E-07: Equilibar Podcast

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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.

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Equilibar
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.
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PHIL MINTZ
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
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.
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PRODUCTION TEAM
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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E-15: Checking the Pulse of the Economy with Dr. Walden

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E-15: Checking the Pulse of the Economy with Dr. Walden

 Dr. Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and extension economist, discusses how the economy and jobs have been affected by the pandemic.
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Dr. Michael Walden
The pandemic has done a number on our economy. The shut down necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19 caused the economy to recede and led to massive layoffs. To dissect the status of the economy, the manufacturing industry and the possible track to recovery, we’re talking to someone we had on the podcast a year ago under different circumstances—economist Dr. Michael Walden.
Dr. Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and extension economist at North Carolina State University. Dr. Walden’s role at NC State is composed of teaching, research and extension responsibilities in consumer economics, economic outlook and public policy. He’s an accomplished author who has published eleven books and over 300 articles and reports.
In this episode, we discuss how the pandemic has affected our economy and North Carolina manufacturing, our economic recovery outlook, the positives and negatives of the US trade deals, Dr. Walden’s new publications and more.
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ABOUT
Phil Mintz
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.
Dr. Michael Walden
Dr. Michael Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and extension economist at North Carolina State University and a member of the graduate economics faculty with The Poole College of Management. His Ph.D. degree is from Cornell University and has been at N.C. State since 1978. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Duke University. He has served on several local and state level commissions. He currently teaches ARE 201 Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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PRODUCTION TEAM
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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Business Continuity Planning Series

Webinar Dates

Preparedness Planning: Ensuring your business can survive the unexpected
November 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Process
November 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Create Recovery Plans
November 19 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 

Incident Management and Crisis Communication Plan
December 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

 
Preparedness Planning:  Ensuring your business can survive the unexpected. November 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Are you worried that your business continuity plan doesn’t cover all of the bases? Learn about what goes into a plan and why it’s vital for your business’s survival. In this webinar, Sharon Justice will discuss: 

What is a business continuity plan and why is it important? 
Continuity plan concerns
Consequences of a failure to develop continuity plans
Components of a continuity plan 

 
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Process, November 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Curious to know more about the business continuity planning process? Learn about reviewing and engaging in a business impact analysis and risk assessment for each department within your business. In this webinar, Sharon Justice will discuss how to: 

Identify operational and financial impacts 
Define and identify the likelihood of risks
Categorize impact severity: high, medium and low
Identify the consequences of risks—employee or customer safety
Define priorities for recovery plan development

 
Create Recovery Plans, November 19, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 
Does your organization have a sound recovery plan? According to Access, 40% of businesses fail to open after a disaster. Learn about what you need to do before and after a disaster to increase your chances of a successful recovery. In this webinar, Sharon Justice will discuss: 

How to prioritize recovery plan work and start with the most critical for business preparedness
Document policies, procedures, people and resources for each high impact/high likelihood risk identified.  

 
Incident Management and Crisis Communication Plan, December 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST
When something unexpected happens within your organization, who is in charge of your crisis communication? Learn about developing incident management and crisis communication plans via this interactive forum. In this webinar, Sharon Justice and co-founder and managing partner at Antelope, Anissa Davenport, will help you to:

Understand what crisis communication is and why it is important
Learn what makes crisis communications planning successful
Prepare for the unexpected

Webinar Presenters »
Supply Chain Management Risk and Resiliency Series »

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Supply Chain Management Risk and Resiliency Series

Webinar Dates

Supply Chain Risk
November 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Managing Supply Chain Management Risk
November 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Supply Chain Management Resiliency
December 3, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 

Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency Case Study
December 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

 
Supply Chain Risk, November 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST
Are you aware of the seen and unseen risks to your supply chain? Learn about comprehending the sources and drivers of supply chain risk. In this webinar, Jon Kirchoff will:

Define supply chain management (SCM) risk and factors that make supply chains more vulnerable
Introduce the “equation” of risk:  probably of a risk occurring * cost/loss of risk
Discuss the five sources of SCM risk
Explain the categories of drivers of SCM risk
Explain global SCM risk

 
Managing Supply Chain Management Risk, November 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST
Disruptions to your organization’s supply chain can cause long-term damage to your organization. Learn about the tools for effectively managing supply chain management risks. In this webinar, Jon Kirchoff will discuss: 

Strategic approaches to risk management
Seven-step approach to SCM risk management
Event probability 2×2 matrix with equation on the axes (probably and cost/loss)
Root cause analysis:  Asking “why” five times
Best practices for managing risk
Costs related to managing risk

 
Supply Chain Management Resiliency, December 3, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 
Are you looking for ways to strengthen your supply chain? Learn about a strategy approach to supply chain resiliency. In this webinar, Jon Kirchoff will: 

Define supply chain management resiliency
Discuss how to make supply chains more resilient
Identify the costs related to creating a resilient supply chain
Discuss the resilience curves (sharp rebound or more gradual) and associated issues

 
Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency Case Study, December 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 
Join an interactive case study led by John Kros on developing an approach to managing supply chain risk and resiliency.
 
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Manufacturing Business Continuity Planning & Supply Chain Management Risk and Resiliency Webinar Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things into perspective. It has placed extraordinary demands on businesses and you, as manufacturing  leaders; it has also created fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its unpredictability have made it especially challenging, having to deal with disruptions in production demand as well as the challenges of maintaining a consistent pipeline of supplies. What you may need during this time is not just a predefined response plan for these types of unanticipated interruptions, but also strategic behaviors and mindsets that can help you look ahead.
North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) partner East Carolina University (ECU) has designed a two-pronged manufacturing webinar series focused on helping you ensure business continuity as well as resiliency in your company’s supply chain during these times of stress. By helping you identify risks, plan for uncertainty and prepare a response to this crisis, you’ll have the ability to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and potential future crises.
This webinar series is specifically for NC manufacturers and is funded by the CARES Act through NCMEP. There is no charge to attend these events, but registration is required. You will get the most out of this series if you attend each event in the series; but, each one has been designed as a stand alone event as well.  After you register, a link to join the webinar will be sent.
 
Webinar Dates:
Business Continuity Planning Series

Preparedness Planning: Ensuring your business can survive the unexpected
November 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Process
November 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Create Recovery Plans
November 19, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 

Incident Management and Crisis Communication Plan
December 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Learn more about this series »
 
Supply Chain Management Risk and Resiliency Series

Supply Chain Risk
November 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Managing Supply Chain Management Risk
November 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Supply Chain Management Resiliency
December 3, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST 

Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency Case Study
December 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

Learn more about this series »
 
Webinar Presenters
Sharon Justice has worked for over 25 years in various industry sectors focused on strategically growing businesses while equipping leaders and individuals for success. Sharon joined the faculty of the College of Business at East Carolina University in 2011 where she developed and is currently teaching a leadership course for junior business majors. She continues to offer customized leadership development programs and provides strategic business consulting through Justice Leadership. Prior to joining the university, she spent her career focused in human resources and achieved the title of senior vice president with Wells Fargo. She worked in multiple business segments with both Wachovia and Wells Fargo. She’s an award-winning speaker and teacher and was recognized by the NCACPA as an outstanding presenter in 2018 and as an ECU Incredible Woman in 2019. Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, small business management, and an MBA, both from East Carolina University. She also holds a senior professional designation in human resources designation from both the HR Certification Institute and the Society of HR Management.
Jon Kirchoff is an associate professor of supply chain management at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His primary areas of research include global supply chain risk management, sustainable supply chain management, and healthcare supply chain management. He has published articles in Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and other academic outlets. Prior to academia, he worked 15 years in purchasing and logistics management positions with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Echostar Technologies and OEA Inc.
John Kros is a Vincent K. McMahon Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is a member of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Production Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). John’s current research includes simulation and process analysis, quality control, applied statistical analysis and applications to supply chain problems.

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MFGCON Pre-Conference Webinar

Join us for a special pre-conference MFGCON webinar. Topics include a keynote on Manufacturing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities from Kenneth P. Voytek, Chief Economist, MEP National Network and Policy Considerations for Manufacturing from Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC. There will also be an international supply chain panel discussion as well as a conversation with one of North Carolina’s manufacturing CEOs, Stephen Shuford of Shurtape Technologies.
 

Thursday, November 5, 2020
 

9:30 am- 9:40 am

Introduction/Welcome
Phil Mintz, Director of NCMEP and Executive Director of NC State University IES Ben Kinney, Publisher, Business North Carolina

9:40 am- 10:10 am

Manufacturing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities Kenneth P. Voytek, Chief Economist, MEP National Network

10:10 am- 10:40 am

International Supply Chain Panel Discussion:

Joe Melvin, Director of Business Development, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership (Moderator)
Aaron M. Brott, Sr. Director, Key Client & Trade Development, NC Ports Authority
Jimmy Yokeley, President/CEO, Logistics Advantage LLC-Affiliate of Transportation Impact, Inc. Carl Warren, President, North Carolina Railroad

10:40 am-10:50 am

BREAK/Sponsor Overview

10:50 am- 11:20 am

Policy Considerations for Manufacturing
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

11:20 am – 11:35 am

A Conversation with a Manufacturing CEO:
Stephen P. Shuford, Vice Chairman, STM Industries, Inc.

11:35 am – 11:45 am

Closing Remarks/Invitation to May MFGCON/Special Recognition of Manufacturers Making PPE Phil Mintz and Ben Kinney

 

 
MFGCON Preconference Sponsors
We would like to recognize our MFGCON Sponsors for their support to NC Manufacturing.

 

Register for the Conference »

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