Compiled by Frank Salazar, SBDCNet Researcher
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Statistics and Trends

Manufacturing Best Practices and Government Resources:

Best Manufacturing Practices – a source of information for best practices in manufacturing.

Trade Adjustment Centers a listing of programs which assist manufacturers severely impacted by international trade.

National Institute of Standards & Technology. NIST’s mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in four cooperative programs:

  • NIST Laboratories, conducting research that advances the nation’s technology infrastructure and is needed by U.S. industry to continually improve products and services;
  • Baldrige National Quality Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, and health care providers; conducts outreach programs and manages the annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes performance excellence and quality achievement;
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; and
  • Advanced Technology Program, which accelerates the development of innovative technologies for broad national benefit by co-funding R&D partnerships with the private sector.

Technology Transfer Information Center Informational links prepared by the National Agricultural Library.

SBA SBIR/STTR innovation research and technology transfer information.

Thomas Register – directory of manufacturing firms. Good source for contract and prototype manufacturing.

Manufacturing Information by Industry (Selected Industries):

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