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Supply Chain

Effective supply chains are critical to your manufacturing operation. On average, more than half of a manufacturer’s total spending occurs in the supply chain, making it an ideal target for reducing costs and mitigating risk. Delayed materials can wreak havoc downstream by disrupting schedules, creating work stoppages and ultimately causing missed shipments to customers. The MEP National Network’s supply chain services help you address various aspects of supply chain management and development. Our experts can help with supply chain challenges including supply chain management and optimization, integration of software, inventory control and supplier scouting.

Productivity Improvement

MEP Centers can work with you and your supply chain to reduce manufacturing critical-path time, lower supply risk, grow strategic supplier relationships and increase flexibility – helping you become more competitive and respond to the ever-changing needs of your customers.

Supplier Scouting

Our supply chain experts will connect you with U.S. suppliers including large companies, government agencies and other organizations that match up with your products and technical capabilities.

Supply Chain Optimization

The MEP National Network can provide you with a step-by-step roadmap to address risk, increase visibility and create supply chains that function optimally.
 

We had been searching for reliable, high quality vendors for machined and formed components for the products that we build. FloridaMakes offered services that included making connections to qualified local vendors to fulfill our needs.  The services provided are a win-win for Northwest Florida businesses in that it helps our company and our vendors build revenue and create jobs.

— Mike Petkauskos, Director of Engineering, Honeycomb Aircraft Repair, LLC
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Silverside Detectors, a client of MassMEP (the MEP Center in Massachusetts and part of the MEP National Network), are a team of physicists, engineers, and entrepreneurs committed to reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism. They develop nuclear radiation detection technology to protect cities and citizens from nuclear terrorism.

 

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Manufacturing Reports

Manufacturing worker on the production floor
Author
James Manyika, Katy George, Eric Chewning, Jonathan Woetzel, Hans-Werner Kaas

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries. It has also revealed the extent to which global supply chains are exposed to shocks and disruptions. All of this has occurred at a moment when new technologies, process innovations, and demand growth are reshaping the sector worldwide.

Welder working on metal in a manufacturing facility
Author
Heartland Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic has had overwhelming impacts on our economy, not to mention the impact on lives and personal wellness. The critical lack of medical equipment to treat and protect those affected highlights the over-reliance of United States manufacturing sector on overseas production. The offshoring issue extends beyond current pandemic concerns, however, reaching far larger and more permanent concerns over industrial supply chains, worker training and even national security.

For more information or assistance with your supply chain, please contact your local MEP Center.

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  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created June 4, 2020, Updated May 18, 2021