The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, will be held on April 20-21 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The conference provides innovative ideas and resources that help manufacturers with market expansion, technology and advanced manufacturing, process optimization, workforce and supply chain issues.

Raleigh, North Carolina – February 22, 2023 – The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and Business North Carolina Magazine are hosting the 2023 North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, on April 20-21, 2023, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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. Receive resources, practical peer advice and industry knowledge to implement for immediate results.

The two-day event launches on Thursday, April 20, 2023, 7:30-9:00 am, with a continental breakfast during registration. The conference begins at 9:15 am and includes lunch and networking opportunities from 12:00-1:30 pm. The first day concludes with a reception and vendor showcase from 4:00-5:45 pm. On Friday, April 21, 2023, the conference continues from 9:00 am until 11:40 am. Conference participants will gather for lunch and the NCMEP Leadership In Manufacturing Awards ceremony from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm.

MFGCON, The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference
April 20-21, 2023
Benton Convention Center, 301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Register to Attend

The early bird discount ends March 19, so register today!

 The Marriott Downtown Winston-Salem holds a block of rooms for the North Carolina Manufacturing Conference attendees at a special $169/per night rate until March 22, 2023. Reserve your room

Attendees will hear how:

  • to expand your market through federal contracting, what is required to be a federal supplier, how the federal government buys products, where to find opportunities, socio-economic small business programs, and resources available to assist federal contractors in North Carolina
  • five North Carolina manufacturers diversified their capabilities through technology and innovation to meet the challenges of supply chain disruptions; how they solved workforce issues and implemented automation through capital investments in new equipment to be able to thrive in today’s economy
  • to reduce downtime by 50% through the implementation of a predictive maintenance program
  • innovative ideas to manage change in manufacturing can improve employee engagement 
  • to expand your business through international trade, hear about resources available to North Carolina manufacturers seeking to export or grow their international sales and key attributes of successful international exporters
  • North Carolina organizations are implementing initiatives to influence our younger generation to consider careers in manufacturing
  • to access untapped labor through work release and re-entry programs
  • strategies to implement worker committee and mentor buddy programs can reduce turnover and increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • to hire supervised teams of North Carolina State University engineering students to document and identify ways to optimize processes at your organization to solve production challenges
  • to identify cybersecurity risks you and your company should be worried about and simple action steps you can implement to protect your company
  • to partner with your local community college to develop a program to increase applicant pool and retention and integrate onboarding to transition into new hire successes
  • online tools and state and national programs currently available to manufacturers that can help you solve supply chain challenges

Contact Loree Blue, Director of Marketing and Communications, NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), at


About North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP)

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is the state network in North Carolina for the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which is part of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). MEP is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. NCMEP is administered by NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and is joined by partners from the North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks Customized Training; the Economic Development Partnership of NC; the Polymers Center of Excellence; the Manufacturing Solutions Center; NC A&T State University Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing; Hangar6; East Carolina University College of Business; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Industrial Solutions Lab; and NC State University Wilson College of Textiles.

About Business North Carolina Magazine 

We do what nobody else does – cover one very special place, this state, and its economy, which is as diverse as the people who call it home. We produce quality, in-depth journalism, digging behind the news, delivering what we uncover in a manner that, though at times provocative, is always fair, accurate and thorough. Our job at Business North Carolina is to reflect reality and, in doing so, both enlighten and entertain our readers.