The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, will be May 13-14, 2024, hosted by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Business North Carolina Magazine


The state manufacturing conference will be held at the Durham Convention Center, in Durham, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina – January 15, 2024 – The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) and Business North Carolina Magazine are hosting the 2024 North Carolina Manufacturing Conference, MFGCON, on May 13-14, 2024, at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701. 
The MFGCON manufacturing conference is the annual state event providing opportunities to  collaborate with industry experts and business peers to advance the manufacturing industry. Networking is an important part of the conference and the vendors exhibition hall offers introductions to new business resources 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. The resources, practical peer advice and industry knowledge will provide ideas and processes to implement for immediate return on investment immediately following the conference!

NCMEP Leadership Awards

A highlight of the state manufacturing conference is the NCMEP Leadership Awards ceremony. Manufacturers across the state of North Carolina are recognized for excellence in manufacturing. Nominations for the NCMEP Manufacturing Leadership Awards are accepted from January 16 – March 1, 2024. North Carolina manufacturers with less than 500 employees are eligible. There are several categories and submissions are easy with an online form:

If you know an organization that deserves to be honored for excellence, please submit a nomination.
Sponsorships, which include vendor booth space, are still available. Contact Norwood Teague at or call 919.370.0627 to sponsor MFGCON and support the manufacturing industry in North Carolina. Sponsorship information is also available on the MFGCON website at
We are still finalizing the agenda, sessions and keynote speakers’ schedules and will share here when plans are complete! If you would like to receive an email with updated information please subscribe:
MFGCON 2024 Release
MFGCON, The North Carolina Manufacturing Conference
May 13-14, 2024
Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701


The early bird registration discount ends April 5, 2024 – so register today!
Early Bird Price: Manufacturers $249, Non-manufacturers $399
After April 5, 2024 : Manufacturers $349, Non-manufacturers $499
Discounts are also available for organizations registered on, NCMEP Partners and attendees of manufacturing companies who provide speakers at the conference. Contact Susan Barber for more information.

Hotel Information

The Marriott at City Center, adjoining the conference center will hold a block of rooms for the North Carolina Manufacturing Conference attendees at a special $209/per night rate until March 22, 2023. Reserve your room
Contact Loree Blue, Director of Marketing and Communications, North Carolina Extension Partnership (NCMEP), 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, First Flight Venture Center/Hangar6;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.