$1.2M grant to support Mississippi manufacturing
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced a $1.2 million grant from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for a Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) program. The program will help improve the competitiveness of the state’s manufacturing sector.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant, totaling $1,218,682, will support the ongoing work of the MEP Center for Mississippi, an MMA-led initiative to benefit manufacturing operations in Mississippi through collaboration with community university and college programs.
“Manufacturing continues to grow as an economic powerhouse in Mississippi. This grant extends federal support for a Mississippi Manufacturing Association program aimed at ensuring that small and medium-sized businesses and the Mississippi workforce are able to meet changing market demands,” said Hyde. -Smith.
MMA will use the funds to continue to work primarily with small and medium manufacturers in the areas of sourcing, product design, automation, development and workforce planning and training, in addition to workplace and workforce modernization strategies.