The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership is comprised of the organizations below. For more information about each organization, please click their name or logo to visit their respective websites.
Industry Expansion Solutions
Polymers Center of Excellence
East Carolina University
Wilson College of Textiles
NC Community College System
Manufacturing Solutions Center
Economic Development Partnership of NC
NC A&T State University
As the statewide extension service of NC State’s College of Engineering, Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) partners with North Carolina industry to catalyze the transfer of knowledge and technology in support of economic development. IES supplies North Carolina businesses with the tools and services they need to help increase productivity, efficiency, quality and profit. IES also serves as the administrator for the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) Center, the official representative of the MEP National Network™ and NIST MEP in North Carolina.
Website: Industry Expansion Solutions
North Carolina’s statewide system of employee development and customized training provides one of the most highly skilled workforces in the nation. The NC Community College System (NCCCS) offers NCWorks, a free, customized job training and recruiting program for new and expanding businesses. It offers comprehensive training support ranging from a catalogue of established programs to customized curricula tailored to address specific business needs. NCWorks partners with the state’s 58 community colleges to provide employee education, training and support services in all 100 counties.
Website: NC Community College System
The State of North Carolina provides specialists who can help companies enter worldwide markets with value-added services. These specialists are housed at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a public-private organization that can prepare and assist NC companies to export and advise foreign-based firms on how to begin operations in NC. EDPNC also offers a variety of personalized tools and services to help new companies locate in NC, expand current business operations or by growing or adding another location.
The Polymers Center of Excellence provides polymer testing, polymer processing and workforce training to increase knowledge within emerging technologies in the plastics industry. It has the rare combination of equipment and expertise to analyze, troubleshoot and make recommendations. It offers engineering and testing capabilities, plastics compounding and workforce training for extrusion and injection molding. Its sister company, the Polymers Technology Center, can help companies with custom compounding needs and the development of new products and specialty compounds and researching new resin and additive combinations.
Website: Polymers Center of Excellence
The Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) is a business accelerator for product innovation and testing. It provides new and existing companies with low cost testing, research and development, where resources are shared and capabilities are inventoried to aid companies. MSC helps manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and efficiency to create or retain jobs. This is accomplished by enhancing and improving products through R&D; assisting in creating prototypes for new, innovative offerings; analyzing new materials to enhance structure and programs and testing products for reliable content and quality.
Website: Manufacturing Solutions Center
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University is well known for its innovative research, transformational teaching and learning and impactful community engagement. The department completes projects with local industry around topics including process improvement, ergonomics, in-plant logistics and layout. The ISE department has a long-standing capstone senior design project requirement for all BSISE students, plus graduate student project requirements. Industry benefits by stimulating new thinking as students deliver results they can be rolled out into their organizations.
Website: North Carolina A&T State University
Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing Podcast.
Listen to the interview with
Associate Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Dr. Paul Stanfield.
Website: East Carolina University
Hangar6, a First Flight Venture Center program, is the Research Triangle region’s premier prototyping and design assistance space for technology-based companies. Hangar6 enables designing, building and modeling product prototypes using tools, such as 3D scanners, CO2 lasers, metal fiber lasers, CNC mill, 3D printers and more.
NCMEP Partners Profile: Hangar6.
Website: UNC Charlotte
Website: Wilson College of Textiles