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February 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

Scenes From mfgCON19

Late last year, NCMEP and Business North Carolina teamed up to hold the annual Manufacturing Conference in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. During the conference, NCMEP honored organizations who’ve shown manufacturing excellence in the past year with Manufacturing Leadership Awards.

Check out the scenes


Is Your Business Prepared for the Modern Manufacturing Environment?

For many manufacturers, participation in the digital supply chain is important for the future of your business. From technology and business practices to a company’s leadership and culture, it is important to understand how your business is prepared for the modern manufacturing environment. Take our survey so we can provide an initial overview of your company’s level of digital supply chain maturity, as well as provide you with important, informative bench-marking about how your company measures up against other participating manufacturers.

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NC Manufacturing Firm Powers Success Through NCMEP Collaboration

Advanced Superabrasives, Inc. (ASI), a manufacturing leader of high-end extreme precision diamond and CBN wheels, knows excellence. Within two years of opening, ASI doubled in size and after five years they expanded to a 37,000 square foot facility. They decided to partner with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, an NCMEP Partner, for help. With assistance from the EDPNC, ASI was able to: successfully navigate tax incentives, understand what training dollars they had available and grow their workforce. 

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New! Data Analytics and Digital Supply Chain Management Courses

IES is now offering data analytics and supply chain management courses. Learn how Digital Supply Chain Management could help transform your organization’s supply chain by harnessing the power of digital aspects of the physical supply chain. Use Data Analytics to increase your organization’s ability to make data-driven decisions that are essential to its growth and competitiveness.  

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Save the Date for mfgCON20

It’s official! 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.

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Bridge the gap between management goals and performance

The IES industrial engineering team works with organizations to improve productivity, quality and operations. They help companies enhance organizational performance and identify potential process improvement steps to minimize variation, increase customer satisfaction, decrease operating costs and establish a consistent level of quality. Our solutions range from work measurement time and motion studies to facilities layout to simulation and a wide range of quality tools.

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Announcing New IES Solutions for Achieving a High-Performance Culture

Are you struggling with getting employees to adopt workplace safety standards and practices? Are projects falling behind or threatened by a “culture of silence” about key concerns or issues within your organization? Do you have employees that struggle with “blowing up” instead of speaking up in an effective manner? Then Crucial Conversations might be the solution for you. 

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Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing Brand New Episodes

New episodes of Clocking In: Voice of NC Manufacturing have been recently uploaded. On new episodes of Clocking In, we catch up with NCMEP Partners at mfgCON19. We travel to Bethel, NC to speak with Byron Murphy, Controller at Package Craft, where they can predict the future of the economy based on how many packages are sold. Lastly, we visit Hoffer Flow Controls in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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Other News

Interested in becoming a Baldrige Examiner?

Serving on the NCAfE Board of Examiners is a powerful professional development experience. Examiner training empowers employees to apply the Baldrige framework at their own jobs, improving processes and results along the way. Check out the deadlines and learn more »



Ready to apply for NCAfE?

Is your company applying the principles of the Baldrige Excellence Framework and actively engaged in the performance excellence journey? If so, you may be ready to apply for the North Carolina Awards for Excellence (NCAfE) Program, the top state-level recognition presented to an organization that has demonstrated, the highest level of performance excellence. Learn More »



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How To Make Your Business More Sustainable in 2020 »

10 Ways NIST Helps to Advance Manufacturing »

3 Trends That Will Drive Industry 4.0 in 2020—and Beyond »

Quest For Excellence Conference »


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

Note: All our open enrollment courses listed below can be tailored for onsite training. This is the ideal choice for companies that need to train groups of employees. You get a maximum number of employees trained in a minimal amount of time for one flat fee, providing a great ROI.

Upcoming Courses for SMM Manufacturers Only

Are you a manufacturer with fewer than 500 employees? Then, you may want to consider these new, upcoming courses:

Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
Feb. 25–26 | Raleigh, NC

Influencer – The New Science of Leading Change
March 26–27 | Raleigh, NC

Digital Supply Chain Management

Interested in improving problem-solving and decision-making within your supply chain? Want to get the basic digital supply chain management knowledge needed to identify opportunities for improving your business agility? Join the digital supply chain management (DSCM) revolution. Register today for Digital Supply Chain Management and learn its benefits and how to move towards implementation of DSCM.


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