Stanly Community College (SCC) was host to the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) meeting on April 7 on the Albemarle campus. NCMEP provides manufacturing extension services that enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of US-based manufacturing firms. It also works to strengthen the global competitiveness of small-and medium-sized manufacturers. Additionally, NCMEP links its manufacturing partners to a network of national expertise and suppliers, creating an innovation hub and knowledge base for the state of NC.
Maureen Little, Associate Vice President, NCWorks Customized Training for the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), and Marion Kinley, Director of Economic Development for SCC have been working diligently to spread the word about the many training programs that NCCCS has to offer manufacturers across the state. Ms. Kinley joined forces with Susan Barber, Assistant Director Manufacturing Programs and Development and Gene Beneduce, Regional Manager, both with NC State University, to work collectively on the NCMEP event for Stanly County.
The event began with a meet and greet where nearly 100 participants from manufacturing companies and local businesses were able to network. Ms. Robin McCree, SCC Interim President, welcomed the guests and introduced Phil Mintz, Director, NCMEP and Associate Executive Director, Industry Expansion Solution, NC State University, who gave an overview of NCMEP and its partners. Mike Huskey, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Fiberon, gave a presentation on manufacturing called, “Fiberon Manufacturing and the Lean Journey.” Other speakers for the event included Gene Beneduce, and Mike Hubbard, International Trade Manager, Economic Development Partnership of NC.
The event concluded with participants touring the Fiberon facility, located in New London. Fiberon is an international leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing, and fencing products. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, recent data advocates that, “Manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy; and there are 12.33 million manufacturing workers in the US, accounting for nine percent of the workforce.”
Mike Huskey (center) accepts a recognition award from Robin McCree (left) and Phil Mintz (right) during the NCMEP event hosted at SCC this past Thursday. Mr. Huskey was also the keynote speaker.
Dozens of participants attended the event which concluded with tours of the Fiberon facility, located in New London. Fiberon is an international leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing, and fencing products.