November 14, 2018


NCMEP Recognizes Manufacturing Leadership

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), the official representative of the MEP National Network™ and NIST MEP in North Carolina, announced the winners of its 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards at mfgCON in Durham, North Carolina. The NCMEP awards program recognizes manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of developing markets, advanced talent development, continuous improvement, innovation and sustainability.

“Our state’s manufacturers continue to expand and excel in performance, leading to sustained customer satisfaction,” says Phil Mintz, NCMEP Director and Executive Director of NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). “It is important that we continue to nurture and recognize the contributions of small and medium-sized manufacturers as they lead the way in manufacturing growth and innovation throughout North Carolina.”

The winner of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Award for Continuous Improvement was American Woodmark.

As one of the leading cabinet manufacturers with a strong culture of continuous improvement, accomplished by innovating and reengineering manufacturing processes, supply chain management and business practices. We are committed to providing quality products, designed and produced in our North American facilities. This is clearly evident in our Hamlet, North Carolina facility where we focus on every detail, no matter how small, to help us become more efficient and proficient. The facility has recently completed eight continuous improvement projects with impressive results. For example, we documented that the rate for cell audits in quality was 81.6 percent. The goal was to increase the rate to 95 percent by training employees on quality plans in order to decrease the number of quality defects. In doing so, we discovered that most defects occurred from air pressure (too little or too much pressure), causing quality issues. Upon completion of the cell audit and the training, the current quality rate stands at 98.71 percent. We tackled another project that focused on unscheduled downtime on the rovers. In our analysis, we discovered changing of materials created the greatest percentage of downtime. The original goal was to reduce downtime to 20 percent but this improvement project helped reduce downtime to 21.9 percent.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is the official representative of the MEP National Network™ and NIST MEP in North Carolina. The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.