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West Virginia Supply Chain Optimization & Intelligence Network

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The manufacturing process for any product relies on access to essential materials. However, sourcing rare resources or navigating complex supply chains can be challenging. The WVU Industrial Extension understands these difficulties, especially when striving for American-made standards or reducing the impact of international shipping.

What is supplier scouting?

This formal program connects companies to domestic manufacturers to build their supply chain. It also connects West Virginia manufacturers to other companies that need your services. Supplier matchmaking promotes domestic manufacturing and reshoring. The MEP National Network™ has manufacturing experts in each state. Through Supplier Scouting, the network becomes a powerful and positive force on behalf of local companies.

The WVU Industrial Extension Supplier Scouting Program can help you:

  • Identify the needs and trends of specific supply chains.
  • Provide a step-by-step roadmap to help you address risk.
  • Increase visibility and create opportunity – as a supplier or in developing your own supply chain for the parts and processing you need.

Cost of Service

Our services are provided free of charge thanks to the authorization under the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

This pilot program empowers the MEP National Network™ to offer specialized services focused on supply chain resiliency.

Program Overview

The Supplier Scouting Program, by the MEP National Network™, provides practical solutions for U.S. manufacturers. This program aims to keep millions of dollars in supply chain production within the U.S. by linking your organization with appropriate domestic suppliers, even those that are unique or hard to find.

How to get started

  1. Complete the Supplier Scouting Assistance Discovery intake form.
  2. Your inquiry will be forwarded to WVU Industrial Extension’s Supply Chain Program Manager.
  3. Your information will be matched to potential suppliers statewide and within the MEP National Network™.

For more information, contact David Carrick.