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April 2020


The Manufacturing Update is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter from Industry Expansion Solutions with up-to-date manufacturing news. Below you can view past issues.

Lead Stories

Covid-19 Guidance and Resources for Small and Medium Size Manufacturers

Industry Expansion Solutions, the administrator for the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), is closely monitoring the COVID-19/coronavirus situation. Our greatest concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and staff. We honor all first-responders and medical professionals for the brave work that they do attending to those in need. Our hearts go out to all affected in this pandemic. As a business unit of the College of Engineering at NC State University, we will continue to comply with operational directives and that of the University. READ MORE →

COVID-19 Supplier Form

NCMEP is building a database of companies with certain capabilities during this critical time. There are over 20 critical supplies needed to respond to COVID-19. If your company currently does or can quickly begin production, please complete this form. NCMEP will share this information with federal and state stakeholders to help meet these needs.

Michael Mullins Receives Outstanding Extension Award

IES’s Michael Mullins was recently awarded an Outstanding Extension Award by the NC State Office of Outreach & Engagement. As a regional manager and director of the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative, Michael has been recognized for his outreach and engagement accomplishments.

Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing Brand New Episodes

We travel to Asheville, North Carolina and talk to inventor and founder of Equilibar, Jeff Jennings. We discuss the founding of Equilibar, how the internet assisted the expansion of their customer base, Jeff’s invention of patented pressure control products, how Jeff helped found the DuPont State Forest and more. We also travel to Fletcher, NC to speak with owner of VX Aerospace, Robert Skillen. Listen Now→

Leveraging the Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification and a Strong Partnership

NCMEP Partner Industry Expansion Solutions assisted MEMSCAP, a French owned Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) manufacturer,in their ISO 9001 recertification efforts resulting in $500K in retained sales, a $100K increase in sales and $250,000 in cost savings. Read the Success Story→

2020 mfgCON Save the Date

NCMEP’s sixth annual mfgCON will be held on November 4–5, 2020 at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina. The conference will feature a diverse set of high caliber sessions that relate to the modern day manufacturer. We intend to make this conference the most informative and interactive thus far. Register for the Conference→

2020 mfgCON Call for Speakers

Are you eager to share your best practices and industry expertise with North Carolina manufacturers? We are looking for new ideas and speakers to present thought-leading and inspiring sessions to give our manufacturing attendees the best professional education in the industry. Conference track titles include: workforce excellence; operational excellence; leadership and culture and technology, innovation and strategic growth. Call for speakers closes May 29, 2020. Learn More→

Leadership Essentials for Frontline Leaders Certificate Program

Are you looking to increase employee engagement and retention? It all starts with your organization’s frontline leaders. IES has created a certificate program using Development Dimension International’s (DDI) award winning curriculum to enhance the skills of your organization’s frontline leaders. Learn more about how the Leadership Essential for Frontline Leaders Certificate Program can help you.

Other Stories


We engineer success for manufacturing businesses one solution at a time by understanding our clients’ needs and then crafting meaningful and sustainable solutions to address their business requirements. Through our tailored programs and research-based, time-tested methodologies, we provide solutions to assist in strategic direction, improve performance and processes and address top line growth. We collaborate with clients to develop and implement comprehensive services and solutions across:

Upcoming Courses

 Featured Course

Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis

June 17 | Raleigh, NC

Is there a problem in a product and/or operations that is affecting overall production and quality? To eliminate problems within an operation, you must successfully identify and get to the root of why those problems exist. Everyone in your organization can benefit from learning the tools needed to systematically solve the problem and identify the root cause to prevent recurrence.


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