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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) has served as the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) Center since 1995, operating under the NC State College of Engineering. Administered by IES, NCMEP is made up of five other partners: North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks Customized Training; the Economic Development Partnership of NC; the Polymers Center of Excellence; the Manufacturing Solutions Center; and North Carolina A&T State University. Learn more here.


North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative

NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) has been awarded a $3M grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The grant, awarded in November of 2018, will be used to expand and enhance the planning and piloting efforts of Phase I of the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NCDIDI).

In Phase II, the objectives are to maximize the impact of the NCDIDI, provide support for advanced manufacturing capabilities to North Carolina companies in the aerospace and defense supply chains, conduct needs assessments and deliver business services to eligible companies. The intended goal is to help companies maximize their growth potential and cybersecurity resiliency and enhance their strategic development planning and sustainability efforts to see impact beyond NCDIDI the funding period. Learn more here.

Listen to the success stories from companies who participated in NCDIDI’s first pilot program.