CONNEX Wyoming Launches to Help Spur Regional Manufacturing Growth

Governor Gordon announced new CONNEX Marketplace manufacturing tool for Wyoming manufacturers at kickoff event in Sheridan, WY

Sheridan, WY, Sept 29th, 2022 – “The door is opening for manufacturing opportunities here in Wyoming,” said Governor Gordon at a recent manufacturing event at L&H Industrial in Sheridan, WY.

The event was a gathering to kick off the launch of a new program called CONNEX™ Wyoming, which is an online software platform designed to strengthen the states local and domestic manufacturing supply chain. Through the platform, Wyoming manufacturers will be able to better connect with each other, find local suppliers, discover new business opportunities and manage their supply chains.


Governor Mark Gordon (WY) speaks with Cody Jones and other manufacturing employees from L&H Industrial at the CONNEX Wyoming kickoff event in Sheridan, WY.

The platform is part of the national CONNEX Marketplace program which is rolling out across the country to help solve many of the manufacturing supply chain issues and bring more manufacturing opportunities to U.S. suppliers. The CONNEX Wyoming platform will allow larger manufacturers to post RFIs and RFQs in the platform’s B2B Exchange Center and identify Wyoming suppliers who can meet their needs. Small to medium Wyoming suppliers can also increase their discoverability by large primes and OEMs based on their capabilities, equipment, processes, materials, certifications and more, which can lead to manufacturing opportunities within new markets.

“We were having trouble getting in front of Northrop Grumman,” said Mike Wandler, CEO of L&H Industrial. “To get contracts with large manufacturers, you basically try knocking on the door, but get nowhere. One of our employees came across CONNEX Marketplace and so we signed up and filled out our profile to see if we were a match for Northrop. CONNEX called us and said that we were indeed a match and that Northrop wanted to meet with us. Shortly after that we got our first contracts with Northrop Grumman. Using CONNEX to connect buyers with suppliers is great for Wyoming since it’s very expensive to run out and make cold calls, only to have the door slammed in your face. I really care about the diversification and growth of our Wyoming economy and am a fan of providing resources like CONNEX to help with that,” he concluded.

CONNEX Wyoming is open to all large and small manufacturers within any manufacturing industry. Manufacturers must be approved to join (verified as a manufacturer) but once approved, the program if free for Wyoming companies. This free access is provided through sponsorship of the platform by the Wyoming Manufacturing Works MEP Office, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Innovation Partnership.

“CONNEX Marketplace is another example of our commitment to provide Wyoming manufacturers with access to resources that ensure a productive, efficient and resilient manufacturing community,” said Steve Farkas, Associate VP of Economic Development for the University of Wyoming.

The CONNEX Marketplace technology was developed several years ago by i5 Services to connect the U.S. manufacturing supply chain. It’s now being used by manufacturers and suppliers across the country to connect with one another and find new business opportunities.  Wyoming is the ninth state to roll out the CONNEX Marketplace platform, joining Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, the West Texas region and Utah. In each state, the platform is managed by the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) office to provide a coordinated approach of outreach and training for users.  In Wyoming, the MEP organization is called Manufacturing Works, and is led by Rocky Case, its Director.

Free registration for Wyoming manufacturers and suppliers began with the kickoff event.   Interested participants can signup and get more information at: . They can also contact the Manufacturing Works Director, Rocky Case at or (307) 766-4812 with questions.



About Manufacturing Works

Manufacturing Works, a part of the Business Resource Network at the University of Wyoming, is a member of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network™. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. It’s focused on helping small and medium sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology driven economy.


About CONNEX Marketplace by i5 Services

Founded in 2015, CONNEX Marketplace is a SaaS platform that connects U.S. manufacturers, suppliers and buyers into a single, accurate, searchable supply-chain database based on deep data such as equipment, certifications, capabilities and more. Manufacturers and suppliers can quickly post and respond to needs, visualize supply chain risk, search for qualified suppliers and instantly discover new business opportunities. For more information, visit


About L&H Industrial

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming, USA, L&H Industrial is a leader in technology innovations, custom manufacturing, and comprehensive services for heavy industrial machinery used in mining, oil and gas, railways and other industries.


About the University of Wyoming Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research & Economic Development works with faculty, staff and students in all seven colleges and UW’s outreach programs to link research, technology transfer, and economic development efforts to enhance federal, state and private sector support for faculty and graduate student scholarship.