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June 2022


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

MFGCON 22—Well Worth the Wait

Read North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership director Phil Mintz’s recap of MFGCON 22. 


2022 NCMEP Leadership Award Winners 

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership has announced the winners of the 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. The NCMEP award program recognizes manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of manufacturing excellence, sustainable manufacturing, innovation, workforce development and economic development/developing markets. View the Winners »


NCMEP Response to President Joe Biden’s Greensboro Speech

On Thursday, April 14, President Joe Biden traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, to visit the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, a North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) partner. The president met with faculty and students whose concentrations are in the cybersecurity and robotic fields before a new $90 million engineering research and innovation center tour. Read More »


Managing the Multigenerational Workplace Webinar

Are you prepared to manage the new generation of workers? With Baby Boomers still in the workforce and Generation Z moving in, organizations across the country are changing. Workplaces are now employing four generations of workers. Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z all want to put their best foot forward at work. How do you extract the best out of every generation in your organization?

Join us on June 22 at 9 a.m. for the “Managing the Multigenerational Workplace” webinar. Create awareness and understanding about the benefits of multigenerational workplaces through data and resource sharing, interactive activities, and open dialogue; topics include historical context, communication, and work styles. Register Here »


Supplier Scouting Opportunities 

Are you a manufacturer looking for opportunities to become a supplier? NCMEP participates in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (MEP) supplier scouting program to assist North Carolina’s small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in finding vendors who can provide parts and products and rebuild the backbone of U.S and North Carolina supply chains. As a member of the MEP National Network, NCMEP has extensive relationships with manufacturers across the U.S. who can meet your organization’s needs. Sign up to receive supplier scouting opportunities automatically »


New Episodes of Clocking In—Voices of NC Manufacturing

In an MFGCON 22 special edition episode of Clocking In, Phil Mintz sits down with Dr. Jason Rowe, the associate professor of marketing in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and director of the Bureau of Business Research in the College of Business.

In this special edition MFGCON 22 episode, Mintz and Dr. Rowe discuss how Dr. Rowe became interested in marketing and supply chain management, the Bureau of Business Research at ECU, the current state of inflation and more. Listen Now »


NCMEP Partner Profile: NC Community College System

Community colleges are one of the more affordable ways to achieve a higher education and as a result, around 12 million Americans attend community colleges every year. These two-year colleges not only help to serve their dedicated students but they benefit local and state businesses by providing comprehensive educational and training solutions that help organizations stay competitive. That’s why the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is glad the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) is a member of the NCMEP network. Read More »


NCMEP Employee Spotlight: Anna Mangum 

Anna serves as the NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) regional manager for South-Central North Carolina including Chatham, Lee, Harnett, Johnston, Moore, Sampson, Wake and Wilson counties. Anna has a diverse private and public industry background in which she has worked with manufacturers, healthcare and the government in support of economic development. Read More about Anna »


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Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Events 


Featured Courses

OSHA #510 Standards for Construction
July 12-15 |Surfside Beach, SC

This course covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction industry safety and health principles. Participants must successfully pass a written exam at the end of the course.


24-Hour Hazardous Material (HazMat) Technician-Level for Emergency Response
August 2-4, 2022 |Raleigh, NC

This event meets the OSHA training requirements of hazardous material technician-level for emergency responders as outlined in the HazWOPER standard, 29 CFR 1910.120(q) and 29 CFR 1926(q). HazMat technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for their companies to stop the release.


Upcoming Courses

OSHA #2015 Hazardous Materials
July 19-22 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA #503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
July 20-22 |Wilmington, NC

OSHA #500 Trainer Course for Construction
July 26-29 | Surfside Beach, SC

OSHA #501 Trainer Course for General Industry
July 26-29  | Wilmington, NC

24-Hour Hazardous Material (HazMat) Technician-Level for Emergency Response
August 2-4 | Raleigh

OSHA #3095 Electrical Standards
August 16-19  | Raleigh, NC

OSHA #503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
August 17-19 | Irmo, SC

OSHA #501 Trainer Course for General Industry
August 23-26 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA #7845 Recordkeeping Rule Seminar
August 30 | Virtual



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