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MANTEC is inviting South Central PA based US small-and medium-sized manufacturers to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance services that directly support the manufacturer’s ability to recover from the coronavirus.

Since March, MANTEC has mobilized its Manufacturing Network to respond to the needs of Pennsylvania manufacturers through the COVID-19 pandemic. “As South Central Pennsylvania’s go-to resource for a thriving manufacturing industry, we are committed to assisting small and medium-sized manufacturers,” said John W. Lloyd President and CEO for MANTEC. “MANTEC is here to help with technical assistance, training, and consulting services to help manufacturers survive, restart, and prosper beyond today’s challenges.”

The services are funded through the Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. MANTEC’s Federal Network, National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) was allocated $50 million through the Emergency Assistance Program to disperse through the nationwide system.

“For more than 30 years, NIST MEP has supported U.S. manufacturing and built a national network that can immediately reach over a third of U.S. manufacturers,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Walter G. Copan. “The NIST MEP centers have the expertise to help client companies make the products needed to fight this pandemic, and to help manufacturers across the supply chain weather this storm.”

The investment through the NIST MEP Emergency Assistance Program will support investments in a wide range of manufacturing activities. Examples of project services through CARES Act Recovery Assistance include:
• Market Diversification plans
• Operational Improvement plans
• Supply chain risk assessments
• Upskilling new and returning employees through online training
• Cybersecurity vulnerability scans
• Business continuity planning
• Automation
• Manufacturing Technology

Eligible recipients include manufacturers, producers, and value-add processors in agriculture, food and beverage, aerospace products and parts, wood and paper products, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and medicine manufacturing, maritime, clean technology, and more. The opportunity to attain support will remain open until the funding supporting the services is no longer available. There is no formal application process– a facility’s inquiry into getting the services starts with a no-cost COVID-19 Impact Questionnaire.

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