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MMA, national group are part of new digital marketplace

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The Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing trade association in the United States, recently announced the debut of the Manufacturers Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace featuring interactive listings and detailed information on more than 300,000 leading U.S. manufacturers, including 2,500 in Mississippi.

“The Manufacturers Marketplace is a valuable tool for manufacturing businesses in Mississippi,” Jay C. Moon, MMA President and CEO said in a news release. “Whether Mississippi businesses are looking for partners down the street or across the country, the Marketplace will quickly help companies find the perfect partners. Most importantly, manufacturing in Mississippi has experienced dramatic increases over the past several years, and the Marketplace will only accelerate that growth.”

“Manufacturers in the United States need the best tools available to compete and win – and the Manufacturers Marketplace is unlike any resource the industry has to create new business and support more American jobs,” Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO said in a news release. “What Google and Yahoo did for online searches, Manufacturers Marketplace will do for buyers and sellers in the manufacturing economy – whether they’re large or small firms. As only the NAM and our state partners can do, we’ve created the most comprehensive, simple to use and innovative industry network in the market.”

The Manufacturers Marketplace works by including businesses of both large and small in the Marketplace – whether they are a member of the NAM or MMA. As manufacturers access the Manufacturers Marketplace, they are prompted to search and then claim their listing. From there, registered users are prompted to expand their listings with detailed information, including additional locations, certifications, equipment, capacity and much more. As businesses add information to the listings, the Manufacturers Marketplace becomes an even more powerful tool – a tool that enables manufacturers of all sizes, sectors and points in the supply chain to find and be found, mitigate risk for their business and increase visibility among the largest pool of potential partners.

The Manufacturers Marketplace website is manufacturersmarkeplace.us.

For more than 60 years, the MMA has represented the interests of Mississippi’s manufacturers at both the state and national levels. MMA represents manufacturers in the Mississippi Legislature and U.S. Congress. MMA promotes a strong manufacturing environment within Mississippi, and is a cen-tral source of information and assistance in industrial management.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. The group says manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually.

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