E-07: Equilibar Podcast

E-07: A North Carolina “Basement” Success Story

What started as an engineer’s basement invention has grown into one of the world’s most in-demand pressure regulators.

Pressure control technologies are an integral part of many products and industries. They assist in supplying important operations with the appropriate amount of fluid or gas.Our next guest’s valves and regulators have been dubbed gold standard within pressure control technology manufacturing.
I sat down and talked with Jeff Jennings, inventor, founder and president of Equilibar. Jeff founded the company in 2007. What started in his basement grew into a company whose products are in-demand across the globe. Jeff obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and has been in the manufacturing industry for over 20 years.
The company is located in Fletcher, North Carolina, a town located 25 minutes south of Asheville, NC. Nestled in between the ancient Appalachian Mountains, Equilibar designs innovative flow control, sanitary, back pressure and vacuum control devices.
On this episode of Clocking In, we discuss the founding of Equilibar, how the internet assisted the expansion of Equilibar’s customer base, Jeff’s invention of patented pressure control products, how Jeff helped found the DuPont State Forest and more.
Phil Mintz is the Executive Director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). At NCMEP, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES Extension Operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders providing business engagement, assessment and improvement tools. This includes statewide peer networks, ISO 9000 quality management systems, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, environmental services, and health and safety solutions.
Jeff Jennings is the founder and president of Equilibar. Jeff has more than 30 years of engineering experience in manufacturing. He graduated from Clemson University in 1985 Magna Cum-Laude with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Jeff was the founding president and board member for Friends of Dupont Forest from 2001 to 2007 and is currently a member of a state-appointed committee on the DuPont State Forest Advisory Committee.

Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Teresa Bradford
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Mike Reep
Graphic Designer: Casey Hembrick

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Local manufacturers to produce health care gear

NCMEP partners NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC) and the Manufacturing Solutions Center have all stepped up and joined forces with a group of manufacturing companies and nonprofit organizations to assist with the manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to #COVID19. Read the full article here.

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COVID-19 Supplier Form

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is building a database of companies with certain capabilities during this critical time. There are over 20 critical supplies needed to respond to COVID-19.
If your company currently does or can quickly begin production, please complete this form. NCMEP will share this information with federal and state stakeholders such as the US Department of Commerce and NCDPS Emergency Management agency to help meet these needs. Furthermore, your secured information provides us with crucial analytical data to dynamically generate topics, related companies, and resources.

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COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Small and Medium Size Manufacturers

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is a network of six North Carolina organizations that provide extension services designed to enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of NC manufacturing companies.
Together, we work for a common goal of providing solutions and services that help our clients save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits and create and retain jobs. NCMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network ™, a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, and NIST MEP in North Carolina.
The Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence works side by side with the MEP National Network as the continuing manufacturing education entity. They are providing the latest and most up to date information to the centers regarding the coronavirus pandemic, how it’s impacting small and medium (SMMs) sized manufacturers today and providing resources to the Centers, SMMs and the public. Click here for the link to these valuable resources.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
On March 3, North Carolina reported its first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is providing timely updates on our state’s status. Learn more. 
This NCMEP resource page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available.
America Makes – COVID-19 Health Care Needs and AM Capabilities Repository
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Homeland Security
Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC)
Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence
Manufactured in North Carolina Supplier Database
National Association of Manufacturers
National Cyber Security Alliance
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
NC Department of Commerce
NC Rapid Recovery Loans
NC Chamber Resource Guide
NC State University
US Chamber of Commerce
US Small Business Administration
World Health Organization
Vertical IQ

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