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February 2021


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.

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Innovation Management Workshop

Is your organization in a rut when it comes to innovation? NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is hosting a virtual Innovation Management Workshop on April 13, 2021. Discover why innovation management is essential for business growth, uncover the types of innovation and why they are important, learn to implement tools to create innovative ideas and more.

The workshop, offered at a low cost of $195, is designed to focus on the needs of CEOs, owners, senior leaders, plant managers, and business development managers within a manufacturing organization.

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Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network

NCMEP partner Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) (part of Catawba Valley Community College) has joined forces with Gaston College’s Textile Technology Center to create the Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network (MTIN). The partnership has created a new associate’s degree in Textile Technology and provides an additional economic development system for the state of North Carolina.

Read more about the Manufacturing and Textile Network »


Grant-Funded Services Available for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

NCMEP has launched the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)—funded by the CARES Actto provide services that support manufacturers’ ability to respond to the coronavirus and improve their competitiveness as the marketplace adapts to the coronavirus disruption.

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Rethinking Business Risk After the Great Lockdown

Like many industries, manufacturing suffered operational and workforce challenges due to the pandemic. As a result, many manufacturing organizations have reassessed the way they do business. Find out what manufacturers are discovering is helping to lessen the effects of long-term business obstacles »

MFGCON 2021 Moved to November

In an effort to keep all participants safe and ensure a fully immersive conference, MFGCON 2021 has been moved to November 3-4, 2021 as a live event. Stay tuned for more details regarding this event.

Keep track of MFGCON 2021 updates on the official webpage »


New Episode of Clocking In—Voices of NC Manufacturing

In the last episode of Clocking In, NCMEP’s Phil Mintz sits down with the director of UNC Charlotte’s Industrial Solutions Lab, Jim Hartman. Phil and Jim discuss the services Industrial Solutions Lab provides, the job responsibilities of the Industrial Solutions Lab director, Jim Hartman, how North Carolina organizations have benefited from working with UNC Charlotte engineering students and more.

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2021 North Carolina Economic Forecast

What is the forecast for the North Carolina economy in 2021? In January, Business North Carolina hosted a panel discussion with industry experts, including North Carolina Manufacturing Partnership Director, Phil Mintz, to discuss the North Carolina economy’s trajectory and its impact on businesses.

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The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), an NCMEP partner, is a founding partner of the new Manufacturing Suppliers Connections STREAM virtual tradeshow. The goal of STREAM 2021 is to connect manufacturers within the greater Charlotte region in an exposition, allowing businesses to strengthen local supply chain channels, both upstream and downstream, and to enhance the efficiency of industry operations by accessing critical components and raw materials. Don’t wait! The deadline to register for this event is February 12. Register Now »


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