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TMEP Receives Cooperative Agreement to Strengthen Supply Chain for Tennessee Manufacturers

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Authorized and funded by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has awarded $400,000 to the TMEP to develop programs to increase resiliency and efficiency of domestic supply chains. TMEP will utilize the funding to support the Tennessee manufacturing supply chain by providing dedicated resources to facilitate connections between entities with a specific supplier need and Tennessee companies with the capability to fulfill the needs. Additionally, Tennessee manufacturers will receive no cost access to CONNEX Tennessee. 

CONNEX Tennessee, the most advanced supply chain and manufacturing networking database tool ever assembled, connects the Tennessee and U.S. manufacturing supply chain, and promotes domestic sourcing. CONNEX drives collaboration between small manufacturers and suppliers to large primes, OEM’s and other buyers based on capabilities such as equipment, certifications, SBA designations, processes, and more. 

As a CONNEX Tennessee member your company gains access to a detailed directory of U.S. manufacturers and suppliers. This in-depth directory helps you source qualified domestic suppliers with the specific products, services, and manufacturing capabilities you need. The powerful interactive networking tools in CONNEX Tennessee let you find and be found across the local and national supply chain. Every day, large buyers are looking for manufacturers just like you. Creating and maintaining your manufacturing profile allows others to easily find you based on your manufacturing capabilities.

Key Features 

Quickly find qualified suppliers based on equipment, certifications, SBA designations, capabilities and more Easily discover new business opportunities and receive notification of RFI/RFQ/RFP’s that perfectly match your qualifications 

  • Visualize supply chain risks and alternate supplier suggestions 
  • Verify suppliers and manufacturers via U.S. Gov blacklists 
  • Showcase your company’s capabilities 
  • Reach over 140,000 manufacturers locally and nationally 

Tennessee Focused 

Sponsored by UT CIS, CONNEX Tennessee is available to all Tennessee manufacturers at no cost. Connex provides manufacturers immediate access to information about potential suppliers and customers within Tennessee, with results filtered to match your company’s specific needs.

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