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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

MEP is a public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP Centers interacted with 34,307 manufacturers, leading to $14.4 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helped create or retain 125,746 jobs.


For the past 30 years, the MEP National NetworkTM has equipped small and medium-sized manufacturers with the resources needed to grow and thrive. Our industry experts work side-by-side with manufacturers to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, develop the next generation workforce, create new products, find new markets and much more. Together, they strengthen communities and U.S. manufacturing. Watch More Videos

Heroes of American Manufacturing: BrightView Technologies
Heroes of American Manufacturing: BrightView Technologies
BrightView Technologies, a client of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP, part of the MEP National Network), is a leader in Visual Intelligence, delivering the highest-performing visual and optic solutions for advanced technology applications. BrightView felt the impacts of the pandemic early on because they deal with Asia. Since they had majority of the supplies and materials needed, they pivoted to make face shields. They had the resources to make Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) but didn’t know how to sell to or access entities that might need PPE, so they reached out to NCMEP. MEP to BrightView has always been the go-to resource when they didn’t know who else to call.   What makes BrightView a hero of American manufacturing is the way they pivoted to help make PPE and to give their workforce a safe as environment to work in as possible. They are a company that’s in a unique position where they are manufacturing and exporting components that go into devices people use every day and are putting products into the supply chain in other parts of the world. This company is an example of how you can cost effectively manufacturer in the U.S. and export around the globe. BrightView Technologies makes the world a better place by being able to help customers realize their vision.
Technology Transfer Acceleration by the MEP National Network
Technology Transfer Acceleration by the MEP National Network
Technology transfer is not always easy, especially when attempting to introduce a new capability or technology into the manufacturing sector. Smaller manufacturers in particular present unique environments and challenges that must be appropriately understood if the transfer is to be successful. NIST researchers have an ally that makes technology transfer less daunting — NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, also known as MEP. The Network’s state-based Centers are hubs where small and medium-sized manufacturers can connect 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. The MEP National Network presents an invaluable tool for research and technology transfer efforts. This video highlights how NIST labs, the MEP National Network and manufacturers can collaborate and all benefit from these efforts.

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  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800