The NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Celebrates 35th Anniversary

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, marking three and a half decades of supporting and promoting the growth of small and medium-sized manufacturers across the United States. Established in 1988, MEP has played a crucial role in driving innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector, contributing significantly to the country’s overall economic development.

Over 50 MEP centers across the United States and Puerto Rico work closely with manufacturers to give them access to expertise, resources, and tools necessary to enhance their operations and overcome challenges. From improving processes and implementing new technologies to expanding market reach and developing a skilled workforce, MEP has been instrumental in helping manufacturers thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape.

Over the years, MEP has achieved remarkable milestones and significantly impacted the manufacturing industry. It has helped create and retain millions of jobs, generated billions of dollars in sales and cost savings, and facilitated the adoption of innovative practices and technologies. By assisting manufacturers in becoming more efficient, competitive, and resilient, MEP has strengthened individual businesses and contributed to the overall growth and stability of the national economy.

One of the key strengths of MEP is its ability to adapt and evolve with the changing needs of manufacturers. It has consistently stayed ahead of the curve by identifying emerging trends, addressing industry challenges, and promoting best practices. From embracing digital transformation and advanced manufacturing technologies to focusing on sustainability and workforce development, MEP has consistently positioned manufacturers for success in an increasingly global and interconnected marketplace.

As MEP celebrates its 35th anniversary, it is important to recognize its invaluable contributions to the manufacturing sector. The partnership has catalyzed innovation, collaboration, and growth, enabling manufacturers to thrive in a highly competitive environment. By providing tailored solutions, expert guidance, and access to critical resources, MEP has empowered manufacturers to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and achieve their full potential.

Looking ahead, MEP is poised to continue its mission of supporting the manufacturing industry for many more years. With the rise of automation and artificial intelligence and the increasing demand for sustainable practices, MEP will play a vital role in helping manufacturers navigate future complexities.

By staying at the forefront of technological advancements, fostering partnerships, and leveraging its extensive network, MEP will continue to drive the growth and success of small and medium-sized manufacturers in North Carolina through the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP).



About the MEP National Network™

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The national Program Office (NIST MEP) which provides the federal government funding for the MEP National Network™ is located in Gaithersburg, MD. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the MEP Advisory Board, MEP Center boards, and the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as over 1,450 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 430 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

About North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership


The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is the state network in North Carolina for the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) which is part of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). MEP is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. NCMEP is administered by NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and partners with the North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks Customized Training; the Economic Development Partnership of NC; the Polymers Center of Excellence; the Manufacturing Solutions Center; Hangar6; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Industrial Solutions Lab; and NC State University Wilson College of Textiles.