Ohio MEP – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Partnering to deliver advances in manufacturing
Ohio has a rich history of manufacturing that continues to flourish in today's global economy. From automotive to advanced materials – Ohio's manufacturing landscape is more diverse than ever before. The Ohio MEP supports this valuable industry by providing the products, services, and assistance that are dedicated to the productivity, growth, and global competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers. Ohio’s exports alone now exceed $48 billion a year and are continuing to grow. Ranked third in the nation, Ohio leads all Midwest states in manufacturing. Also, with 60 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s population being within 600 miles of it, Ohio is a prime location for manufacturing and exporting industries. Since 2004, the Ohio MEP program has been working with specialized nonprofits to provide low-cost business and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. The state investment is matched with federal MEP funds from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In September 2012, the Industrial Technology and Enterprise Advisory Council (ITEAC), which is responsible for making programmatic and funding recommendations to the Ohio Development Services Agency on the MEP program, recommended expanding Ohio's reach in manufacturing. The expansion would move from a two organization model (covering northern and southern Ohio) to a regional model, offering more assistance through five regional centers and seven partners, which work with manufacturers at any level. By expanding the availability of manufacturing support, it is expected that Ohio will see a 10 percent increase in additional sales generated by MEP activities over 2011, and a 30 percent increase in the number of clients assisted.
MEP National Network
The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.
In 2016, the MEP National Network connected with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to $9.3 billion in sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 86,602 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Fourth Industrial Revolution video highlights value of MEP
What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? With its remarkable technological breakthroughs and promising impacts to our lives, the Fourth Industry Revolution (Industry 4.0) is the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector. This video, created by the MEP National Network, features some of the powerful emerging trends with strong potential to change the way manufacturers work.