Scouting Opportunities

Current MEP National Network™ Open Scouting Opportunities

Companies interested in being match with a current open opportunity follow the directions below:

  1. Review the below current scouting opportunities from around the country and Puerto Rico.
  2. If there is an opportunity you are interested in responding to, email your information to Be sure to include the following information in your email
  • Company Name
  • Primary Contact
  • Title 
  • Phone
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  • Website
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  • Services / Capabilities
  • Please note one of the pick one of the following options: 
    • We currently produce this exact item,
    • We currently manufacturer a similar item,
    • We have produced this item in the past and could produce it again,
    • We possess the capabilities to product this item.
    • We can product this item with minimal retooling

Your information will be submitted to NIST MEP to be delivered to the company seeking a supplier. If there is a match, they will contact you directly.

Current Open Opportunities


Roof insulation and Membrane Fastening Plate - NEW

  • Seeking roof insulation and membrane fastening plates that are comparable to plates produced by Johns Manville (see attached) and meet BABA requirements. Plates must fasten down Polyiso insulation and Thermoplastic Polyofin (TPO) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) membrane roofs. In accordance with FAR 10.002(b) (2) (i), this Supplier Scouting Opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research. This is not a Request for Proposal/Quotation and does not represent a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation/award a contract.
  • Use: Insulation, TPO and PVC Membranes Material: G-90 steel with proprietary coating Plate: 3.12" (7.9 cm) round Color: TPO = Yellow, PVC = Purple Deck Type: Wood, Steel, or Structural Concrete See attached for more info.
  • Needs to warranty comparable to comply to Johns Manville's warranty.
  • Needs to meet engineering specs for wind uplift and water proofing standards.
  • Posted: 2/28/2024; Closes: 03/14/2024

Global Analyzer System - NEW

  • Device should be comparable to Global Analyzer Systems Direct Optics Dual-Channel Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) NO2-NOx-NO Analyzer: A state-of-the-art instrument designed to directly measure the criteria pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO) known to affect human health. With our advanced spectroscopic technique innovations, this CRDS instrument enables precise and real time measurement of NO concentrations in ambient air. Trace level real-time direct NO measurement; Trace level real-time direct NO measurement; Interference-free NO measurement; High temporal resolution (1 second); No purge volumes/lag time. In accordance with FAR 10.002(b) (2) (i), this Supplier Scouting Opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research. This is not a Request for Proposal/Quotation and does not represent a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation/award a contract.
  • BABA - Buy American Act Waiver
  • his is a Simplified Acquisition, which has a shorter lead time to completion than an action over $250,000.00. It is expected that this requirement will be awarded within the next 30 days, and any timely scouting (requested completed within 15 days from submission) would be appreciated to align with Simplified Acquisition requirements for posting and the Buy American Act Waiver process. In accordance with FAR 10.002(b) (2) (i), this Supplier Scouting Opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research. This is not a Request for Proposal/Quotation and does not represent a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation/award a contract.
  • Posted: 02/28/2024: Closes: 03/14/2024

Grade 420 Stainless Steel - NEW

  • 420 stainless steel coil Sample dimensions: .035 x .625 .030 X .5625
  • Heat treated to HRC 50-52 2B Finish - Considered the most widely used surface finish, 2B is the basis for most polished and brushed finishes. Such common stainless steel grades as 201, 304, 304L and 316L come in a standard 2B finish. #3 Slit Edge Both sides of the coil must be clear of pits/scratches Tolerances: - Width: +/- .005 - Thickness: +/- .0025
  • Volume: Depending on the SKU, 5000 lbs. per year - 30,000 lbs. per year.
  • Expected cost: Currently paying around $10.50 per lb., plus freight. We would like to be below that if possible.
  • Posted: 02/29/2024; Closes: 03/15/2024

Cotton Bales - NEW

  • 50% Cotton Comber Fiber Blend-50% High Q No. 1 Cotton Bleached Virgin Fiber to be run through lint master. US Grown only.
  • Cotton baled and packaged in reinforced polyethylene.
  • 500 lb bales.
  • Certified to U.S. Pharmacopeia.
  • Posted: 02/29/2024; Closes: 03/21/2024

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System - NEW

  • Solar PV System for two locations. (Riverside and Hemet, California) In accordance with FAR 10.002(b) (2) (i), this Supplier Scouting Opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research. This is not a Request for Proposal/Quotation and does not represent a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation/award a contract.
  • BABA compliant
  • Supplier to determine panel dimensions and performance specifications following assessment of both facilities.
  • Solar inverters, optimizers, and panels/modules. Supplier to determine additional materials as needed.
  • Compliant with State and City regulations.
  • Posted: 02/28/2024; Closes: 03/29/2024

Rugged Data Logger - NEW

  • Rugged data loggers that can be deployed for long periods of time in water to measure level, temperature and conductivity. Must be equal to or better than the Solinst Levelogger 5 LTC.
  • BABA compliant
  • No larger than 12"x4" Please see attached document for additional information.
  • Posted: 02/28/2024; Closes: 03/29/2024

Spindle Shaft - NEW

  • Spindle Shaft that will be used to rotate a drum.
  • Drawing available upon request.
  • Heat treat Hardness HrC 40-50 Length total 183.4 Largest diameter 39.5
  • Posted: 02/28/2024; Closes: 04/28/2024

 Circuit Breakers 

  • Procurement is to acquire 15.5-KV to 362-KV circuit breakers. A circuit breaker is an electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overcurrent/overload or short circuit. Its basic function is to interrupt current flow after protective relays detect a fault. Every substation has multiple circuit breakers. They are used on transmission lines, transformer lines, reactor banks, and capacitor banks.
  • Domestic End Product: BAA - FAR provide a two-part test for determining if a product qualifies as a domestic end product: (i) must be manufactured in the United States, and (ii) more than 55 percent of the cost of all the component parts are US.
  • Materials: 1. Full breaker assembly and test 2. Control and Mechanism Cabinets 3. Operating Mechanism 4. Interrupter 5. Control panel 6. Insulators - Porcelains Composites 7. Bushing Mounted Current Transformers 8. Interrupter Tanks
  • Certifications: IEEE ISO ASTM A NEMA SG ANSI
  • The BAA and implementing regulations in the FAR provide a two-part test for determining if a product qualifies as a domestic end product: (i) the item must be manufactured in the United States, and (ii) more than 55 percent of the cost of all the component parts are manufactured in the United States.
  • Posted: 02/07/2024; Closes: 03/08/2024

Bottler of Non-dairy Self-serve Drinks

  • Working with nutritional oat-milk based drinks in various flavors. Need the identified manufacturer to have blending, standardization unit, homogenizer unit, pasteurization and packing & labeling capabilities required. All ingredients will be provided by requestor.
  • Description: Blending, homogenization and packing into single serve drink containers.
  • Industry approved six-ounce (160 - 180 ml) self-serve Aseptic packaging or Aluminum cans. Must be compatible with current convenance / market store shelving requirements.
  • Oat-milk based drinks in various flavors. All ingredients will be provided by requestor.
  • Volume: First year volume is approximately 12 thousand single serving containers per year.
  • Posted: 02/07/2024; Closes: 03/08/2024

Absorbent material 

  • Material should be an absorbent made from a non-woven 50% polyester / 50% rayon.
  • The material can be on a standard roll. The roll will be shipped to our converter that will then covert to narrow widths. If material is already produced in widths of approx., 3’ wide rolls, that will be acceptable. It should be a nonwoven that is 50/50 polyrayon. It needs to be some integrity so that it doesn’t come apart when in contact with water or body fluids. Equivalent blends will be considered if 50/50 polyrayon is not readily available.
  • Product will be Ethylene Oxide (EO) or gamma sterilized.
  • Material can be USA manufactured or manufactured in a Trade Agreements Act (TAA) country preferably in the western hemisphere.
  • Volume: 125,000 yards per month of 4” wide material.
  • Posted: 02/07/2024; Closes: 03/08/2024

Organic Yarn

  • Dyed, combed, ring spun cotton yarn on 8 oz tubes, 1 lb cones or 5 lb cones. MOQ ideally less than 15 lb per color. Weight of yarn: 8/2* and 6/2*. *X/Y yarn: X is the weight of the yarn, Y is the number of plies. Generally the 8/2 has 3200-3360 yards per pound.
  • Ideally, the yarn should be 8 oz tubes or 1 pound cones or 5 pound cones. Weight of the yarn should be 8/2* and 6/2*. *X/Y yarn: X is the weight of the yarn, Y is the number of plies. Generally the 8/2 has 3200-3360 yards per pound.
  • Cotton and dyes. Ideally cotton that is US grown. Would like it to be organic, if possible.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard ( is the most common certification.
  • Posted: 02/08/2024; Closes: 03/09/2024

Bottling of Oat Milk Based Drinks 

  • Process to have blending, homogenization and packing ingredients supplied by the requester and meeting all current FDA standards.
  • Plant based beverage for Immunity – basic ingredients are spices, herbs, oil, etc. to be supplied by requester.
  • Ingredient Particle size – 2 microns or smaller Homogenizer Pressure – 350 to 500 lbs. Volume per unit would be approximately 6 liquid ounces (160 – 180ml).
  • As per Food industry / FDA requirements
  • Initial small sample runs to validate capacity. Test run size negotiable. With full scale production about 12 thousand per year
  • USDA approved Aseptic packaging or Aluminum cans
  • Compatible with current Convenience / Market stores shelving requirements 
  • Posted 02/14/24; Closes: 03/15/24

X-ray Detectable Thread 

  • The “thread” is Barium Sulfate (BaSO4) PVC extruded thread. A radiopaque compound. This is for medical use. Could be used inside the body.
  • 1/8” or wide. Can be on a roll. It’s probably a standard size. We do not want anything custom.
  • Extruded PVC medium with Barium Sulfate.
  • Posted: 02/14/2024; Closes: 03/15/2024

Multi-Tasking 5-Axis Mill Turning Center 

  • Two multi-tasking 5-Axis Mill Turning Centers is necessary to permit precise, high-quality manufacturing, and IT sustainability with regards to C1-Axis positioning, tool set up, control software, training, and accuracy. Market Research In accordance with FAR 10.002(b) (2) (i), this Supplier Scouting Opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research. This is not a Request for Proposal/Quotation and does not represent a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation/award a contract.
  • Posted: 02/14/24; Closes: 03/15/2024

Dehydrated Food Co-Manufacturer 

  • Gluten-free, USDA Inspected co-manufacturer that specializes in making soup, stews curries, etc. and has the capacity to dehydrate, package and assemble shelf stable meals.
  • Taking raw materials such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats to create kettle cooked soups, stews, curries, etc. Once product is fully cooked, it is then transferred into a dehydrator that holds the product temperature at 165 for 8 to 12 hours depending on the product. The fully dehydrated, water activity verified product is then transferred into bins, where the product is broken into 1/4 inch pieces. From there, the fully dehydrated meal is portioned into 4 oz servings and deposited into stand up pouches. Product is then packed into cases and shipped to the customer in a shelf stable format.
  • This facility needs to follow USDA approved Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and have the ability to track internal temperatures during the cook and dehydrating processes. Manufacturer needs to be able to verify water activity at the end of the dry cycle to ensure shelf stability and quality. The product then needs to be individually packed for sale in Mylar lined stand up pouches within a 5% tolerance.
  • Refrigeration, freezer capacity, steam jacketed kettles, exhaust hood, data loggers, commercial dehydrators, water activity meter, vibrational form fill, and lot tracking.
  • Price per unit depends on the product. Estimated per unit cost is <$5 landed at a rate of 100,000 units per year per produc
  • Posted: 02/14/2024; Closes: 03/15/2024

Synthetic Fibers 

  • Synthetic Fibers for raw materials required for hair manufacturing in the United States.
  • The production process is broken down into several key stages: polymer synthesis, spinning, drawing, texturing, and finishing. Each of these stages is crucial in determining the quality, durability, texture, and overall appearance of the synthetic hair. 1. Polymer Synthesis The first step in the manufacturing process is the synthesis of the polymer material that will be used to create the synthetic fibers. This involves chemical reactions that produce long chains of molecules, known as polymers, which form the basis of synthetic hair. For example, in the production of nylon (a common material for synthetic hair), the polymerization process involves reacting diamine acid with a dicarboxylic acid. The specific type of polymer used will influence the characteristics of the final product, such as its heat resistance, color, and texture. 2. Spinning Once the polymers are synthesized, they are melted and extruded through a spinneret to form strands of fiber. This process, known as spinning, can be conducted in various ways, including wet spinning, dry spinning, and melt spinning, depending on the type of polymer used. Wet spinning involves dissolving the polymer into a solvent and extruding it into a coagulation bath, where it solidifies into fibers. Dry spinning involves evaporating the solvent after extrusion, while melt spinning involves extruding the melted polymer directly into air or another medium where it cools and solidifies. 3. Drawing After spinning, the fibers are drawn, which means they are stretched to align the polymer molecules within the fibers. This process increases their tensile strength and modifies their texture and luster. Drawing is typically done while the fibers are heated to make them more pliable. The degree to which the fibers are drawn affects their final properties; for example, highly drawn fibers are stronger and have a silkier appearance. 4. Texturing Texturing is applied to the fibers to give them a natural hair-like feel and appearance. This can be achieved through various methods, such as crimping, curling, or coiling the fibers. The texturing process not only affects the look of the synthetic hair but also its behavior, such as how it moves and reacts to styling. For fibers intended to mimic curly hair, the texturing process will involve creating tighter curls or coils. 5. Finishing The final step in the manufacturing process is finishing, where the fibers undergo treatments to add color, improve durability, and make them more resistant to heat and other environmental factors. This may include applying coatings that enhance the fiber's resistance to UV light, heat, and moisture. Additionally, the fibers can be cut to desired lengths and combined into wefts, braids, or other forms suitable for use in wigs, extensions, and other hair products. 6. Quality Control and Packaging Throughout the manufacturing process, rigorous quality control measures are in place to ensure that the synthetic fibers meet specific standards in terms of strength, elasticity, color, and texture. Once the fibers have passed quality control checks, they are packaged and prepared for distribution to manufacturers of synthetic hair products or directly to the market.
  • Diameter of Fibers: The thickness of synthetic hair fibers is a critical dimension, usually measured in deniers or micrometers (µm). Textured hair fibers tend to vary widely, from fine (around 20 micrometers in diameter) to coarse (up to 100 micrometers or more) to mimic different natural hair types. For instance, fibers intended to mimic fine, soft curls may be on the lower end of this range, while those replicating coarser textures may be thicker. Length: Synthetic hair for wigs and weaves can come in lengths ranging from a few inches to 30 inches or more. The chosen length depends on the desired style and the type of wig or weave. It’s common to offer a variety of lengths to cater to diverse styling needs. Diameter Tolerance: For synthetic fibers, maintaining a consistent diameter throughout the length of the fiber is crucial for uniformity. Tolerances might be within ±5% of the specified diameter to ensure consistency in texture and volume. Length Tolerance: Length tolerances may vary, with a common range being ±1 inch to ensure that the final product meets styling requirements.
  • Raw Materials for Synthetic Fibers Synthetic Polymers: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): Used for its durability and heat resistance. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): Offers flexibility and is used for fibers that require softer textures. Acrylic (Polyacrylonitrile): Provides a wool-like feel, suitable for more natural-looking hair textures. Polypropylene: Lightweight and used in certain types of less expensive hair extensions and wigs. Colorants: Pigments and Dyes: Specific to synthetic fibers to achieve a wide range of hair colors with high color fastness. Additives: UV Stabilizers: To prevent color fading from sunlight exposure. Antistatic Agents: To reduce static electricity and make the fibers easier to manage. Flame Retardants: To enhance safety by reducing flammability. Tools and Equipment for Fiber Production Extruders: For melting and extruding polymers through spinnerets to form fibers. Spinnerets: Precision tools with multiple holes for spinning fibers into specific thicknesses. Drawing Machines: For stretching fibers to align the polymer molecules and strengthen the material. Texturizing Machines: To create curls, waves, and other textures in the fibers. Curling Rods and Heat Chambers: For setting textures into fibers. Materials and Tools for Wig Making Wig Caps: Made from materials like lace, nylon, or monofilament for the base of the wig. Needles and Threads: For sewing hair onto wig caps or wefts. Ventilating Needles: Specialized needles for hand-tying hair to lace caps to create natural-looking hairlines. Adhesives and Glues: For securing wefts to caps or for bonding wefts together. Clips, Combs, and Elastic Bands: For adding to wigs to secure them to the wearer's head. Finishing and Styling Tools Steamers and Heat Tools: For styling and setting hairstyles on finished wigs. Shears and Razors: For cutting and shaping wigs to desired styles. Mannequin Heads: For styling and displaying wigs. Wig Stands: For storing and maintaining the shape of wigs when not in use. Packaging Materials Boxes and Bags: For packaging finished wigs for sale. Protective Nets and Tissue Paper: For keeping wigs secure and maintaining their shape during shipping. Branding Materials: Labels, tags, and care instructions for branding and providing product care information. Quality Control and Testing Equipment Tensile Strength Testers: To measure the strength of the synthetic fibers. Color Fastness Testing Kits: To ensure the dye used in the fibers remains vibrant and does not bleed. Heat Resistance Testers: To ensure fibers can withstand styling temperatures without damage.
  • Posted: 02/14/24; Closes 03/15/2024

100% Recycled Polyester Waffle Beanie 

  • Looking a supplier to make 100% Recycled Polyester Waffle Beanie, ideally with a ribbed lining. Interested in 4 colors, preferably black, gray, rust, and blue.
  • Should be one size fits all (adults).
  • One thousand of each color per year.
  • Posted: 02/21/2024; Closes: 03/22/2024

Main Filter comparable to Purex model 

  • A filter that goes inside the machine filters air from our laser cutting machines. We are looking for additional sources to purchase this or a comparable product or for a better cost and cheaper or free shipping charges.
  • Filters comparable to Purex main filters for 1500i and 2000i Fume Extractors Filter small particles @ 99.997% down to 0.3 microns in size and adsorb a wide variety of gases and vapors, particularly from rubber engraving applications.
  • Main Filter - HEPA Twin Chemical
  • Posted: 02/21/2024; Closes: 03/22/2024

Titration instrument 

  • Laboratory titration instrument In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 10.002(b) (2) (i), this supplier scouting opportunity is for the purpose of conducting market research.
  • Salient characteristics available upon request
  • Posted: 01/24/24; Closes: 03/24/24

Steel Caster Capability 

  • Three different parts.
  •  A - 30.6 Kilograms B - 5.5 Kilograms C - 0.6 Kilograms
  • Drawing available upon request
  • Hadfield manganese (11-14% manganese steel)
  • Quantity: 500-5,000 pieces
  • Posted: 01/24/24; Closes: 03/24/24

Coils for fan coils 

  • We are looking for water to air heat exchangers, made of copper tubes and aluminium fins. They are intended to be used in fan coils for residential and commercial appliances.
  • BABA compliant
  • An exemplary size would be 820x250x130 mm (32x10x5 in), among many other similar dimensions. Standard fin thickness is 0.1 - 0.15mm. Standard pipe diameter is 8-14 mm. It is possible to used US standard dimensions and components instead of the European standards in the drawing.
  • The heat exchangers should work at 145 psi (10 bar) operating pressure / 189 psi (13 bar) test pressure.
  • Posted: 02/07/2024; Closes: 02/06/2025

Fans for fan coils 

  • These items are intended to be used for residential and commercial appliances. We are looking for radial fans and fan coils.
  • BABA complaint 
  • Referral drawing available upon request
  • Certification required: UL 
  • We are looking for fans operating at 100-130V and 200-240V, 50Hz-60Hz. An exemplary air flow would be 530 cfm at 0 in H2O.
  • Posted: 02/07/2024; Closes: 02/06/2025