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Ohio MEP Small Manufacturing Enterprises Initiative - Northeast Ohio

Jeff Shick, Director
[email protected] 

The new Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority offers specialized assistance and high-end business consulting to manufacturers, product and technology-based companies, like research and development or testing firms, as well as individual inventors.

The core program initiatives are:

  • Continuous Improvement and Modernization: assess and support existing companies to change business and production operations
  • Inventors and Prototyping: help individuals, companies, academia and research and development labs find and follow through on a path for product development leading to commercialization
  • Partnering and Commercialization: planning support and networking for licensing technology in our out, capital access, manufacturing partners and more

The Goal is to Improve and Innovate the Economy of Northeastern Ohio!

Technical Initiatives that Will Begin That Work Effort:

  • Initiate regional assessments and make linkages to economic development community
  • Initiate and maintain outreach and education as to the OHIO MEP and other technology-based resources for SMEs that lead to partner relationships
  • Collaborate with those partners to provide companies with assessments and counseling
  • Make touches to 300 companies in Northeast Ohio this fiscal year
  • Initiate 50 assessments and other projects this fiscal year

The United States Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollins Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provide a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put maufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products.


The OHio MEP provides companies with services and access to public and private resources that help them identify opportunities for technology adoption, diversification, and growth. Small manufacturers in Ohio can receive cost-improvement services such as LEAN, Six Sigma, Human Resource planning, financial planning and business coaching through the TechSolve and MAGNET partnerships with Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers, community colleges and local Small Business Administration centers. These partnerships leverage all the assets of the Ohio Department of Development, allowing the Ohio MEP to reach more manufacturers.

As the Ohio MEP Center for the national NIST MEP program, they serve as the one stop shop for information regarding technical and business assistance that small- and medium-sized manufacturers can receive from our various partners and grantees located throughout the State of Ohio. Ohio's industrial portfolio is diverse and innovative, but in today's global economy, we must constantly innovate products and processes to ensure future economic growth and prosperity.

Ohio MEP in collaboration with all Ohio Technology-Based Economic Development Programs, implements programs to establish regional and statewide clusters of innovation that sustain Ohio's global comparative advantages for product development, company growth, manufacturing competitiveness, and job creation.