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4 Supporting Supply Chains and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Pages 25-30

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From page 25...
... Susan Helper of Case Western Reserve University identified a number of challenges facing the domestic supply chain, from its hollowing out due to the transfer of manufacturing activities overseas, to the effects of previous manufacturing extension partnerships that focused on the supply chain at the firm level and not at a higher level, to firms' preferences for buying supplies on the basis of unit cost rather than quality or level of technology investment by the supplier. Comments by several speakers offered insights on the contributions of Manufacturing USA to supporting SMEs.
From page 26...
... Recognizing M-7's work with in situ measurement technology development, America Makes nominated the firm for a national defense manufacturing award. Although M-7 did not win, its contest participation brought the firm increased visibility from potential partners, and it was later invited to participate in a project call for the maintenance and sustainability efforts of the U.S.
From page 27...
... Schrank said that his research suggested that the MEP program, already usually productive and yielding large returns on investment, is even more productive when the MEP agent serves as an institutional entrepreneur who builds networks within the industrial ecosystem. He characterized two models of supply chain delivery by MEP agents: a "catalyst brokerage" system where the agent works closely with a small or medium-sized manufacturer and deepens ties with them over time while bringing in additional parties like private consultants, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations to help meet the client's needs; and a "middle-man" system where the MEP agent removes him- or herself after the initial contact with the client and moves onto other clients.
From page 28...
... Ira Moskowitz of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) discussed challenges of involving SMEs in Manufacturing USA, even though the vast majority of manufacturing firms in Massachusetts are SMEs.
From page 29...
... FIGURE 4-1 Examples of efforts by the Massachusetts Technology Cooperative to encourage SME partnerships. SOURCE: Presentation by Ira Moskowitz, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, at the November 14, 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on Revisiting the Manufacturing USA Institutes.

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