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Project Profile

Impact of Manufacturing

National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Start Date: Oct 2003 — End Date: Oct 2004

Working with six state economic development research departments, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) staff is coordinating a collaborative project designed to assess the impact of manufacturing sectors on the US and state economies as well as evaluate the impact of MEP services on the state economies.

The study found that more than 41 million American jobs rely on the 17 million US manufacturing jobs. These jobs can be found in design, engineering, business services, logistics, and customer services. The analysis also examined the impact of specific manufacturing sectors on the economy as well. C2ER and CREC coordinated the research and integrated the findings for the partnership.

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About the Client

National Institute of Standards & Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a program of regional centers that assist, smaller, U.S.-based manufacturing companies in identifying and adopting new technologies. MEP operates under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – a non-regulatory measuring standards laboratory housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce.