MMA, MMTC & JAMA Partner with MFG.com to Launch Site Linking Michigan Manufacturing Buyers to Suppliers

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ATLANTA
May 10, 2011

In an effort to help Michigan manufacturers "Buy Local" and be more competitive, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) and Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA) have teamed up with Atlanta-based MFG.com—the largest global online sourcing marketplace for manufacturers—to create a website designed to exclusively connect Michigan manufacturer suppliers and buyers.

The site was unveiled today at the MMA's 2011 CEO & Executive Forum as part of Michigan Manufacturing Week.

"MMA is very excited about this new partnership that will enable Michigan manufacturers looking to buy products and services to connect with Michigan-based companies who can provide them—it's a great way to help strengthen our home-team supply chain. This really fits in with the Governor's idea of having companies work together to help each other, and will streamline the process for manufacturers seeking to 'Buy Michigan First" said Chuck Hadden, President of MMA."

Hadden was joined at the launch by MMTC President Mike Coast, JAMA Executive Director Bill Rayl and representatives from MFG.com including CEO Mitch Free and Roger Blumberg, VP of Business Development.

"MMTC wants Michigan manufacturers to have more opportunities to secure new sales and MFG.com offers a unique option," stated Mike Coast, President of the MMTC. "The approach of the site, linking one Michigan manufacturer with another, is a win-win scenario in the making and aligns with our mission to help small and medium-sized manufacturers prosper."

Via this site, Michigan manufacturers are able to purchase goods and services from each other, creating a better awareness of resources within the state. The opportunities posted on this service will be available only to and from Michigan companies, thereby supporting a "Buy Michigan" supply chain strategy and allowing manufacturing companies across the state to connect directly with each other to better serve their needs.

"Here at JAMA, we're constantly helping area manufacturers find world-class quality local suppliers," said Bill Rayl, JAMA's Executive Director. "This new online service makes it easy for buyers all across the state to quote their projects and for potential suppliers to review and bid on those opportunities."

The site will be heavily promoted statewide to Michigan's diverse manufacturing base by MMA, MMTC and JAMA. Buyers registering via the Michigan site's landing page at www.mfg.com/michigan are granted six months' access to the service for free. Suppliers who register for the service through the Michigan landing page receive an optimized profile, Supplier Directory listing and access to the opportunity postings from all Michigan buyers for just $99 a month.

"The Michigan sourcing portal will effectively support economic development within Michigan through intelligently connecting local manufacturing buyers and suppliers at the exact moment they need each other," says Mitch Free, Founder & CEO of MFG.com, "We are extremely excited to be part of this initiative that is enabling the manufacturing community in Michigan."

About MMA: For more than 100 years, the Michigan Manufacturers Association has been serving Michigan manufacturers and related industries by providing effective representation at Michigan's Capitol; timely educational seminars; quality, competitive-rate insurance programs; informational e-newsletters; and a bi-monthly magazine — Michigan Manufacturing Insight. Visit www.mma-net.org or contact Amy Shaw by phone at 517-487-8513 or by e-mail at shaw@mma-net.org for more information.

About MMTC: Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) provides Michigan's small and medium-sized manufacturers with operational assessment, technical assistance, training and mentoring services, and market diversification counsel. Headquartered in Plymouth, the MMTC has affiliate offices throughout the state to serve Michigan manufacturers. MMTC is supported through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and is the Michigan affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more info, visit MMTC's website at www.mmtc.org or contact Karen Seman toll-free at 888-414-6682 or via e-mail at KSeman@mmtc.org.

About JAMA: The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association is a non-profit professional organization that has serving the manufacturing community of south-central Michigan since 1937. JAMA is also a member entity of The Enterprise Group of Jackson, the professional economic development umbrella organization for Jackson County. For more information, please visit JAMA's website at www.jacksonjama.org or contact Bill Rayl by phone at 517-782-8268 or via e-mail at brayl@enterprisegroup.org.

About MFG.com

MFG.com is the largest and most trusted online marketplace for the manufacturing industry and the developer of LiveSource, a cloud-based enterprise class sourcing and supply chain management solution. MFG.com is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has regional offices in Paris, France and Shanghai, China. MFG.com’s investors include Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos and Volition Capital.

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