The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a regional effort coordinated by CIFT which combines resources from Rhodes State College (Lima) to deliver valuable services to manufacturers within an 18 county territory.

The Ohio MEP office delivers valuable services to manufacturers across Ohio. Plus, the staff has resources available beyond northwest Ohio through other Ohio MEP partners.

A resource catalog is available to help strengthen the industry by providing potential partners for solutions that accelerate effective and powerful innovations, training, and resources that drive economic growth and create jobs.  To obtain a copy, click here.

Learn how Ohio MEP assisted Randall Bearings in their ISO 9001:2015 certification!

For more information, contact 567-225-3302 (office), 419-279-4299 (cell) or

Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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.

Profitable Manufacturing Growth

Continuous Improvement

Improving methods by creating a smarter working environment helps minimize waste throughout various areas of a company. The MEP program has a reputation for providing quality services to enhance company efficiency. Continuous Improvement helps to restructure workflow which saves time and money, allowing manufacturers to reduce their wasted time and effort. Ohio MEP can provide LEAN training in Toledo, Ohio and the Northwest region, offering their services as an approach to implement concepts of LEAN manufacturing across all levels of a company.

Supply Chain Development

Manufacturers need to work efficiently and effectively within the global market. To help improve quality and profitability of each company, Supply Chain Development is used to allow suppliers to understand the needs of an industry, market demands and improvements needed to stay competitive in the ever changing economy. Ohio MEP will work to develop services useful to put suppliers in the best position to succeed in the current and future supply chains.

Workforce Development

A well developed and skilled workforce that covers all levels of an organization is a crucial element in the growth of a manufacturer. Ohio MEP has developed training efforts and assistance tailored to the specific needs of smaller manufactures. With work from partnerships, companies will have access to information in regards to business goals, employee training, recruitment techniques and workforce development skills.


There are companies who find themselves consistently in the news for their positive contributions and environmental awareness. Other companies are receiving attention for the undesirable impacts being applied to the environment. These are the companies that feel the pressure from clients, employees and industry to make a positive change. The Ohio MEP can provide manufacturers with steps to create a sustainable organization that can lead to new business opportunities as they adapt. The MEP program assists in helping minimize employee risks, environmental management systems or developing tactics to work toward environmental regulations, and more that can help create a solution that best fits the companies’ needs.

Technology Acceleration

Fast-tracking opportunities to control and embrace new technology are keys to long-term business growth and productivity for manufacturers. The Ohio MEP will assist in connecting manufacturers with technology opportunities and solutions that are needed to develop and compete in the current marketplace. By providing a variety of product development and commercialization assistance, the MEP is able to help manufacturers rapidly move new product opportunities into production and out into the marketplace quickly.

Pollution Prevention (P2)

The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) utilizes the entire network of engineering resources, equipment manufacturers and suppliers at its disposal to provide a complete and cost effective

Ohio MEP provides a comprehensive array of on-site engineering support services and assessment for existing systems in the following value-added areas:

Power and Lighting

• Automated controls
• Equipment motors

Water Usage

• Facility reduction and reuse opportunities
• Process modifications
• Use of high pressure, low volume systems

Utilities Efficiency Assessments

• Compressed air systems
• Steam and condensation
• Refrigeration, heating and cooling systems

Water and Air Discharge

• Address regulatory and local municipal issues


• Process waste reduction
• Zero landfill initiatives

These services can generate large savings for your plant. In some cases, you might be able to receive supplemental funding for the audit!

Contact Ohio MEP at 567.225.3302 or to find out more.

Additive Manufacturing (AM)

Additive manufacturing (AM) promises to be the next great industrial revolution – a revolution that has already begun. While methods and technologies of the additive process vary, the output is effectively the same – a finished product or component built up from hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers.

Early adopters of this burgeoning field are poised for growth and stand to make the greatest impact. Additive manufacturing reduces product development time and allows engineers and designers to extend their capabilities in the creation of highly complex products and parts. With recent advancements in polymers and metals, it is giving small- and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to design well beyond traditional manufacturing limitations.

Benefits Include:
  • Low Entry Cost
  • Convenience
  • Less Inventory Required
  • Product Customization
  • Reduce or Eliminate Tooling Costs
  • Short Prep Times
  • Less Waste
  • Increase in Innovation

Contact Troy Wildermuth, director of manufacturing, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, at 419-535-6000, ext. 105 or today to learn more about additive manufacturing and how to get started.