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  • NC DIDI Announces Third Statewide Town Hall in Asheville for Defense Industry Suppliers and Contractors

    Raleigh, NC October 10th, 2017 – The North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI) will host a town hall entitled the “NC DIDI Western DoD Suppliers Forum” on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 to discuss solutions to the challenges being faced by businesses who contract Department of Defense contractors in the state of North Carolina. The town hall […]


  • Greensboro’s Guerilla RF Earns ISO Certification

    Greensboro-based Guerrilla RF has recently been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, develops standards that set specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure high levels of quality, safety and efficiency. Guerrilla RF is a major supplier of high performance Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) and Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs) […]


  • Bill Iacovelli to Present at AME’s Regional Workshop

    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — Bill Iacovelli, an improvement specialist with North Carolina State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and one of the state’s leading Lean and Six Sigma experts, will co-present a session at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Southeast Regional Workshop on September 12, 2017, in Concord, North Carolina at S&D Coffee and Tea.


  • MRL Helps Mining Develop New Technologies

    The Mountain Xpress, Asheville’s weekly independent newspaper, profiled the Mineral Research Laboratory (MRL) as well as its Director, Dr. Robert Mensah-Biney, in an issue published earlier this year. In 2008, the MRL began a partnership with nearby UNC- Asheville to offer a mineral processing curriculum, part of which is delivered at the MRL’s unique small-scale […]


  • Regional Manager Rex Raiford Talks Diversity with Milepost Magazine

    “You want to have your traditional industries, but you also want to diversify.” -Rex Raiford   Milepost magazine, an independent paper published in Kill Devil Hills, NC, recently interviewed Rex Raiford, an IES regional manager for northeastern NC. The issue was devoted to the idea of “Big Dreams,” and Rex talks about cultivating economic diversity […]


  • Capel Rugs is celebrating its centennial year

    Capel Rugs, an Industry Expansion Solutions’ client, is celebrating its centennial year.

    “One hundred years in business is a major milestone, and this achievement underscores our long tradition of providing the very best quality, service and customer satisfaction,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts.


  • IES Marketing Delivers New, Interactive Healthcare Solutions Brochure

    The Industry Expansion Solution’s Marketing Department has released a new, interactive Lean Healthcare brochure which allows clients and potential clients to learn detailed information about Lean Healthcare solutions from IES. The new brochure was developed to align with growing consumer consumption of digital media on mobile devices. The new brochure puts the Lean Healthcare lineup at […]


  • State Uses SAAB To Announce Military Help Grant

    North Carolina military officials used a Lillington manufacturing site Thursday to announce the receipt of a grant that will be used to help businesses and industries impacted by reductions in defense spending throughout North Carolina.

    North Carolina Veterans and Military Affairs Secretary Larry Hall was at SAAB Barracuda in Lillington to announce North Carolina’s winning of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.


  • Lending a helping hand

    When Kyle Martin needed help with a redesign of the office space in the manufacturing plant he oversees, he knew where to turn.

    Martin, who is vice president and general manager of Electroswitch Electronic Products’ Raleigh manufacturing facility, turned to Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the College’s extension unit serving manufacturers, healthcare providers, government agencies and service sector companies across North Carolina. The son of an NC State engineer, Martin had long been familiar with IES and has used its services previously in past positions.