North Carolina’s Furniture Hub Is Booming. What Comes Next?

By Jeanna Smialek, Via The New York Times  Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, as millions of workers lost their jobs and companies fretted about their economic future, something unexpected happened at Hancock & Moore, a purveyor of custom-upholstered...

These are a Few of My Favorite Things…That I May Not Be Able to Get this Holiday Season

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and I am rubbing my hands together in glee, anticipating turkey, dressing, a zillion sides, maybe a slice of pie or cake if I have room. And the next few weeks are packed with holidays. Maybe you’ll celebrate with the lights from a tree twinkling brightly in the background and presents piled underneath. 

Wait…what? It might be difficult to have all of that? All of my favorites? Any of them? But why?

AFFOA, Partners Hold Convening on Workforce Development Study

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and some of its partners—including NC State, the Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network (MTIN) and RTI International—held the first of two textile manufacturing convenings on November 9 on the Textile Technology...

First Flight Venture Receives ECOSYSTEM Grant

NCMEP partner, First Flight Venture has received one of NC IDEA’s ECOSYSTEM grants. The grant program implemented by NC IDEA required at least two organizations within a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem to collaborate on a program supporting entrepreneurs that were...

MFGCON 2021 Postponed

After careful consideration and deliberation and listening to feedback from our clients, we have made the strategic decision to postpone our annual manufacturing conference, MFGCON 21. For the last six years, the conference has been an influential networking and knowledge-sharing event but our priority is the health and safety of potential attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers. We want to hold the conference at a time where hopefully the chances of COVID-19 transmission are reduced. The new dates are March 24-25, 2022.

Free Upcoming Virtual Events

Although we are postponing MFGCON this year, NCMEP has several free upcoming virtual events. The “MNC Network and Community Forum—Developing an Integrated Talent Strategy To Support Your Changing Business Landscape” will be held on October 21 at 1 p.m.

The “What is CUI? Understanding and Protecting Data for DoD Contractors” webinar on November 9 at 1 p.m. is a short 30-minute introduction to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and its role as an asset in your company’s cybersecurity planning.

The NCMEP Story

TexDel Success Story

The State Alliance for Manufacturing Growth

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is a network of six North Carolina organizations that provide extension services designed to enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of NC  manufacturing companies.

Together, we work for a common goal of providing solutions and services that help our clients save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits and create and retain jobs. NCMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network ™, a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, and NIST MEP in North Carolina.

North Carolina Entrepreneur Finds Success in Health and Wellness

In February 2018, the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) reported a video success story about Jordan Schindler, an up-and-coming entrepreneur who founded TexDel, a textile-based drug delivery company in 2011.

On the September 1, 2021 episode of Business North Carolina’s Weekly Round-Up podcast, Business North Carolina caught up with Schindler and Nufabrx (formerly TexDel).  Since the NCMEP video success story, the organization has branched out exponentially, and now the Conover-based company was ranked the 50th fastest-growing company in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.  Listen to the podcast

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North Carolina jobs created/retained in 2019

Economic impact dollars generated by NCMEP in 2019

Economic impact dollars in North Carolina since 2019

Our Success

In 2019, the MEP National Network served 8,900 clients and interacted with 28,213 manufacturers. For every dollar of investment in 2019, the MEP generated $33.80 in new sales and $32.20 in new client investment, translating into $4.7 billion in new sales.

Find a Manufacturer

Need a Supplier? Manufactured in North Carolina is a searchable directory created to showcase the capabilities and innovations of North Carolina’s manufacturers to business-to-business markets nationally and globally.

Join Other NC Manufacturers

The MNC Network is the premier engagement network for North Carolina’s vibrant manufacturing base. The MNC Network creates and maintains local, statewide and national channels for interactive learning and profitable engagement.


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