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Are you a leader in the manufacturing sector looking for new ideas and innovative solutions? Join us on April 20-21 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for this year’s MFGCON. This year’s Manufacturing Conference will bring professionals from various backgrounds to discuss critical industry issues, share best practices, and explore new ideas. Save $100 by registering before March 19! 

HOTEL INFORMATION – The Marriott Downtown Winston-Salem is holding a block of rooms at a special $169/per night rate until March 22, 2023. Reserve your room » 


Power Systems Manufacturer Reaches Out to NCMEP Partner to Assist in Upgrading Their Facility

Aegis Power Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies for custom and special applications located in Murphy, North Carolina reached out to NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) to help expand their facility. Read Full Success Story »



Save the date! The FEDTEX Summit is being held May 23-24. FEDTEX connects US Department of Defense and federal agency clothing and textiles, individual equipment and organizational equipment buyers and requirements officials with manufacturing, supply chain, research and development, testing, workforce development and academic resources from across the southeast United States. Read more about FEDTEX supports the strong textile legacy in North Carolina »



NCAFE Announces Key Dates for 2023

Based upon the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the North Carolina Award for Excellence (NCAfE) is the top state-level recognition presented to an organization that has demonstrated, through its practices and achievements, the highest level of performance excellence by applying the principles of the Baldrige Excellence Framework. The Baldrige Excellence Framework is the key to assessing if your organization is doing as well as it could. Learn more about the application process and upcoming dates »


Employee Spotlight: Bill Iacovelli

Based out of the IES Concord office, Bill works state-wide to help manufacturers, businesses, healthcare systems and public health departments improve through Lean and Six Sigma thinking and methodology. Bill assists organizations in developing systematic, long-term Lean implementation and leadership programs. He also trains and develops Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. In twelve years, relative to his project works with them, Bill’s clients (through a third-party survey) have reported over $74M to NIST in economic impact and over 500 jobs retained or created. Learn more about Bill Iacovelli »


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Upcoming IES Webinars + Events 

IES Webinar – Setting SMART Environmental Goals 

March 15, 2023 @ 9:00 – 10:00 am |

Virtual Webinar – We will discuss the SMART goal framework and how to use it to create more effective environmental goals.


Timeout for Safety Open Forum

March 15, 2023 @ 2:00 – 2:30 pm | 

Timeout for Safety, held on the third Wednesday of each month offers a platform for conversations with environmental health, safety and sustainability professionals and provides the opportunity to ask your questions about safety and OSHA regulations. 


NCMEP Event – Grand Opening of Manufacturing Solutions Center Phase II

March 30, 2023 @ 4:00 pm |

350 5th Avenue SE, Conover, NC 28613

The Manufacturing Solutions Center and the City of Conover will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to celebrate the completion of the Manufacturing Solutions Center II building! Tours of the facility will be available during the event.

For additional information, contact: MSC Director, Jeff Neuville,


NCMEP Event – The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON 

April 20-21, 2023 | | Register to Attend

Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Industry experts and manufacturing peers collaborate to present over 15 informative sessions for manufacturers. Attendees will receive ideas and resources for market expansion, workforce solutions, leadership excellence, culture transformation, innovation, technology and advanced manufacturing, strategic business growth and process and quality optimization.


IES Defense Industry Initiatives Event – Building a Collaborative Manufacturing Ecosystem In Support of the Department of Defense Forum

April 27, 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Register to Attend

Congdon Yards, 400 W. English Street, High Point, North Carolina 27262

This event is co-hosted by the NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) Defense Industry Initiatives and Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC), in partnership with Business High Point Chamber of Commerce, Visit High Point and Heroes Center Veterans Support Camp.

The focus of the event is to provide information about resources for growth, innovation and opportunity for North Carolina manufacturers, through the outreach program for the North Carolina Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) grant. 


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 position: 


Featured Courses

OSHA 2225 Respiratory Protection
April 11-14 | Virtual

Upon course completion, students will be able to identify and describe the elements of a respiratory protection program, the proper selection, use, and inspection of respiratory protection, protection factors, and evaluate compliance with OSHA Standards.

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems – Internal Auditor Training
April 11-12 | Raleigh, NC

This workshop covers the scope of ISO 14001:2015 and helps you acquire the skills to conduct a successful internal audit of an environmental management system (EMS). When the workshop is delivered on-site, an audit of your company’s EMS is included.

Auditing Skills for Safety Professionals
May 17 | Greensboro, NC

One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to recognize hazards that are present or hazards that could have been anticipated. A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and assess such hazards. This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct workplace safety audits for their organization.

Upcoming Courses

OSHA 521 OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene
April 4-7 | Raleigh, NC

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training
April 25-26 | Raleigh, NC

Lean 200: Applying the Fundamentals
April 25-26 | Raleigh, NC

OSHA 3115 Fall Protection
May 2-4 | Irmo, NC

OSHA 503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
May 2-4 | Virtual 

OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry
May 9 -12 | Virtual

OSHA 7115 Lockout/Tagout [Controlling Hazardous Energy to Prevent Workplace Injury]
May 31 | Raleigh, NC