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Supplier Scouting

Manufacturers as well as federal, state and local agencies need critical products that are in short supply to ensure our nation’s health and safety as well as our national and economic security. Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are especially challenged with sustaining operations in light of current conditions. There is a widespread struggle to find domestic manufacturing suppliers to meet present needs.

The MEP National Network™ is able to connect U.S. manufacturers that have relevant production capabilities and capacities with other manufacturers – enabling them to fulfill current market and societal needs. We can then assist those manufacturers in actually delivering needed products.

Locating Difficult-to-Source Needs

The MEP National Network’s Supplier Scouting assistance can be applied on a national, regional or local scale. By leveraging our extensive relationships and knowledge of U.S. manufacturer capabilities, we are able to identify manufacturers’ production and technical capabilities and connect them with supply chains of larger companies and government agencies.

The MEP National Network works with public and private organizations to identify U.S. suppliers for difficult-to-source needs. Supplier Scouting facilitates the interaction between top-of-supply chain companies and government agencies, with U.S. SMMs to help identify new suppliers who can produce hard-to-source items.

MEP Centers can support your vendor, materials or technical search by identifying:

  • Technical and process capabilities.
  • Production capacities.
  • Ability to make products.
  • Manufacturers to pivot production to critical supplies.

Domestic manufacturing capabilities and capacities can produce any item needed by our nation’s supply chains. The MEP National Network’s Supplier Scouting provides a viable means by which U.S. manufacturing can be catalyzed to produce critically needed items in the near term.

If you would like assistance finding suppliers to meet state or local critical domestic production, please contact your local MEP Center If you have a Supplier Scouting need or opportunity at the national level, please submit the form below.

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For General Information

  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created March 23, 2020, Updated March 17, 2022