NEPIRC, an affiliate of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, and the American Small Manufacturers Coalition have partnered with UPS to bring substantial freight savings to small and mid-sized manufacturers.

By becoming a Friend of MEP, manufacturers can receive at least a 70% discount on UPS LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipping. To date, participating companies have reported average savings of over $500 per shipment under this program.

This discount would apply to any LTL freight shipments between 150 to 20,000 pounds that are inbound and billed collect to your company, outbound and prepaid by your company or billed to your company as a third party.

A toll-free number has been established to help companies take advantage of this savings plan, get free rate quotes or get answers to any questions. Interested companies can simply call 866-443-9303 Ext. 4080 or send an email to

Companies wishing to immediately enroll can CLICK HERE to jump to the sign-up form. Please enter NEPIRC in the form’s “MEP Assistance Center” field.