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

Apple Juice

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce apple juice concentrate 70 brix, to be used as a sweetener in fermented beverages. 

Mention opportunity 2022-052
Posted 05/19/2022; Closes September 8, 2022

Cranberry Juice

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce cranberry juice concentrate 50 brix, to be used in fermented beverages. 

Mention opportunity 2022-053
Posted 05/19/2022; Closes September 8, 2022

Pineapple Juice

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce pineapple juice concentrate NFC 12-15 brix, to be used  in fermented beverages. 

Mention opportunity 2022-054
Posted 05/19/2022; Closes September 8, 2022

Brite cans

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 16 oz Brite cans for canning beverages.  

Mention opportunity 2022-059
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

202 LOE Ball

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 202 LOE Ball (can lids used to package 12 oz cans). 

Mention opportunity 2022-060
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Pak Techs

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 4 pack and 6 pack Pak Techs, used to fit 12 oz and 16 oz cans. 

Mention opportunity 2022-061
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Brite Ball

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 12 oz Brite ball cans for canning.  

Mention opportunity 2022-062
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Machine Film

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 5x2 machine film (stretch wrap used to wrap pallets).   

Mention opportunity 2022-063
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Stretch Wrap

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce hand held stretch wrap (used to wrap pallets).   

Mention opportunity 2022-064
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Strapping

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce S-1241 strapping (used for keg pallets to hold kegs in place).   

Mention opportunity 2022-065
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Corner Boards

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce cardboard corner boards for palletization. 

Mention opportunity 2022-066
Posted 05/27/2022; Closes July 11, 2022

Air Flow Control

A small company in Indiana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce air distribution, flow control manifolds to operate at less than50 psi input pressure. 

Mention opportunity 2022-067
Posted 06/08/2022; Closes August 1, 2022

Pillow covers

A small company in South Carolina is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce custom printed, decorative, linen pillow covers. 

Mention opportunity 2022-068
Posted 06/08/2022; Closes July 7, 2022

Battery Banks

The US Dept of Energy is  seeking domestic manufacturers to supply 48VDC Battery Banks that provide backup power for communications equipment. 

Mention opportunity 2022-069
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 6, 2022

Liquid dispenser

The US EPA is seeking domestic manufacturers to supply a CERTUS flex liquid dispenser. 

Mention opportunity 2022-070
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 21, 2022

Bloodwood Lumber

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 4/4 rough sawn and kiln dried Bloodwood lumber. 

Mention opportunity 2022-071
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 21, 2022

Jatoba Lumber

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 8/4 rough sawn and kiln dried Jatoba lumber (Brazilian cherry). 

Mention opportunity 2022-072
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 21, 2022

Katalox Lumber

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 4/4 rough sawn and kiln dried Katalox lumber (Mexican ebony). 

Mention opportunity 2022-073
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 21, 2022

Steel Chair Frame

A small company in California is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce tubular stainless steel frames for outdoor chairs. 

Mention opportunity 2022-074
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 25, 2022

Electronic components

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce basic electronic components used in electronics manufacturing. 

Mention opportunity 2022-075
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 25, 2022

Sciex Triple Quad 7500

The US EPA is seeking domestic manufacturers to supply a Sciex Triple Quad 7500 mass spectrometer system. 

Mention opportunity 2022-076
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 13, 2022

Microscope

The US Department of Commerce (NIST) is seeking domestic manufacturers to supply a Scanning Electron Microscope used to image specimens at the
nanometer scale. 

Mention opportunity 2022-077
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes July 13, 2022

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking a domestic source to supply a 8.0 kVA Security Plus II Powervar uninterruptible power supply (UPS). 

Mention opportunity 2022-078
Posted 07/12/2022; Closes August 8, 2022

Aluminum tubing

A small company in Massachusetts is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce aluminum tubing. 

Mention opportunity 2022-079
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes August 8, 2022

Polypropylene tray and seat covers

A small company in Colorado is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce polypropylene tray and seat covers. 

Mention opportunity 2022-080
Posted 06/30/2022; Closes September 12, 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.