Are there opportunities for manufacturing businesses?
Yes, there are opportunities for manufacturers in the Federal marketplace both directly with government agencies and prime contractors.
Here are a few sources for opportunities and additional knowledge for manufacturers:
1. Register with Wisconsin Procurement Institute’s (WPI) BID MATCHING SERVICE. WPI will assist you in developing your profile and search criteria. Once you are set up, you will receive opportunities daily that you can access online. Contact WPI staff at 414-270-300 for assistance.
2. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) procures, manages, stores, and distributes almost every consumable item the military needs to operate. Commodities include everything from maritime and land weapons systems support to medical supplies. The DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) is a web-based application that provides the capability to search for, view, and submit secure quotes on Requests For Quotations (RFQs) for DLA items of supply. The website is https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.mil/
3. TACOM (Tank Automotive Command) is the Army’s largest weapon systems research, development, and sustainment organizations. Our mission, serving the world over, provides and sustains mobility, lethality, and survivability for soldiers, other services, and our Allies through ground combat, automotive, marine and armaments technologies. Learn more about TACOM from a recent presentation. Links to TACOM bid opportunities are available at https://contracting.tacom.army.mil/.
4. Business opportunities with the Navy can be found at the Navy Electronic Commerce On-Line (NECO) website, the centerpiece of their paperless strategy https://www.neco.navy.mil.
5. Other US Army Opportunities can be found at the Army Single Face to Industry (ASFI) website at
6. The US Department of Commerce, through their National Institute of Standards and Technology helps support the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Their mission is to assist small and medium sized manufacturers increase their competitiveness. Information about the program and office locations is available at http://www.nist.gov/mep/.
7. Manufacturers who are not familiar with Federal requirements may want to consider starting out as a subcontractor to Federal prime contractor. As a subcontractor, you will still be responsible for the Federal requirements, but you would have someone that is experienced to work with in the process.
8. Information on the DoD Manufacturing Technology Program (MANTECH) can be found at https://www.dodmantech.com/. ManTech investments are directed at improving the quality, productivity, technology, and practices of businesses and workers providing goods and services to the Department of Defense.