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Supplier Scouting Network

As a NIST MEP–approved Center, Purdue MEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Indiana. Through this network known as the MEP National Network (MEPNN), Purdue MEP is able to leverage the MEPNN's extensive relationships and knowledge of U.S. manufacturing capabilities and capacity to identify manufacturers across the country that can meet supply chain needs of commercial entities and government agencies.

Purdue MEP is able to connect U.S. manufacturers that have relevant production capabilities and capacities with other manufacturers – enabling them to fulfill current market and societal needs. We can then assist those manufacturers in actually delivering needed products.

MEPNN Supplier Scouting Process

The MEPNN Supplier Scouting process is straight-forward and easy for the requesting company or federal government agency. 

For those companies with a supplier need:

  • Companies with supply chain needs can download and complete a Supplier Scouting Opportunity Synopsis form. The completed form will need to be returned to
  • NIST MEP disseminates the information to MEP Centers in every state and Puerto Rico to conduct a nationwide search for U.S. manufacturers with the capabilities and business interests to supply the needed item.
  • The results are summarized by NIST MEP and reported to the organization that submitted the request. MEPNN Supplier Scouting typically takes 30-45 days to return results.

For those companies with manufacturing capacity to produce items in the Open Supplier Scouting Opportunities:

  • Review the list of Open Supplier Scouting Opportunities below. 
  • If your company has the capacity to produce an item in the list below, download and complete a Supplier Scouting Submission Form. The completed form will need to be returned to
  • Your information will be submitted to NIST MEP as a potential match. 
  • The results are summarized by NIST MEP and reported to the organization that submitted the request. 
  • If identified to move forward, the original submitting organization will contact your company to review details and determine if a match is made. 

Open Supplier Scouting Opportunities

Opportunity Number Description Closing Date
2023-004 Level 2 EV Charger 1/05/2024
2023-005 DC Fast Charger 1/05/2024
2023-122 Drawn Copper Tubing 12/28/2023
2023-149 Plastics Extruder 1/09/2024
2023-153 Precast Girder Steel Parts 12/09/2023
2023-154 Textile or Laundry Company 12/09/2023
2023-155 Electrical Silver Contacts Rivets 12/01/2023
2023-156 Cardboard Retail Display 12/15/2023
2023-157 Benchtop Nanopore RNA/DNA Sequencer 12/15/2023
2023-158 Adhesive 12/30/2023
2023-159 Prebiotic Supplement Capsules 12/30/2023
2023-160 Toothpaste Tablets 12/15/2023
2023-161 Supplier of Titanium Investment Casting Capabilities 12/15/2023
2023-163 Chrome Plating on ABS Plastics – Mass Production 1/06/2024
2023-165 Natural Tree Rubber-Based Sponge for Fitness Mats 2/20/2024
2023-166 18" Cast Iron DOMESTIC Flap Gate 12/21/2023
2023-167 Polyester Wrapped Helical Wire Spring For Use In Medical Device 1/10/2024
2023-168 Components for Card Box/Cribbage Game 1/04/2024
2023-169 Hose Clamps - BABA Compliant 1/05/2024
2023-170 Steel Coils of Cold Drawn Steel 1/11/2024
2023-171 BABA Compliant Rooftop HVAC Units 1/05/2024
2023-172 40 CFR 1066 Compliant Exhaust Analytical Equipment 1/05/2024
2023-173 Membrane Filter for use in a Water Surface Treatment Plant 1/05/2024
2023-174 Model Rockets 1/05/2024
2023-175 Kala Namak (Black Salt) 1/05/2024
2023-176 Call for Suppliers - Large Scale Project 1/05/2024


Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America's Workers Mentions MEP

On January 25, 2021, The White House announced Executive Order (EO) 14005, called Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers. EO 14005 establishes a substantial role for the MEP National Network in the Biden Administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing.

“To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, agencies shall partner with the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), discussed in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Improvement Act (title V of Public Law 114-329), to conduct supplier scouting in order to identify American companies, including small- and medium-sized companies, that are able to produce goods, products, and materials in the United States that meet Federal procurement needs.”

You can read the full text of EO 14005 on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.

Click here for a description of the MEP National Network Supplier Scouting Program.


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