Matching Domestic Manufacturers With Viable Business Opportunities
MEP is conducting Supplier Scouting processes to connect government agencies that have Buy American provision requirements with U.S. manufacturers who can make the products they need. Leveraging MEP’s vast knowledge of local manufacturer capabilities from across the nation, MEP is identifying manufacturers’ production and technical capabilities to match them up with viable business opportunities that would have otherwise gone to foreign suppliers.
In support of Buy American and Buy America provisions of a range of federal procurements, including those funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), NISTMEP has been working with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit, Federal Highway, and Maritime Administrations, and with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Buy America and Buy American provisions basically state that, subject to certain exceptions, appropriated funds for subject programs may not be used to purchase steel, iron, or manufactured goods that are not produced in the U.S.
The companies identified by MEP for the DOT Federal Transit Administration as being capable and interested in pursuing the $400 million girder rail infrastructure opportunity were able to directly share their insight regarding domestic girder rail production with top level DOT officials, including the Deputy Secretary of Transportation, which will be included in future rail product decisions.
The recent Buy American Supplier Scouting activities conducted for NIST showed that MEP was able to locate U.S. manufacturers that make near identical products, some of better quality and even lower price, than the foreign made items being sought.
The MEP network of centers across the country is ideally situated to match Buy American opportunities with capable and interested U.S. manufacturers. MEP Buy American Supplier Scouting is an ideal instantiation of how the national MEP System can serve the growth and competitiveness needs of U.S. manufacturers. Bringing these opportunities to companies is a great, value-adding way in which MEP Centers can have business interactions with clients, which can in turn transition to other business interactions between MEP Centers and these manufacturers.
In this economy it is a win, win for everyone!
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