In order to ensure continued job creation and investment, manufacturers must grow profitably. Companies must consider many factors related to expansion. Global markets provide opportunities often unknown to SMEs. Additionally, it is clear in today’s business environment that innovation is the primary driver of growth for individual companies and the economy as a whole.

NCMEP partners work with manufacturers who are ready to grow or seeking ways to implement existing growth plans through effective applications.

Expansion Assistance

With one of the largest economic development networks in the nation, North Carolina is dedicated to providing companies the assistance and resources necessary to address their unique business needs. The state has a long term commitment to job growth and retention. As a result, manufacturers can get direct support of their growth plans through various programs.

The NCMEP economic development team offers comprehensive manufacturing facility location and state incentive services from initial contact, through site location to future growth and expansion. In essence, we deliver confidential, thorough and professional assistance for a company’s relocation and expansion needs.

NCMEP Success Stories in Expansion Assistance:

International Trade

North Carolina plays a strong role in the global economy, attracting foreign companies that base major operations here and supporting North Carolina firms that export goods all around the world. With the weak dollar and rapid growth in emerging economies, export sales are the fastest growing segment of the market. However, many companies are missing out on these growth opportunities because they don’t know the ins and outs of exporting.

NCMEP and the State of North Carolina provide specialists and a wide variety of enabling programs that can prepare and assist North Carolina manufacturers to export.

NCMEP Success Stories in International Trade: 

Innovation Management

A recent university study found that businesses with a primary strategy of innovation have double the profit margin of those with a primary strategy of low cost. Innovation management allows manufacturers to expand out of commodity markets and sell unique products on value.

NCMEP can help companies by teaching advanced methods for generating fresh ideas for innovative new products and creating profitable products and services. Additionally, we can help companies identify critical new technologies, processes, materials or capabilities to enable the development of ideas.

NCMEP Success Stories in Innovation Management:

Product Development and Testing

Getting a new product all the way to market can be a daunting task for manufacturers without the proper experience and discipline. As the drive for innovation with its continuous pipeline of new design ideas evolves, so can the proliferation of inefficiencies and costs. Small and mid-size manufacturers can be at special risk with their investment capital constraints.

NCMEP maintains staff engineers and unique partnerships with development and testing labs in industries critical to the state including plastics, textiles, and furniture. SMEs have access to the engineers and technicians at the time of need reducing the amount of underutilized infrastructure.

NCMEP Success Stories in Product Development:


Key NCMEP Business Growth and Innovation Partners


Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina    NC State Industry Expansion Solutions   Polymers Center for Excellence   Manufacturing Solutions Center