“There’s no question the MEP program has helped make thousands of manufacturers stronger,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie E. May. “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 following an open competition announced in March 2015; 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 MEP Director Carroll Thomas. “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, Enterprise Minnesota, Inc., West Virginia University Research Corporation, Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, Boise State University, Washington Manufacturing Services DBA Impact Washington, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc., Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence, Inc.
- New York State Department of Economic Development (Albany) - $7,481,492
For every dollar of federal investment, MEP clients generate nearly $19 in new sales, which translates into $2.5 billion annually. And for every $2,001 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one U.S. manufacturing job. Since 1988, MEP has worked with nearly 80,000 manufacturers, leading to $88 billion in sales and $14 billion in cost savings, and it has helped create more than 729,000 jobs. Read about some of MEP’s successes on its website at: http://ws680.nist.gov/mepmeis/ManufacturingSuccesses.aspx
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