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.
As one of the U.S. Commerce Department’s NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, NCMEP helps small- and mid-size manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money. As a public-private partnership, NIST MEPs deliver a high return on investment to taxpayers. For every dollar of federal investment, MEP clients generate nearly $19 in new sales, which translates into $2.5 billion annually. And for every $2,001 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one U.S. manufacturing job. Since 1988, MEP has worked with nearly 80,000 U.S. manufacturers, leading to $88 billion in sales and $14 billion in cost savings, and it has helped create more than 729,000 jobs.
NCMEP is administered by the NC State 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; North Carolina A&T State University; and UNC Charlotte.
The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership is comprised of several partner and sponsor organizations. For more information about each organization and their specific program offerings, please visit the Partners page and click the logos to visit their respective websites.