On January 1st, 2016, the WCMP became the official NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center for Wisconsin. The NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a national network with thousands of specialists trained to help small-and medium-sized manufacturers increase innovation, profitability, and competitiveness. The MEP system employs a framework focused on five critical areas: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce, and continuous improvement. Experienced MEP specialists engage this framework to help small- and medium-size manufacturers develop new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products. The available services help manufacturers tackle both short- and long-term issues, including strategic planning, workforce development, business growth, and operational excellence.