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Emergency funding to help manufacturers recover from Hurricane Harvey

NIST's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded funding to its centers in Texas and Louisiana to help companies recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The $3 million in funding will allow two of the MEP National Network Centers, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center  (TMAC) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana  (MEPOL), to identify and provide recovery support to small and medium-sized manufacturers who are suffering from physical damage to their facilities, labor shortages, and other disruptions caused by the storm and flooding.

Smaller manufacturers are often important suppliers in vital national supply chains. Helping them recover quickly will limit the repercussions felt up and down the supply chain and across the country. The MEP centers will identify obstacles keeping affected manufacturers from returning to normal operations and help them develop plans to recover. TMAC and MEPOL will also connect the businesses with appropriate federal, state and local resources that can further assist them in their business recovery efforts. 

Longer term, the centers will work with NIST to develop the best way to disseminate disaster preparedness information and best practices for what manufacturers should do before, during and after a disaster. This information will also be used by NIST and the MEP National Network to develop strategies that support recovery planning and risk mitigation for manufacturers across the United States.

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