The Manufacturing Technology Center is part of the MEP Network. MEP stands for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. MEP is a nationwide network of not-for-profit centers in nearly 350 location nationwide, whose sole purposes are to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with the services they need to succeed. The centers, serving all 50 States and Puerto Rico, are linked together through the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology. Centers are funded by federal, state, local and private resources to serve manufacturers. That makes it possible for small firms to tap into the expertise of knowledgeable manufacturing and business specialist all over the United States.
Each center works directly with area manufacturers to provide expertise and services tailored to their most critical needs, which range from process improvements and worker training to business practices and applications of information technology. Solutions are offered through a combination of direct assistance from qualified center staff and outside consultants.