The battle among states for corporate investment is getting considerable attention today among state and local officials, business groups and in the media. Despite the pitfalls in trying to lure companies across borders with tax incentives or cash, as long as high-wage jobs are in play, there will always be competition, even between friendly neighbors. There is, however, another, more important, side to the story.
A highly effective national program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is a network of nonprofit organizations in every state whose sole focus is to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. Here in the Midwest, experts in our respective MEP centers work with one another to boost manufacturing productivity and efficiency. For example, we’ll help a steel producer shorten the time it takes to change from one production line to another, increasing responsiveness to their customer. Our specialists are strategically located and they have real manufacturing experience.