The federal government has awarded $1.4 million to the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership to support local small and medium sized manufacturing businesses.
The Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg houses the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The $1,375,686 award is designed to create jobs and expand and develop programs and services to keep local manufacturing businesses competitive and protective.
“Revitalizing American manufacturing is key to creating good-paying jobs, supporting local businesses, and growing our economy. That’s why we fought to pass the CHIPS and Science Act, and why we worked to secure federal dollars like these to support Maryland’s local manufacturers,” explained U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey, who are all Democrats in Maryland.
“We will continue to invest in producing more in America to help drive our economy forward, grow our workforce, and unleash our Made-in-America innovation boom to keep our state and our nation at the cutting edge,” the legislators said in a news release.
The extension partnership program began in 1988. According to the news release, since 2013, the partnership has resulted in a $2 billion economic impact and added 8,000 jobs in the Maryland manufacturing sector.