The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) provides manufacturing extension services that enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of US-based manufacturing firms. It also works to strengthen the global competitiveness of small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
NCMEP links its manufacturing partners to a network of national expertise and suppliers, creating an innovation hub and knowledge base for the state of North Carolina.
The MEP National Network TM
As a NIST MEP approved Center, NCMEP is the official representative of the MEP National NetworkTM in the State of North Carolina.
The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.
Focused on helping small and mid-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.
In 2016, the MEP National Network connected with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to $9.3 billion in sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 86,602 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
NCMEP and its Partners
Launched in 1955, IES first began operating under the NC State University College of Engineering and was the first industrial extension program in the country. In 1995, the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) was established as a component of Industry Expansion Solutions.
NCMEP is now administered by Industry Expansion Solutions and is joined by partners from the North Carolina Community College System; NCWorks Customized Training; the Economic Development Partnership of NC; the Polymers Center of Excellence; the Manufacturing Solutions Center; and North Carolina A&T State University.
A Public-Private Operating Alliance
NCMEP is a public-private operating alliance of state supported programs that work together to enhance the performance of the state’s small- to medium-sized manufacturers. Its combined resources and collaboration efforts lead to greater economic growth and job creation in manufacturing.
Participating NCMEP partners leverage public funds and private investments to provide technology-based resources and expertise to improve, promote and connect industry through experts and tools in workplace safety, process optimization, business growth, innovation, sustainability, energy, quality systems and workforce training and development.
Drawing on a 20-Year History
Drawing on almost 20 years of operation and a portfolio of programs and partnerships that comprise NCMEP, we are positioned to maximize impact in helping manufacturers across NC improve productivity, profits and their
More about NCMEP Partners
For more information about each NCMEP partner organization and their specific program offerings, please visit the Partners page and click the logos to visit their respective websites.