New Funding to Bring Opportunities for Manufacturers in Nine States
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will award $27 million to organizations in nine states to operate centers that help manufacturers innovate, compete, and grow. The new awards are part of a multi-year effort to update funding for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which provides a wide range of services to small- and medium-size manufacturers through centers in every state and Puerto Rico.
“There’s no question the MEP program has helped make thousands of manufacturers stronger,” said Willie E. May, NIST director. “These new agreements will allow the centers to provide increased support and reach new customers.”
The awards will go to organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Washington and West Virginia. Two remaining awards are still in process. The announced funding is for the first 15 months of the five-year agreements. Continued funding is subject to the availability of annual appropriations and successful annual reviews.
“These new agreements will improve our processes and help the centers better align with local economic strategies,” said Carroll Thomas, MEP director. “They will also open up new opportunities to allow the centers to serve new customers.”
The following organizations will sign cooperative agreements to operate centers in their states:
- Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (Peoria)
- Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. (Minneapolis)
- West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown)
- Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (Anchorage)
- Boise State University (Idaho TechHelp, Boise)
- Washington Manufacturing Services DBA Impact Washington (Mukilteo)
- New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (Cedar Knolls)
- Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence, Inc. (Tulsa)
- New York State Department of Economic Development (Albany)
For more information, visit www.nist.gov.