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Are you in desperate need of a reliable workforce? The lingering effects of the pandemic and the 2020 lockdown can still be felt all over the country, especially in the North Carolina manufacturing industry. This spells bad news for employers and good news for job seekers but this doesn’t need to be a “win-lose” situation. Join us on Manufacturing Day to learn how you can preserve dedicated talent and create in-demand jobs. 

On Manufacturing Day, October 7, 2022, IES will host a networking event with Cross Company that will focus on how industrial automation can help you reduce your reliance on manual labor and allow you to create higher-value jobs which will help retain talented employees. Lynn Crump, president of Cross Company’s Automation Group, will share insight on how industrial automation can help you solve your labor shortage and at the same time improve quality and reduce risk.

Manufacturing Day is a national event, held on the first Friday in October, celebrating those who produce goods and services in America. The purpose of events held across the nation is to highlight the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. The event is also an opportunity for manufacturers to come together to network and address collective challenges to help their businesses and communities thrive. For more information on National Manufacturing Day events, visit:

The IES networking event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, with registration and networking beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Cross Company, located at 300 S. Firestone Street, Gastonia NC 28052 in Loray Mill. A tour of Cross Company will be held and refreshments will be served.

This event is open only to manufacturers and Manufactured in North Carolina (MNC) sponsors. Space is limited and registration is required: