CONNSTEP Announces New Supply Chain Optimization Program

(Hartford, CT, July 19, 2023) – CONNSTEP, the Connecticut Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, announced today that it has received a funding award from the NIST Hollings MEP to support the creation of a database for the Connecticut Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) program.


This is a two-year program with a goal to improve the resiliency of supply chain companies with less than 500 employees and to provide a model to build capabilities in the MEP National Network for supply chain optimization.


NIST MEP Director Pravina Raghavan stated “Supply chain shortages are due to a lack of supply chain capacity. To address this issue, we’re creating an information system that lays out all the suppliers across various industries. This way, we can connect small suppliers to more opportunities in the supply chain.”


CONNSTEP’s efforts for the program include mapping current supplier capabilities and capacity to identify opportunities for expansion, making use of supplier scouting tools to connect Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with domestic suppliers and identify gaps in their network, and developing a scalable advisory program that will train professionals to deliver services designed to improve manufacturers resiliency.


For more information about the program, contact CONNSTEP’s project manager Eric Wright at


About CONNSTEP: A member of the MEP National Network, CONNSTEP is a manufacturing consultancy firm serving small-to-medium sized companies, implementing advanced business and technical solutions, and workforce strategies, that help organizations grow, improve profitability, and create sustainable competitive advantages.