Manufacturing Excellence

For Tennessee manufacturers seeking to improve processes and performance, the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides industry-leading experience to create solutions that result in a high performing factory with accelerating improvement and profitability.

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CONNEX™ Tennessee is a powerful online capabilities and connectivity platform that enables  manufacturers toconnex find additional suppliers or to become a supplier to others.

This state-of-the-art platform is provided through the UT CIS Tennessee Manufacturing Extension program as a no-cost resource for Tennessee manufacturers.

Whether you’re a large OEM or small supplier, the CONNEX Tennessee platform benefits you by combining Tennessee manufacturer and supplier data into a searchable, scouting database to better connect manufacturers, provide supply chain visualizations, and display workforce and R&D efforts within a region. Moreover, this platform will enable you to adapt more successfully to changing market demands, assess supply chain risk, find new qualified suppliers and contract opportunities, connect to state manufacturing resources, and ultimately discover new business opportunities.


mepThe Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership (TMEP) housed within the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services is part of a National Network of resource centers funded by the Department of Commerce. The MEP National Network's mission is to strengthen and empower U.S. manufacturers. According to clients surveyed in FY 2021, the MEP National Network helped U.S. manufacturers achieve $14.4 billion in new and retained sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helped to create and retain 125,746 U.S. manufacturing jobs