Industry Headlines

Associations Urge for Restoration of MEP Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C.-More than 60 manufacturing associations nationwide have joined forces to warn policymakers of a growing crisis for small manufacturers. In letters to President Bush and Congressional Appropria-tions leaders, The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Congress, National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, and the National Tooling and Machining Associations, along with other associations across the country, urge policymakers to restore funding to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

MEP helps small manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace by providing technical assistance, support services, engineering services and business advice to small manufacturers. The MEP program's budget for fiscal year (FY) 2004 is $39 million-63% less than last year. The president requested the same amount for FY 2005.

Under the current funding level, the associations say, "11,000 fewer manufacturers will receive MEP services. They will lose $1.7 billion in sales; their costs will be $425 million higher; and they will not invest $585 million in plant modernization. We cannot allow this slide to continue."

The letter also notes recent recognition of MEP by Harvard University and the BizBest publishers. The Ash Institute at Harvard selected MEP as one of 15 finalists for its Innovations in American Government Award. MEP also was named one of America's "100 Best Resources for Small Business" in the BizBest 2004 Guide.

In letters to President Bush and the leaders of the House and Senate Commerce-Justice-State Appropria-tions Subcommittees, the associations urge funding to MEP be restored "to prevent the further dismantling of this valuable resource to America's manufacturers."

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps the nation's 355,000 small manufacturers adopt new technologies, processes and business practices and improve the productivity and competitiveness of American manufacturing. The MEP network is made up of more than 1,800 professionals working in 400 offices nationwide and in Puerto Rico.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.




Karen Spencer, Clinkenbeard's quality manager, discusses what makes the plant stand out, advice for other plants, and looks to the future.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine


2015 May

The May 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes articles on cloud technologies, depth gages, ISO 9001, digital inspection and cool new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Topics to Talk About

What topics would you like to see Quality cover more?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook2015_40 twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png