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



After a hiatus, we are happy to announce the return of Industry Pulse, the monthly e-newsletter for Catawba County's existing industries. We promise to keep this periodical informative and relevant to the needs of our local companies; we always appreciate your time and involvement reading each issue.
As well as an interesting read,  "Manufacturing's Next Act" by McKinsey and Company  


Finally, I would like to remind you of recent staff changes at the EDC.   

  • As of May, I am back in the role serving the county's existing industries.  I look forward to working with each of you again and providing the assistance you need to not only survive today's competitive world, but thrive.
  • Official today, Hailey Hedden ( joined the EDC and likely will be the very nice person greeting you over the phone or at our office. The wonderful Vivian Gilliam retired last week, and Hailey will be assuming her responsibilities and growing her role at the EDC.

Thank you for your time this month and please do not hesitate to contact me (; 828-244-3085) or the EDC if we can assist you or your business.


From September 28 - October 2, CVCC is organizing CREATE YOUR FUTURE, a weeklong series of events designed to expand public knowledge about, and improvement the perception of, manufacturing careers and manufacturing's value to our state and Catawba Valley economies. The week will culminate as our area joins hundreds of manufacturers and schools across the country celebrating National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2.


As a manufacturer, CREATE YOUR FUTURE is a tremendous opportunity to participate and:

  • Tell your company's story
  • Dispel outdated myths about your industry and manufacturing
  • Inspire a new generation of manufacturers
  • Connect with peer manufacturers in our community
Ready to host a tour? Participate in the Showcase? Or perhaps even donate $ and "sponsor" the week?

Please contact Kimberly Propst at CVCC (828-244-1911; to see how you can support this important endeavor.
Environmental Assistance & Customer Service Info Session   
September 1st, 2015

1pm - 5pm

Foothills Higher Education Center

2128 S Sterling St

Morganton, NC 28655

(located directly off Interstate 40 at exit 105.)


The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) in cooperation with the Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC) will discuss the services and programs provided at no cost to interested NC businesses and industry.


Come learn about the Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI), Waste Reduction Partners (WRP), and the State Recycling Office programs. The agenda will include presentations by program managers, DEACS clients, and time for Q&A.


The DEACS team will also stay in the region September 2 & 3 if you would like a visit to your facility to learn more about their services.


To register, please click here.

Vol. 7, Issue 1 - 

August 2015  
In This Issue
3D Printing Competition
mfgCON 2015
 Inaugural 3D Printing Competition 


3D Printing is changing the manufacturing landscape. Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) is helping companies in a wide range of industries realize their design ideas at every stage, from concept to end-use parts faster and cheaper than has ever been possible before.  


Generating inexpensive, yet highly accurate prototypes early in the design process allows manufacturers and engineers to check form, fit, and function without committing significant resources. They can rapidly gauge customer response to an item, adjust the design and produce multiple iterations to compare alternatives. They can even quickly craft end-use parts that are customized for a particular job - and they can do all of this in hours or days, not the weeks or months that are required for traditional outsourcing to fabricators.


In an effort to shed a spotlight on this disruptive technology, a number of local companies (Concept Frames in Newton; US Conec in Hickory) and business assistance organizations have created the inaugural Catawba County 3D Printing Competition.


Companies and individuals are invited to apply by September 7 and illustrate some of their most innovative designs or where a particular 3D printing process saved substantial time and money for the company.


For rules, prizes and the application, please click here. Good Luck!
mfgCON 2015 


October 20-21, 2015

NC State University - McKimmon Center


$250 (early bird ends 8/31) 

To be the best, it helps to learn from some of the best.  The inaugural mfgCON will offer the opportunity to hear practical advice and receive takeaways from best-in-class NC manufacturers - everyone from large OEMs to innovative makers - on emerging manufacturing technologies, environmental sustainability, continuous improvement and more.

The conference will include two full days of presentations and breakout sessions designed for maximum exposure to the best tools and resources in manufacturing.  To view the agenda and great keynote speaker list, please click here.


Please register ASAP to take advantage of the $100 price break!

Thank you for your time and interest,
Nathan Huret
Director, Existing Industry Services 
Office - (828) 267-1564          Cell - (828) 244-3085