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MEP National Network


The Impact of Manufacturing
The Impact of Manufacturing


The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. 

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is part of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The MEP National Network, whose mission is to strengthen and empower U.S. manufacturers, comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the MEP Advisory Board, MEP Center boards, and the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as over 1,440 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 460 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed. 

Meeting the Challenge

The MEP National Network and its manufacturing clients are working with state and federal government to respond to unprecedented challenges and needs. NIST MEP created a document that highlights what Centers across the country are doing to help. The document highlights how the Network is:

  • Connecting resources to needs
  • Working directly with state governments
  • Addressing specific issues with manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies and medical devices
  • Maintaining base operations and serving all manufacturers


MEP National Network Delivers Value for Manufacturers

According to clients surveyed in FY 2023, the MEP National Network helped manufacturers achieve $16.2 billion in new and retained sales, $2.9 billion in cost savings, $4.8 billion in new client investments, and helped to create and retain more than 107,100 U.S. manufacturing jobsView the National Impact Data PDF for more information about NIST MEP, the National Network, and client impacts.

Centers tailor services to meet critical needs, ranging from process improvement and workforce development to specialized business practices, including supply chain integration, innovation, and technology transfer. MEP's foundation is built upon its partnerships. Centers are the hub for manufacturers, connecting them with government agencies, trade associations, universities and research laboratories, state and federal initiatives, and a host of other resources to help them grow and innovate. Learn more about the strategic goals and measures of success by viewing the PDF of the MEP National Network™ Strategic Plan.

The Go-To Experts for Advancing U.S. Manufacturing
This graphic is a visual representation of the MEP National NetworkTM. The Network has MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each Center is a partnership between the federal government and a variety of public or private entities, including state, university, and nonprofit organizations. This diverse National Network with over 460 service locations, has manufacturing experts serving as trusted business advisors and technical experts ready and able to assist small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

Source: MEP Enterprise Information System


MEP National Network map showing MEP Centers and their logos

Contact your local MEP Center to learn how the Network helps manufacturers thrive.



  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created September 3, 2014, Updated February 13, 2024