Skip to main content

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
2024-017 Tempered Glass, 3.2MM thick; cut to size 2/26/2024
2024-019 Investment Casting (Hadfield Manganese steel) for Machinery  3/24/2024
2024-021 120 kw Solar Inverter (BABA Compliant, Specs Provided) 2/23/2024
2024-022 Solar Inverter (BABA Compliant, Specs Provided) 2/23/2024
2024-023 Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (BABA Requirements) 2/23/2024
2024-024 Titration Instrument 3/24/2024
2024-025 Various Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Machines including: APAP, BPAP, VAPS, and ASV Machines (Tech Requirements Provided) 3/01/2024
2024-026 Final Assembly of BioMetric ID Badges including Overmold or Cold Press Capability 3/01/2024
2024-028 Plastic Buckets with Handle and Lockable Lid (Blow or Injection Molded) - 90 Mil High Density Polyethylene 3/01/2024
2024-029 Heat Exchangers (water to air) - Copper Tube, Alum Fin - meet BABA requirements 2/01/2025
2024-030 Fan Assembly for Appliances (fan rotor, fan motor, casing) 2/01/2025
2024-032 15,5KV-362KV Circuit Breakers 3/08/2024
2024-033 Non-Dairy (Oat Milk) Processing and Bottling 3/08/2024
2024-035 Clear Renewable/Recycled/Upcycled Plastic Tote Bag 2/28/2024
2024-036 Standard Roll of 50/50 (Polyester/Rayon) Absorbent Material 3/08/2024
2024-037 Organic Yarn 3/09/2024
2024-042 Non-Dairy (Oat Milk) Processing and Bottling - Start Up 3/15/2024
2024-043 X-Ray Detectable Thread (extruded PVC medium with Barium Sulfate) 3/15/2024
2024-044 Two Multi-Tasking 5-Axis Mill Turning Centers (Specs and Dims. Provided) 3/15/2024
2024-045 Dehydrated Food manufacturer 3/15/2024
2024-046 Synthetic Fiber Raw Material for Hair Manufacturing (Specs Provided) 3/15/2024
2024-047 HEPA Filters for Laser Cutting Machines (particle filter @99,97% to 0.3 microns) 3/22/2024
2024-048 Remote Avalanche Control Tower and Communication Systems (BABA Required) 3/02/2024
2024-049 100% Recycled Polyester Waffle Beanie 3/22/2024


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.


Questions? Contact

Return to main content

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, 550 Congressional Blvd., Suite 140, Carmel, IN 46032, (317) 275-6810

© 2023 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact Manufacturing Extension Partnership at