One Partner.

Multiple Service Solutions.

The MEP at Columbus State is a full-service solutions provider for Central Ohio manufacturers. From consulting and product development to education and talent acquisition, we partner with you to grow your business. Contact us today to learn more
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Funded in part by grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Ohio Development Services Agency — and with financial support from Columbus State Community College — the MEP at Columbus State is part of a national public-private Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. The MEP at Columbus State combines the power of Ohio’s own MEP with workforce integration and consulting expertise from Columbus State.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at Columbus State serves the 12-county Central Ohio region. Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties are part of our purview. The current map can be found here.

The MEP at Columbus State is a core piece of Central Ohio and our entire region’s economic development ecosystem.
In 2018, the MEP centers across the country worked with more than 27,700 manufacturers leading to $16 billion in sales, $1.7 billion in cost savings, $4 billion in new client investments, and the creation or retention of more than 122,000 jobs.
The MEP at Columbus State was thrilled to join that network in late 2019.

Who do we work with?

The MEP at Columbus State works with small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMMEs) located in Central Ohio. Why? Because Ohio’s economy is driven by manufacturing, accounting for $104.6 billion of the state’s $676.1 billion economy and 14.9 percent of private-sector employment in Ohio.

SMMEs are an engine of economic growth, but often have difficulty identifying new growth opportunities, optimizing supply chains, recruiting, educating and retaining quality employees, and can lack the resources required to drive product innovation and technology advancement.

The MEP at Columbus State is your partner to meet these SMME challenges head-on, grow your business and workforce, and create new and innovative products, all while supporting Ohio’s overall economic development.

We work with SMMEs such as ALERIS, Tigerpoly Manufacturing, Inc., Hyperion Materials & Technologies, FRANKE, and PK Controls to find new markets, growing and developing the workforce needed to drive their business development and expansion.

Work with Our Experts
The MEP at Columbus State is led by a talented group of manufacturing, technology, and business experts and analysts with extensive experience in building businesses, developing breakthroughs for manufacturers, and creating tailored educational solutions to meet companies’ workforce needs.
Meet Our Partners
The MEP at Columbus State not only utilizes the extensive resources found at Columbus State Community College, but partners with local and regional academic institutions, economic development organizations, and manufacturing service providers to deliver a complete set of high-value services and solutions to SMMEs in Central Ohio.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the MEP at Columbus State?

Columbus State Community College has served manufacturing businesses for nearly 50 years. Today, the MEP at Columbus State, a regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership, serves as a full-service solutions provider for Central Ohio manufacturers, offering consulting and product development, education, and workforce development programs. We partner with you to grow your business as a high-value catalyst for driving profitability, productivity, and innovation in manufacturing.

How do you help Central Ohio manufacturers?

The MEP at Columbus State offers a wide range of consulting, hands-on, and classroom education programs to help manufacturers grow, succeed, and become more profitable businesses. From HR and technical talent development, business quality assessments and education, to process innovation, business model analysis, strategy, growth planning, and more, the MEP at Columbus State works with manufacturers to create and implement the right programs to help grow your manufacturing business.

What region do you serve?

The MEP at Columbus State can serve the nearly 1,900 manufacturers – across multiple industries – located in the 12-county Central Ohio region.

How much do MEP at Columbus State services cost?

We work with each manufacturing business to determine your individual needs, delivering a high-value service and solution that will help you accomplish your goals.

How do I work with the MEP at Columbus State?

If you are a Central Ohio manufacturer looking to grow your business, contact the MEP at Columbus State today and we’ll be in touch to discuss the best solutions to meet your needs.

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Whether you have a question about the services we offer, or want to work with us, we’d love to hear from you.