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Nebraska Manufacturing Gets Boost from Fed

Nebraska capitol building. Nebraska manufacturing.The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will establish a new Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Nebraska. This award will provide up to $600,000 in one year to help Nebraska’s small and medium-sized manufacturers.

The award will be used to “enhance productivity, innovative capacity, technological performance and global competitiveness” according to a press release at the MEP.

Proposals are currently being accepted through June 10, 2013 for U.S.-based nonprofit institutions, including universities, state, and local governments and existing MEP centers.

The new Nebraska center will join an existing network of more than 400 MEP centers and field offices that provide services to manufacturers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The MEP centers services are provided using cost-effective, local, leveraged resources. The services are coordinated by regionally based MEP centers and local technology resources. Then the management and operation of each MEP center is based on the characteristics of the manufacturers in the region.

From the press release: “For every one dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates nearly $20 in new sales growth and $20 in new client investment. This translates into $2.5 billion in new sales annually. For every $2,100 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job.”

So you can bet that the investment by the federal government in Nebraska manufacturing will create more jobs. If the MEP’s estimates are correct, this will mean 285 jobs either created or retained within the state and $12 million in new sales growth.

In short, it’s a good time to be a student on the fast track to getting skills that can be applied to manufacturing. Within the state of Nebraska, there will likely be high-paying jobs for you to find employment, and the skills you receive can land you a job nearly anywhere throughout the country.

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