help revitalize the domestic railway manufacturing sector, support Obama
Administration’s historic investments in transportation and create jobs
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
today announced a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic
manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers through transportation
Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will help to
ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT)
strict “Buy America” and “Buy American” standards, connecting U.S.
manufacturers and suppliers for work on highways, railways and transit
projects, and in the process help to create jobs.
in transportation is a critical piece of President Obama’s American Jobs Act,”
said Secretary LaHood. “Not only are we improving how we move people and
goods, but we are strengthening our economy by providing opportunities for
American companies and their employees to build our transportation system here
a network in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP serves more than 34,000
American suppliers, helping them to retool their manufacturing capabilities to
meet demand, compete in the global marketplace and sell American-made products
all over the world.
initiative is a win for workers and communities across America,” said Acting
Secretary Blank. “The Manufacturing Extension Partnership will connect U.S.
manufacturers and suppliers with hundreds of millions of dollars in upcoming
highway, railway, and airport projects, providing new job opportunities in
every corner of the country.”
will leverage over 1,300 expert manufacturing assistance field staff in over
350 locations to provide knowledge of local manufacturing capabilities from
across the nation. MEP will identify suppliers’ production and technical
capabilities to match them up with viable business opportunities that may have
otherwise gone to foreign suppliers, ensuring maximum economic benefit for
taxpayer-funded transportation investments across all modes.