Overview

If your supply chain has been impacted by COVID-19, if you are researching new product lines, or if you are interested in reshoring your existing supply chain, you may be facing challenges sourcing certain items domestically.

You may also have capabilities and capacity to provide products to other manufacturers looking to source domestically.

The MEP National Network is leading a new effort to offer Supplier Scouting, a formal process to connect U.S. companies to domestic manufacturers that can meet specific supply chain needs. The program leverages the knowledge and connections of MEP manufacturing experts in every state. 

Locating Difficult-to-Source Needs

MMEC, working with the larger MEP National Network, can support your vendor, materials or technical search by identifying:

  • Technical and process capabilities.
  • Production capacities.
  • Ability to make products.
  • Manufacturers who can pivot production to critical supplies.

Domestic manufacturing capabilities and capacities can produce any item needed by our nation’s supply chains – if the needs of one company can be matched to the capabilities of another. The MEP National Network’s Supplier Scouting program provides a viable means by which U.S. manufacturing can produce critically needed items in the near term, as well as improve the strength and resiliency of small manufacturers for the long term. 

How to Get Started

Companies Seeking Suppliers:

  1. Contact one of our Business Advisors or the MMEC Home Office with information on the item you’re seeking to source. You may also download and complete this fillable opportunity synopsis form and send it to your business advisor or the home office. 
  2. Your information will be submitted to the MEP network to be distributed to potential suppliers throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
  3. If companies respond to your Supplier Scouting Opportunity, you will receive a report on potential supplier matches.

Companies Interested in Being Suppliers:

  1. Review the below current scouting opportunities from around the country and Puerto Rico.
  2. If there is an opportunity you are interested in responding to, provide your information using one of the following methods:
    1. Contact one of our Business Advisors directly
    2. Download, complete and send this Word document to MMEC
  3. Your information will be submitted to NIST MEP to be delivered to the company seeking a supplier.

Current Supplier Scouting Opportunities

Protein Sheets

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce Electrospun protein sheets in 3 different sizes. 

Mention opportunity 2021-092
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes February 15, 2022

Camping Tents

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to cut, sew, and construct fabric camping tents. 

Mention opportunity 2021-098
Posted 10/14/2021; Closes December 14, 2021

Fishing Nippers

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce fishing nippers for use in cutting fishing line easily. 

Mention opportunity 2021-101
Posted 10/21/2021; Closes December 22, 2021

Heating Duct

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce flexible heating duct (4" diameter).  

Mention opportunity 2021-106
Posted 11/04/2021; Closes March 3, 2022

Uniforms

Amtrak is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce employee uniform components and accessories.  

Mention opportunity 2021-107
Posted 11/04/2021; Closes December 8, 2021

Uniform fabric

Amtrak is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce the fabric for employee uniforms.  

Mention opportunity 2021-108
Posted 11/04/2021; Closes December 8, 2021

Needlebar

A small company in Rhode Island is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce chrome-plated needlebar, used for quilting machines. 

Mention opportunity 2021-110
Posted 11/19/2021; Closes December 17, 2021

Interlink Tubing

A small company in Indiana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce stainless steel interlink tubing, using Swiss CNC machining process. 

Mention opportunity 2021-111
Posted 11/19/2021; Closes December 17, 2021

PVC Resin

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce rigid and semi-rigid PVC Resin for toy and agriculture industries. 

Mention opportunity 2021-112
Posted 12/1/2021; Closes January 4, 2022

PET Plastic Sheet

A small company in Connecticut is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce PET plastic sheets for septic drainage and treatment systems. 

Mention opportunity 2021-113
Posted 12/7/2021; Closes February 7, 2022

Film

A small company in Oregon is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce rolls of film used for printing custom photo reels. 

Mention opportunity 2021-114
Posted 12/7/2021; Closes February 7, 2022

Contact Us!

Contact one of our Business Advisors directly, give us a call at (406) 994-3812, drop us an email, or fill out our contact form to inquire about any of the above opportunities.