Since 1988, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has been committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing. MEP’s strategic objective is to create value for all manufacturers, with a particular focus on small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs represent nearly 99% of manufacturing firms in the U.S. Each state has at least one MEP Center to serve the evolving needs of manufacturers. Indiana's MEP, hosted by Purdue University, is the sole Center in the state. The Indiana MEP supports manufacturers by providing solutions in the areas of growth, innovation, technology, and continuous improvement.
MEP delivers a high return on investment. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $17 in new sales and $24 in new client investment. This translates into $2.3 billion in new sales annually. Indiana's MEP Center has a proven track record, as demonstrated on page two.
The data below demonstrates the importance of state funding in the success and breadth of the Center.
Indiana's Manufacturing Economy
Manufacturing is a vital component to Indiana's economy, as demonstrated by the following information.