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

Board Games

A small company in Minnesota is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce board games.

Mention opportunity 2021-006 (reopened)
Updated 9/16/2021; Closes October 5

Fire Extinguisher Bottles

A small company in Oklahoma is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce fire extinguisher bottles.

Mention opportunity 2021-074 (reopened)
Updated 9/16/2021; Closes September 24

Pipe and Fittings for Furnaces

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce pipes and fittings used to make water cooled roofs, panels, sidewall panels,etc. for Ladle Metallurgical Furnace (LMF) furnaces in the steel making process.

Mention opportunity 2021-076
Posted 8/3/2021; Closes October 4

Plate Burning for Furnaces

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to do plate burning used to make furnace panels, furnaces, repair parts, etc. for Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) and Ladle Metallurgical Furnaces (LMF) in the steel industry. Company is looking for a partner for the plate burning process, which involves using a plasma torch to cut the plate metal to the desired design on a case-by-case basis.

Mention opportunity 2021-077
Posted 8/3/2021; Closes October 4

Plate Rolling for Furnaces

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to do plate rolling used to make furnace panels, furnaces, repair parts, etc. for Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) and Ladle Metallurgical Furnaces (LMF) in the steel industry. The steel plates will need to be rolled in a press to the desired dimensions.

Mention opportunity 2021-078
Posted 8/3/2021; Closes October 4

PVA Cloth

A small company in Florida is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce PVA cloth to create a mop typically used in the marine industry.

Mention opportunity 2021-081
Posted 8/5/2021; Closes October 5

Plastic Containers for Butter

A small company in Puerto Rico is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 6 or 7 oz. containers for butter with lid and logo integrated.  The company is flexible with regards to the specific plastic used.  The process is standard injection molding.

Mention opportunity 2021-082
Posted 8/12/2021; Closes October 12

Gasket / Molded o-rings

A small company in Florida is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce rubber o-rings to be used in maintenance and repair of fighter jets and for brake systems and hatch covers.

Mention opportunity 2021-084
Posted 8/19/2021; Closes September 19

Zinc Bromide Electrolyte

A company in Australia is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce zinc bromide electrolyte.

Mention opportunity 2021-085
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes September 17

Transfer Paper Rolls

A small company in Puerto Rico is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce 64-inch transfer paper rolls. 

Mention opportunity 2021-087 
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18

Fish Food

A small company in Puerto Rico is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce Tilapia Fish Food.

Mention opportunity 2021-088
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18

Face Visors

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce face visors.

Mention opportunity 2021-089
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18

Horse Muzzles

A small company in North Carolina is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce horse grazing muzzles.

Mention opportunity 2021-090
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18

K-9 Konect adjustable belts

A small company in Montana is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce K-9 Konect adjustable belts.

Mention opportunity 2021-091
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18

Protein Sheets

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

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

Sewn Bags

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce screen-printed sewn bags. 

Mention opportunity 2021-093
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18, 2021

Sewn Bags

A small company in Pennsylvania is seeking domestic manufacturers to produce screen-printed sewn bags

Mention opportunity 2021-094
Posted 9/16/2021; Closes October 18, 2021

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.