Clocking In Podcast

Voices of NC Manufacturing, your host Phil Mintz, Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). We will be interviewing some of the manufacturers who have made North Carolina manufacturing the powerhouse it is today.

Podcast_E-02_Tri-County Industries

Tri-County Industries

Production Team

Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Teresa Bradford
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Mike Reep
Graphic Designer: Casey Hembrick

E-02: Fostering Strong Work Discipline, Sense of Worth and Inclusion

Tri-County Industries: Brenda Cogdell

Rocky Mount based Tri-County Industries works to enhance the lives of people who are disabled or disadvantaged through work assessment, job training and placement. The organization has been in business for more than 50 years and touches the lives of many in their community.

Tri-County Industries is a unique blend of private enterprise, government funding and local volunteers working together since 1966. Its philosophy of rehabilitation is to help people develop a strong work discipline and a sense of self-worth while obtaining hands-on job experience in a realistic work environment.

We helped Tri-County Industries with a Lean implementation and their ISO 9001 certified management system awhile back, so I wanted to get back and see their 85,000 square feet of workspace and their amazing recovery after Hurricane Matthew. I got to chat with their President Brenda Cogdell and meet some of their workforce that is ready to tackle almost any assembly job, whether it’s fiber-optic kits, sales sample kits, product assembly or direct mail operations.



Phil Mintz

Phil Mintz is the executive director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). At NCMEP, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES extension operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders providing business engagement, assessment and improvement tools. This includes statewide peer networks, ISO 9000 quality management systems, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, environmental services, and health and safety solutions.

Brenda Cogdell

Brenda Cogdell has been President of Tri-County Industries since 2000. She is dedicated to helping others reach their maximum potential and truly understands the unique needs of others.