Author: Rich Sigfrit

E-55: Holding Tough

FJORD was incorporated in North Carolina as a small business entity in 1997. The climbing protection manufacturer based in Burlington often operates under their US & EU registered* trade name – Chafe-Pro®. Fjord won the 2023 Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina Contest for the Small Business Category for their STREP, Static Rope Edge Protectors.
Phil Mintz, Michael Ratigan and Jasmine Krask discuss the history of Fjord, the importance of reliable climbing rope, the Coolest Thing Made in NC award and more.

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E-53: From Pharmaceuticals to Biotech: How North Carolina is Leading the Way in Biomanufacturing

Central Carolina Community College: Dr. Lisa Smelser
Pfizer: Tracy Schoolcraft
From Pharmaceuticals to Biotech: How North Carolina is Leading the Way in Biomanufacturing The Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) BioWork program trains students for a career with biomanufacturing organizations like Pfizer. Listen to Phil, Lisa and Tracy as they discuss the need for individuals trained in biomanufacturing careers, why the BioWork program is in place, what it takes to work at a biomanufacturing organization like Pfizer and more.

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E-52: Community Catalysts: Inside North Carolina’s Community College System

North Carolina Community College System: John Loyack
NCMEP Partner, North Carolina Community College System, brings accessible customized training for businesses and individuals to counties across North Carolina. Listen to Phil and John as they discuss how NCCCS aids in economic development, how North Carolina Community College caters to the current needs of the workforce and more.

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E-51: Brick by Brick

Triangle Brick: Christy Miceli
Triangle Brick is one of the country’s most highly automated brick manufacturers and has plants in Wadesboro and Moncure, North Carolina and Clay County, Texas. Listen to Phil and Christy as they discuss why brick is important, Christy’s journey to Triangle Brick, how Triangle Brick came to be and how bricks are made and more.

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