Next Generation Rail Supply Chain
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) encouraged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to form a partnership to leverage the nationwide MEP network to cultivate a domestic supply base to support next generation rail transportation in the U.S. The focus of the partnership is to attract and identify U.S. companies that can manufacture components needed for the next generation rail system. DOT introduced the next generation rail procurement opportunities in 2012 and has set the goal of 100 percent domestic content in the manufacture of next-generation rail equipment.

Opportunities exist for Small Manufacturers in Next Generation Rail Supply Chain. More than 30 locomotive and rail car manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, have committed to establish or expand their base of operations in the United States – to build America’s next generation high-speed rail lines.

The Next Generation Rail Supply Chain Connectivity efforts will help connect small manufacturers with those committed locomotive and rail car manufacturers and will give them the opportunity to see how they could be part of the domestic supply chain for next generation rail. NIST MEP will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “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.

Buy American Supplier Scouting
Buy American Supplier Scouting is a collaboration of federal agencies and MEP to scout for U.S. manufacturing capabilities to support the Buy American Provisions of federal funding programs, including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The provision generally states that, subject to certain exceptions, when appropriated funds purchase manufactured goods for use in certain federally-funded projects, those goods must be manufactured in the U.S.

The program is designed to bring business opportunities to small U.S. manufacturers with specific capabilities and capacities. In response to the supply chain needs of federal agency and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners, MEP leverages its vast knowledge of local manufacturer capabilities to identify and pre-qualify supplier capabilities and capacities, and provide assistance to suppliers as needed.

Collaborating with federal agencies, MEP developed processes that leverage its network of manufacturing specialists in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to explore the U.S. manufacturing landscape in search of certain American made products needed for projects that are subject to Buy American provisions. When project awardees have difficulty satisfying the Buy American provisions – typically because they can’t find American companies to make the products they need – they submit waiver requests to their federal funding agency. MEP’s role is reviewing the requested waivered items, and finding suitable U.S. made products.

Keep It Made In Northeastern PA
Keep It Made In Northeastern PA is an initiative of NEPIRC to recognize manufacturers who produce products within the Region and employ more than 41,000 people.

NEPIRC would like to recognize the contributions of manufacturers in this region and feature those companies that have contributed to the growth of the economy, are customer focused and forward thinking, strive to create jobs, continuously improving their productivity, and desire to grow and compete both locally and globally.

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