’s Manufacturing Base
MEP works with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to draw new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products.
Since the MEP began in 1989 as a three-center pilot program, the network has responded to more than 460,000 requests for assistance. In fiscal year 2011 alone, MEP centers provided advice and services to almost 34,000 manufacturers. Here are few recent examples of how timely MEP support can make a positive difference for smaller manufacturing companies. [MEP: Helping Smaller Manufacturers Compete, Innovate, and Grow]
As a public/private partnership, MEP delivers a high return on investment to taxpayers. For every one dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $29 in new sales growth. This translates into $3.6 billion in new sales annually. For every $2,067 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job. In 2011, that translated into almost 60,500 U.S. jobs that were created or retained. (Download the latest MEP impact assessment [4-page PDF)]: http://www.nist.gov/mep/upload/MEP-PARTNERING-IMPACTS-2011-v2.pdf)
NIST Role. With its small staff of managers, manufacturing experts, planners, and economists, NIST’s MEP headquarters works to integrate the network of centers, linking the centers to shared resources and solutions, and developing strategies for delivering new or modified services that will help smaller manufacturers respond effectively to changing conditions and new competitive challenges.
Through NIST’s collaborative leadership style, MEP leverages over $100 million of federal investment into a nearly $300 million program by partnering with state and local governments and the private sector to provide a wealth of expertise and resources to manufacturers.
Next-Generation Strategy. MEP has identified key strategic imperatives that respond to the challenges of globalization, the growing importance of innovation (in products, processes, services, and business organization), and sustainability. In its next-generation strategy, MEP has developed a framework of five critical areas that will be priorities for network services and partnerships:
Or link to the MEP Center in your state: http://patapsco.nist.gov/mep/centers-near-you/index.htm