Durham, NC | Nov 13-14, 2018

On November 13-14, manufacturers from across North Carolina will converge in Durham to share best practices, practical advice, and helpful tips for creating a safer, more efficient and more profitable manufacturing sector.


Just like your organization, mfgCON continues to evolve. The 2018 agenda reflects the feedback mfgCON attendees have given over previous years. It’s designed to help you learn, solve and connect on what’s most important to you and your business: Workforce Development; On the Plant Floor; Business Growth + Innovation; and Leadership + Culture.

Register early to save $100


Early bird

until Aug. 17



Sep. 12 – Nov. 5

mfgCON 2018 will be held November 13-14 at the Durham Convention Center, located in the heart of historic downtown Durham, NC. The conference offers a specialized manufacturing curriculum with more than 24 highly curated sessions featuring expert speakers and real-world case studies from your fellow NCMEP colleagues, plus four keynote presentations.

Interested in Attending?

Registration is now open. To find out about early bird discounts and other registration updates be sure to join our mailing list.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Download the Sponsorship Overview Presentation for details and business growth opportunities at mfgCON 2018.


Each year we join forces with North Carolina’s most innovative manufacturers to bring you MFGCON. For more details about our 2018 sponsorship opportunities and levels, click the chart or visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page. For sponsorship inquiries, contact nteague@businessnc.com or call 919.370.0627.


Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Click here to see a list of companies who attended MFGCON in 2017

2018 Pre-Conference Workshop

Back by Popular Demand

Due to the popularity of the robotics panel discussion at mfgCON 2017, NCMEP will hold a robotics pre-conference workshop on November 12 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

Workshop TakeAways

This workshop will 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.

Robots Gaining Traction in North Carolina

The Brookings Institute estimated that the nation had almost 234,000 industrial robots in 2015. North Carolina, alone, had 7485 in 2015, more than doubling the amount the state had in 2010 and ranking 13th in the nation for the number of industrial robots.  The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) believes that robotics shipments to the United States will increase 15% per year from 2018-2020.

Robotics is Finally Within Your Reach

Ranging from huge industrial robots to smaller collaborative robots or “cobots” that work next to humans, robots help automate production to keep American companies globally competitive, while maintaining operations at home. Robots offer significant productivity and safety advantages, even for small operations. Come learn how to get the fastest ROI for your automation investment.

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

The workshop will be held 1-day immediately preceding mfgCON 2018. Cost is $99 in addition to the mfgCON 2018 conference fee. For more details about workshop takeaways, featured speakers and registration click here.

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Hotel Information

MFGCON 2018 will be held at the Durham Convention Center, located in the heart of historic downtown Durham, NC and MFGCON is partnering with the Durham Marriott City Center and Unscripted Hotel Durham to offer special group rates for MFGCON 2018 attendees.

Durham Marriott City Center

201 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-768-6000

The Durham Marriott City Center will offer a rate of 159.00 USD per night.

Unscripted Hotel Durham

202 N Corcoran St, Durham NC, 27701
+1 984-329-9500

Unscripted Durham will offer a group rate of 150.00 USD per night.