The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) formed a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. Suppliers through transportation investments.
DOT is responsible for compliance with "Buy America" or "Buy American" requirements to ensure that certain transportation projects are built with U.S. made products. NIST MEP will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation's “Buy America” and “Buy American standards connecting U.S. manufacturers and suppliers for work on intermodal transportation in the Unites States and in the process to help create jobs.
With a network in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP serves more than 34,000 American suppliers, helping them to retool their manufacturing capabilities to meet demand, compete in the global marketplace and sell American-made products all over the world.
MEP will leverage over 1,300 expert manufacturing assistance field staff in over 350 locations to provide knowledge of local manufacturing capabilities from across the nation. MEP will identify suppliers’ production and technical capabilities to match them up with viable business opportunities that may have otherwise gone to foreign suppliers, ensuring maximum economic benefit for taxpayer-funded transportation investments across all modes.