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. See this completed sample form as a reference for the information which will be required.
  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

Kinetin for plant food

A small company in Texas is interested in purchasing Kinetin for use in plant food. Specifications to be provided upon request.

Mention opportunity 2021-051
Posted 5/25/2021; Closes June 25

6-Benzylaminopurine

A small company in Texas is interested in purchasing 6-Benzylaminopurine for use in plant food (CAS Number 1214-39-7). Further specifications to be provided upon request.

Mention opportunity 2021-052
Posted 5/25/2021; Closes June 25

Molded volcanic rock

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce cylinder shaped volcanic rock with center depression to be used as a filter.  Contact MMEC for more details including dimensions and tolerances.

Mention opportunity 2021-053
Posted 5/25/2021; Closes June 25

Battery Pack Housing

A small company in Tennessee is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce battery module / pack housings made of composite plastic material.  The company is flexible with regards to the specific material being used, but requires a polymer/fiber composite to be used.

Mention opportunity 2021-055
Posted 5/27/2021; Closes June 28

Air Compressor

A small company in Texas is seeking domestic suppliers to supply an air compressor capable of 90-100 cubic feet per minute (cfm) at 75psi.  Customer is willing to consider a piggy back (2-stage) system, which can be used in conjunction with their current compressor (~19cfm @125psi) which isn’t capable of the necessary pressure at full cfm load.  

Mention opportunity 2021-056
Posted 6/1/2021; Closes July 6

Ice Chests

A small company in Arizona is seeking a manufacturing partner to produce rotationally molded ice chests with polyurethane foam injected internally, assembled with feet, injection molded latches, rope handles with rubberized grips and aluminum hinge pins. Company can supply materials or possibly injection mold parts as needed.  The boxes must use food grade virgin plastics.

Mention opportunity 2021-057
Posted 6/8/2021; Closes July 23

Expansion Foam

A small company in West Virginia is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 2 part void fill expansion foam.  The Instapak foam is created by combining two chemical formulas (A and B). The company is looking for Instapak parts A and B as raw materials to package their products.

Mention opportunity 2021-058
Posted 6/8/2021; Closes July 9

25000 Panel Floor

A small company in Colorado is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce composite sandwich panel constructed of two 0.0625" fiberglass sheets adhered permanently to a 1.375" thick expanded honeycomb core to be used as flooring for different models of camper trailers in the RV industry. Ability to either have in-mold color or painted black on exterior fiberglass panel, white on interior. Ability to have precise cutouts/holes added to completed panel.

Mention opportunity 2021-059
Posted 6/15/2021; Closes July 16

Precision Cut Steel Tubing

A small company in Colorado is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce
1) Laser/plasma CNC cut steel tubing for in-house welded chassis to be used for manufacturing of camper trailers. (ASTM A500B, 1/8" wall is standard spec used.)  
2) Cut steel tubing to be bent into shape for an accessory add-on rock guard. (ASTM A500B or equivalent, 1/16" wall.).

Mention opportunity 2021-060
Posted 6/15/2021; Closes July 16

Precision Cut/Bent Sheet Metal - Steel and Aluminum

A small company in Colorado is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce
1) Laser/plasma CNC cut/bent steel sheet metal parts for in-house welded chassis to be used for manufacturing of camper trailers. ASTM A1008 and A36 are standard specs we use. 
2) Laser/plasma CNC cut/bent aluminum sheet metal parts for final assembly of camper trailers. 5052-H32 is standard spec we use..

Mention opportunity 2021-061
Posted 6/15/2021; Closes July 16

Aluminum Tube Bending

A small company in Colorado is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 1" aluminum tubing with 90 degree bends to be welded with small brackets or welded to other aluminum tubes. Used to assemble into camper trailer assemblies and mechanisms.

Mention opportunity 2021-062
Posted 6/15/2021; Closes July 16

Quick Turn Printed Circuit Board Assembly

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBA's) used in robotics applications.

Mention opportunity 2021-063
Posted 6/15/2021; Closes July 16

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.