Our mission is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. We are a national network and the only public–private partnership dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers.
Who We Are
Since 1988, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has worked to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. Our national network of MEP Centers work directly with manufacturers and contribute to the growth of well-paying jobs, dynamic manufacturing communities, and American innovation and global competitiveness.
National network of centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico
Public-private partnership with local flexibility
Federal funds, state investments, and private sector fees cover services
Market driven program that creates high value for all manufacturers
Leverage partners to maximize service offerings
Transfer technology and expertise to small and mid-sized manufacturers
Strength in Partnerships
MEP’s strength is in its partnerships. Through its collaborations at the federal, state and local level, MEP works with manufacturers to develop new products and customers, expand and diversify markets, adopt new technology, and enhance value within supply chains. MEP serves as a bridge to other organizations and federal research labs that share a passion for enhancing the manufacturing community.
As a public-private partnership, MEP delivers a high return on investment to taxpayers. For every one dollar of federal investment, MEP generates $17 in new sales growth and $24 in new client investment. This translates into $2.3 billion in new sales annually. And, for every $1,900 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job. To learn more, view our Annual Report .
Investing in the Future
MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency. Through regular strategic planning, the MEP network continually updates its services and operations to meet the evolving needs of America's dynamic manufacturing industries. To learn more, view our Strategic Plan.
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“Since 1988, MEP has worked with 86,620 manufacturers, leading to $96.4 billion in sales and $15.7 billion in cost savings, and it has helped create and retain more than 797,994 jobs.”
Impacts are based on clients receiving services in FY2015