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

Urea Liquor formula

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce urea liquor formula, used in the production of fertilizers, animal feed, adhesives and other products.   

Mention opportunity 2022-033
Posted 04/05/2022; Closes May 30, 2022

Cardboard Tray

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce glued cardboard trays to hold 24 cans for shipping. 

Mention opportunity 2022-40
Posted 04/19/2022; Closes May 19, 2022

ORFF Cart

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce adjustable metal carts to hold musical instruments, known as ORFF carts.   

Mention opportunity 2022-042
Posted 04/29/2022; Closes May 31, 2022

Steel base bands

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce steel based bands to manufacture press-on polyurethane tires for the electric forklift market.   

Mention opportunity 2022-043
Posted 04/29/2022; Closes May 31, 2022

Electronic Actuator

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce electronic actuators used for a camera guidance system on paint trucks or for raising arrow boards.   

Mention opportunity 2022-044
Posted 04/29/2022; Closes June 3, 2022

Rotary Press Tablets

A small company in Indiana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce rotary press tablets. A powder blend is combined with a binding agent and compressed into tablet form.  

Mention opportunity 2022-045
Posted 04/29/2022; Closes June 3, 2022

Lummi Sticks

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce Lummi sticks (wood cylindrical dowels with rounded ends).  

Mention opportunity 2022-046
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 10, 2022

Insulated boxes

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce insulated boxes, used as a component of environmental control chambers.  

Mention opportunity 2022-047
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 10, 2022

PFA Resin

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce PFA resin pellets for injection molding.  

Mention opportunity 2022-048
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 13, 2022

PVDF Resin

A small company in Iowa is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce PVDF resin for medical components and infusion line connectors.  

Mention opportunity 2022-049
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 13, 2022

Plastic Fan Base

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce plastic base for a pedestal fan and a telescoping pole, used for a yard game.   

Mention opportunity 2022-050
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 27, 2022

Polybags

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce MPC-125 polybags, pre-opened on a roll for autobagger machines.   

Mention opportunity 2022-051
Posted 05/13/2022; Closes June 13, 2022

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 July 5, 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 July 5, 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 July 5, 2022

Magnetic Badges

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce magnetic badges for use in sewing and quilting. 

Mention opportunity 2022-055
Posted 05/19/2022; Closes June 20, 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.