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MFGCON: Call For Speakers

Do you know a manufacturer with an inspiring story to tell? Can you think of a client who could share their expertise, insights and best practices with peers? NCMEP is searching for manufacturers to speak at the annual North Carolina Manufacturing Conference,  MFGCON, on April 20-21, 2023 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

We are accepting proposals for the following tracks: (Click on the links to submit your proposal)


NCMEP Leadership In Manufacturing Awards

Nominations will be accepted beginning January 16, 2023. Manufacturers are invited to self-nominate. The submission deadline is February 28, 2023.

Awards will be presented at MFGCON in the following categories:

  • Developing Markets/Economic Development
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Innovation
  • Advanced Talent Management/Workforce Development
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Community Outreach 
  • Excellence in Manufacturing
  • CEO of the Year

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New Episode: NCMEP Clocking In – Voices of North Carolina Manufacturing

In the January episode of Clocking In, Phil Mintz sits down with Dr. William Reynolds and Dr. Casey Boutwell – two NC DMCSP-sponsored propeller project participants looking to market their breakthrough smart textile technology. Mintz, Reynolds and Boutwell discuss the history of Onda Vision and Dermisense, Onda Vision’s and Dermisense innovative smart textile technologies, how these technologies can help prevent things like heatstroke and detect diseases and more. Listen Here »


NC State University College of Engineering Rural Works! Internship Program Highlighted at Monthly Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management Meeting

On November 16th, 2022, NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) regional manager Anna Mangum was the keynote speaker at the monthly Central Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM) in Sanford, North Carolina. Mangum spoke about the impact of the Rural Works! internship program which supports NC State University’s commitment to social, economic, and technological development in rural communities across North Carolina. Read More »

Now is the time to recruit for summer engineering interns – through the Rural Works! Program Contact your IES Regional Manager


Upcoming IES Webinars + Events 

Supplier Scouting Opportunities

Learn about supply chain opportunities in state and national level

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9:00-10:00 am

Register to Attend

Join us on January 18th to learn how our supply chain experts will work with your organization to understand your supplier needs and match you with vendors who can meet your urgency to ensure you provide quality products on time to your customers. Read more »


Time Out For Safety

Converse with safety experts

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 2:00-2:30 pm

Join the Conversation!

Environmental health and safety professional: Join us for the upcoming Timeout for Safety virtual discussion sessions.30-minute sessions are open forums so whether you want to inquire about safety topics or just want to pop in and say “Hello!” all are welcome!


Manufacturing Meet-up

Join us for a monthly conversation with your manufacturing peers!

Wednesday, January 26, 2023, 9:00-10:00 am

Register to Attend

You are invited to join an informal but informative zoom conversation to discuss challenges and opportunities to engage with your manufacturing industry peers. Join us on Thursday, January 26th for our next Manufacturing Meetup and open the floor for discussion as follow up on supply chain topics.


Supply Chain Survey: We Want To Hear From You

If you are experiencing supply chain challenges, have you considered sourcing domestically for your needs? The purpose of this survey is to collect information on the challenges facing North Carolina’s manufacturers in the next few years. This information will help Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and other state leaders to focus on solutions and programs to help manufacturers solve their challenges and remain successful and key contributors to the economy of the state. Complete the one-question survey »


Open Job Positions at IES

Know anyone who may be interested in joining our team at NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)? We’re looking for qualifying individuals for the following positions: 


Featured Courses

OSHA 7510 Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses
February 7, 2023 – Virtual

This course covers an introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the OSH Act for owners and managers of small businesses.


OSHA 503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
February 15-17, 2023 – Virtual

This course provides an update for currently authorized OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainers on topics such as OSHA general industry standards, policies and regulations. General industry outreach trainers are required to attend this course once every four years to maintain trainer status.


Upcoming Courses

OSHA 7105 Evacuation and Emergency Planning
February 8, 2023 | Virtual

OSHA 7500 Introduction to Safety and Health Management
February 9, 2023 | Virtual

OSHA 7505 Introduction to Incident Investigation
February 10, 2023 | Virtual

OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction
February 21-24, 2023 | Virtual

OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry
February 21-24, 2023 | Virtual

40-Hour HAZWOPER for Hazardous Waste Site Workers
March 6-10, 2023 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction, Maritime, and General Industries
March 13, 2023 | Raleigh, NC