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June 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.

Lead Stories

Save The Date: MFGCON 2021

Join the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and co-host Business NC for their annual manufacturing conference, MFGCON 21, on November 3–4, 2021 at the Durham Convention Center. Come and network with your manufacturing peers and learn valuable knowledge from industry experts you can apply in your organization.

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Save The Date: MFGDAY 2021

MFGDAY is scheduled for October 1, 2021. This annual event celebrating manufacturing is held on the first Friday of October although any day can be MFGDAY. By hosting an event on MFGDAY, you can share your company’s story with your community and showcase your products and processes through tours and presentations. MFGDAY events are also an excellent way to inspire the future workforce by hosting student groups. Students will learn about what modern manufacturing is and isn’t and explore manufacturing as a career opportunity. Events can be in-person or virtual.

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Timeout for Quality

Join us for our upcoming Timeout for Quality discussion session on Thursday, June 10 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, June 24 at 9 a.m.! The sessions will be hosted by NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) Quality Team. These free, 30-minute sessions are open forums so whether you want to inquire about quality topics (ISO 9001, IATF 16949, AS9100) or just want to pop in and say “Hello!” all are welcome!

  • Thursday, June 10 at 9 a.m.
    Hosted by Adrianne Kroll

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 937 1938 1863
Passcode: 067613

  • Thursday, June 24 at 9 a.m.
    Hosted by Adrianne Kroll

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 910 0605 0321
Passcode: 834553


COVID-19 Vaccination Tax Credit Now Available for Manufacturers

To support businesses and their employees, a tax credit is being provided for small and medium-sized businesses to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of vaccination. The American Rescue Plan—signed into law on March 11, 2021—provides a paid leave tax credit to offset the cost for businesses with fewer than 500 employees for up to 80 hours (i.e. 10 workdays) up to $511 per day of paid sick leave offered between April 1 and September 30, 2021.

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New Episode of Clocking In—Voices of NC Manufacturing

In the latest episode of Clocking In, NCMEP director Phil Mintz speaks with the co-owner and CEO of Tropical Foods, Angela Bauer. They discuss how Tropical Foods came to be, what Angela learned from her parents about the family business, how the organization was affected by the pandemic, the process of manufacturing nuts and candies and more.

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Long-Time MSC Director St. Louis Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

The former director of North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership partner Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC), Dan St. Louis was presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine on Friday, May 3, 2021, by Governor Roy Cooper. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor of North Carolina.

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CVCC’s Manufacturing Center Officially Breaks Ground on New Facility

North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership partner, Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC), held a groundbreaking ceremony in Conover on Friday, May 3, 2021 for their two-story 30,000-square foot facility. The new facility includes MSC’s structural engineering, a fabric formation lab, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Textile Resource Lab and conference and meeting rooms to support economic development.



Industry Expansion Solutions Leads Local Businesses to Success

North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership partner, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), has been featured in an NC State University – Centennial Campus News article. The article details how the organization is helping North Carolina businesses face challenges head-on by offering engineering-based expertise and training.

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Upcoming Courses


OSHA #500 Trainer Course for the Construction Industry

June 22-25 | Virtual


OSHA #7500 Introduction to Safety and Health Management

June 29 | Raleigh, NC (In-person)


OSHA #7505 Introduction to Incident Investigation

June 30 | Raleigh, NC (In-person)


OSHA #7115 Lockout/Tagout [Controlling Hazardous Energy to Prevent Workplace Injury]

July 1 |  Raleigh, NC (In-person)


OSHA #521 OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene

July 13-16 | Raleigh, NC (In-person)


OSHA #501 Trainer Course for General Industry

July 13-16 | Raleigh, NC (In-person)


DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

August 3-4 | Greensboro, NC (In-person)


DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Refresher

August 4 | Greensboro, NC (In-person)




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