MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Economic Impact



The Manufacturers Resource Center is a member of the MEP National Network of manufacturing resource centers.  The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

Focused on helping small and mid-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

The MEP Center in Pennsylvania is (PA MEP) and is comprised of seven PA Industrial Resource Centers (PA IRC Network).  MRC serves five counties in mid-eastern PA that include Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Carbon and Schuylkill counties.  In 2020, the Economic Impact of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Extension Partnership (PA MEP), based on third-party client surveys, was $606.3M in Total Increased/Retained Sales; 5,566 Total Increased /Retained Jobs; $140.2M in New Client Investments; and $68.8M in Cost Savings.   

With the support of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), MRC clients and those of our outstanding PA IRC Network, team members and clients are playing a key role in moving our regional manufacturers forward. Please take three minutes to learn more about the size, strength and resiliency of our manufacturing base here in PA!

MRC Infographic of 2021 Economic Impact

infographic of IRC Network 2021 Client Engagement Impact