The Monthly e-Newsletter for Catawba County's Existing Industries

Recent good news you may have missed in the last few months:
We hope you enjoy this Summer issue and please feel free to reach out to me directly if you are in need of any assistance.
Nathan Huret
NC State - Energy Solutions  

The North Carolina State University Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) identifies and helps to implement energy efficiency and green initiatives that reduce energy, save money and increase profits, resulting in more competitive and sustainable NC companies.
The NC State University IAC has been a regional resource for programs, conducting plant assessments at no cost to eligible small- and mid-sized manufacturers since 1992.
Assessments are performed by a team consisting of a NC State University faculty member and upper-level undergraduate and graduate engineering students. During a site visit, faculty and students identify energy saving opportunities and take measurements to quantify the potential energy saved.
With the guidance of their professors, students then generate a confidential report identifying opportunities to save energy, reduce waste, and improve productivity.
These impacts help strengthen manufacturers, building upon the stability and health of the nation's economy. On average, IAC implemented recommendations ultimately save the facility more than $55,000 annually.
In order to qualify for a no-cost IAC assessment, manufacturers must meet three of the four following criteria:
  • Gross sales below $100 million
  • Fewer than 500 employees at the plant
  • Annual utility bills more than $100,000 and less than $2.5M
  • No in-house professional staff to perform an assessment
Interested companies should contact Dr. Stephen Terry (919-515-1878;
mfgCON 2018: September 18-19 

On September 18-19, manufacturers from across North Carolina will converge in Durham for mfgCONto share best practices, practical advice, and helpful tips for creating a safer, more efficient and more profitable manufacturing sector.
Organized by the NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the conference offers a specialized manufacturing curriculum with more than 24 highly curated sessions featuring expert speakers and real-world case studies from peer manufacturers, plus four keynote presentations. This year's tracks focus on solutions in four key areas: Workforce Development, Optimizing Production and Operations, Leadership and Culture, and Business Growth and Innovation.
The cost to attend is $319 until August 17 and $419 registering later. Click here to register.
New to mfgCON 2018 is a robotics pre-conference workshop on September 17, immediately preceding mfgCON 2018. It's being designed to help you understand why you should consider implementing robotics in your facility as well as learn best practices from manufacturers already using robotics, including real facts about what robots mean for American workers.
Cost is $99 in addition to the mfgCON 2018 conference fee. After registering for the pre-conference workshop, you will receive a discount code worth $50 off the mfgCON 2018 fee.

Vol. 10, Issue 3 - 

June & July 2018    
In This Issue
Energy Solutions
mfgCON 2018
PsychArmor Vet Training
Save the Date: Oct. 19-20
Training for Engaging the Military Community: PsychArmor Institute

With fewer than 7 percent of our country having served in uniform, most Americans are unfamiliar with military life and culture. A better understanding of military culture and the veteran community can alleviate many of the challenges veterans and service members face when returning from war or transitioning into civilian life.
PsychArmor Institute is a non-profit that provides
FREE, ONLINE EDUCATION and support to bridge the civilian-military divide by ensuring that every American has the tools and resources needed to engage effectively with service members and veterans. Though free, the available content is quickly gaining a reputation as some of the best available training for better understanding and assisting service members.
PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver online courses about issues relevant to the military and Veteran communities. PsychArmor's self-paced courses are delivered within nine topic areas geared toward military culture, healthcare providers, employers, K-12 educators, higher education, volunteers, caregivers and families, transitioning service members, and communities serving Veterans.  As an example of some of the available content, one course focuses on "creating a military friendly culture and onboarding program" or another course details "how to help veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) succeed".
Again all of PsychArmor's courses are completely FREE and professionals can earn FREE continuing education credit by taking courses with the "CE" badge.
Save the Date: Welcome Home, Hickory Metro  
(Oct. 19-20)

Our next veteran hiring event and family weekend, called " Welcome Home, Hickory Metro", is currently being organized for Friday, October 19 through Saturday, October 20, 2018. Employer and veteran registration will open in early August 2018.
With the WHHM weekend, we anticipate hosting 50+ talented individuals with tremendous skills and high character from our nation's Armed Forces to interview for your open positions. These folks are traveling in from Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson, Camp Lejeune and coming right to your doorstep.   
The WHHM weekend isn't a job fair and a scattershot approach - participated employers receive pre-matched interviews, where you can have 1-on-1 conversations with these veterans and understand their years of training, leadership, and skills.
Till registration opens, we would invite you to further explore the recently updated Welcome Home website.  
Thank you for your time and interest,
Nathan Huret
Director, Existing Industry Services 
Office - (828) 267-1564          Cell - (828) 244-3085