The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership (PA MEP) is part of a national network of service providers who are dedicated to serving small and medium sized manufacturers.


Through its network of regional and national partners, the PA MEP helps manufacturers improve their productivity and technological performance to create a positive impact for their business and an enduring economic impact in their communities and in Pennsylvania.

Manufacturing is critical to Pennsylvania’s economy and represents 12% of the total gross state product. According to the U.S. Policy Institute, Pennsylvania ranks 5th in the nation among all the states in manufacturing employment.

Manufacturing businesses provide over 578,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, representing approximately one out of every 11 jobs in the state while small and medium sized manufacturers make up more than 92 percent of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing base.

MEP and the MEP National Network

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 medium-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), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the MEP Advisory Board, MEP Center boards, and the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 450 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

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National Network of Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico

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Public-private partnership with local flexibility

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Federal funds, state investments, and private sector fees cover services

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Market driven program that creates high value for all manufacturers

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Leverage partners to maximize service offerings

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Transfer technology and expertise to small and medium-sized manufacturers


In 2021, the MEP National Network connected with 34,307 manufacturers, leading to $14.4 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain 125,746 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Impacts are based on clients receiving services in FY 2021.