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June 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

Missed Our Webinar? A Call to North Carolina to Produce PPE

Last month, we hosted a webinar “PPE Requirements for Re-Tooling: Regulatory Issues.” Expert Darren Reeves, invited guest speaker and president of DP Distribution and Consulting, discussed the COVID-19 state of emergency and how companies could potentially re-tool to keep their doors open and keep personnel employed. If you missed out, don’t worry. You can now access the webinar recording and the presentation slides online.

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New Leadership and Organizational Development Solutions

NCMEP Partner Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) has announced new solutions to help organizations overcome common and complex challenges. If you need help enhancing your company culture, developing your talent strategy, cultivating your company’s leadership or optimizing organizational performance, IES has the tools and training to get your organization moving in the right direction.

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Announcing OSHA 7210 - Pandemic Illness and Workplace Preparedness Course

IES has announced a new OSHA course that teaches the recognition of hazards and risks associated with a pandemic illness. It introduces strategies to assist with a realistic preparation for a pandemic event to assure business continuity and employee safety.

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Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing Brand New Episode

A new episode of Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing is available. In this episode, Phil talked with Ben Kinney, publisher at Business North Carolina to discuss the current manufacturing climate, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting business, how the small business loan included in the government stimulus package can help NC businesses and more.

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CARES Funding to Support Manufacturers During Pandemic

It is anticipated that the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) will receive federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to expand services and help manufacturers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, NCMEP will contact manufacturers across the state to gather information on the impact of COVID-19 on operations, workforce, sales and needs.

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IES Helps Fight COVID-19

NCMEP Partner Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) has been fielding requests from manufacturers across the state who have been reaching out to contribute their resources, time and energy to address the challenges of COVID-19. IES has been collecting these responses and building a database of companies, cataloging their capabilities, coordinating technical responses and providing sourcing guidance to these companies.

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NCAfE Welcomes Examiners for the 2020 Award Cycle

The North Carolina Awards for Excellence (NCAfE) welcomes 11 examiners for the 2020 award cycle. Six are new examiners and five are returning to the program from the prior year. These examiners come from nine different organizations across North Carolina. 

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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. We are seeking speakers to present at the 6th annual 2020 mfgCON on November 4–5 in Durham, NC.

Visit the official mfgCON 2020 webpage for more information.

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