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  • Rock Steady

    After 70 years, the Minerals Research Laboratory remains a pioneer. In 1946, when the Tennessee Valley Authority and NC State’s College of Engineering worked together to fund the Minerals Research Laboratory, they probably wouldn’t have guessed that their new building would one day be located in Asheville’s trendiest neighborhood.

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  • Small Shop, Big Results

    Oowee Products, a small manufacturer of specialty beverage accessories, started as a hobby in its founder’s home workshop; as it grew, the company needed to standardize its processes and streamline its operations.

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  • RFR Sees Staggering Results from Six Sigma

    Situations that seem at first glance like disasters, can sometimes turn out to be opportunities in disguise. That’s exactly what Oxford-based manufacturer RFR Metal Fabrication discovered when a valued customer came to them with a big problem.

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  • Changing Lanes

    GESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc. was directed by its German parent company to enter the North American automotive parts market, but the company lacked the appropriate certification. GESIPA® earned certification and
    retained $600,000 in business as a result. The company plans to double its production over the coming years.

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  • In the Race to Success, MWW Stays Ahead of Competition

    MWW, Inc. needed to maintain its lightning-quick speed in which it produces and delivers made-on-demand products to its customers. NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) helped deliver a business assessment that illuminated areas where time and resources were being wasted. As a result, MWW identified more than $2.3 million in savings, attributable to improvements made after the assessment solution was implemented .

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  • NC Vet College Dives Into Lean Training

    When organizations —manufacturing or otherwise—engage in Lean training, they’re empowering participants to look at the existing processes and initiate vital changes that will offer lasting, positive impact. NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine saw improvement across service areas after embracing Lean.

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  • ISO 9001 Helps Catch Criminals With Confidence

    When processing a crime scene, forensics specialists need to have confidence that the evidence they’re collecting is as accurate as possible. An ISO 9001:2008 certification means crime scene product manufacturer Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc. (TTF) can provide these specialists with the extra assurance of quality they demand.

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