What we want to create is a System for creating jobs in the Hickory Metro area. 1)Catalog of CVCC Resources – Find out who is willing and able to help with specific problems and projects. Lots of talent at CVCC not being utilized except for academic classes. What if you can turn them to also help with industry problems. Example of Kim Browning and lead testing for textiles – Saved the sock industry alone a conservative estimate of 29.5 million in unnecessary testing costs that would have been required this Feb 10th. Also helping new business startups in horticulture/engineering. We know how to help model and build the green house structure but will that structure grow what is needed. That involves getting Darrell Kiser involved. The list can go on and on and Ron Valentini is working with MSC to get these resources cataloged. 2) Catalog of Hickory Metro Manufacturing Capabilities- The next piece of the puzzle is to know in fine detail what the capabilities of all the manufacturers in the area are so we can refer problems and opportunities to companies in the area. If the problems can be solved or product made by someone in the area then everyone wins. This is a key part of the system. The EDC and Chamber are both willing to make this happen along with our help. 3) MSC for Rapid Prototyping, market development, government procurement, web development, export help, testing capabilities, resource for help from other agencies, etc. Liaison to the Centennial Campus at NCSU. Wet lab space available to incubate new companies in the biotech field.4) ASU Engineering Center – Can rapid prototype with metalworking and some 3D modeling we do not have. They are set up for curriculum classes but have been great about letting us use their toys for solving problems. 5) As a backup on the metalworking side we are exploring a working relationship with Haywood CC Advanced Tech Center. Since they are in the community college system it is easier for them to respond to some problems quickly.6) BTEC and Triad Biotech spinoffs – we will work closely with their spin off companies to help them find the Hickory Metro area to do their manufacturing. If we have the wet lab space and the MSC reputation then it will be easier for the EDC to recruit those companies. 7) Solving Manufacturing Problems - If we create this system, no matter who is called with a manufacturing problem, we can find a solution here in the Hickory Metro Area. If we get this reputation as a problem solving community – Where do you think they will locate their next plant?8) The entire system leads to more jobs and a better economy. 4) Catalog
Building A System for Jobs in the Hickory Metro Area and Beyond<br />An Opportunity to Fundamentally ChangeThe Current Economic Climate<br />
The Vital Statistics<br /><ul><li>Hickory Metro has gone from 181,000 jobs in 2000 to 140,000 in 2008.
Unemployment is for Unifour area is highest MSA in NC – 14.8% in December 2009.
Lowest educational attainment of the 14 MSA’s in NC.
Lots of training going on but we are not making headway as a community. </li></ul>Realization – No one is going to save us, we have to grow from within.<br />
Oct 2009 – Catawba Chamber Event Identified Local Resources<br />ASU Higher Ed Center <br />ASU Engineering Center<br />Lenoir Rhyne University<br />CVCC<br />NCSU - IES<br />City, County and State agencies<br />Catawba Chamber of Commerce<br />All this is helpful but we need immediate job creation. We need an outside of the box system to change things!<br />
Part of NC Community College System<br />19 full time and 18 part time employees<br />Started as the Hosiery Technology Center<br />2 locations in Hickory and High Point<br />Legislation to service entire NC<br />State and Federally funded<br />In existence for almost 20 years<br />Focus on Creating and Preserving - JOBS<br />
NIST SURVEY RESULTS for The Manufacturing Solutions Center – A 3rd party survey of MSC Customers September 2008, August 2009<br /> <br />QUANTITATIVE IMPACTS (ALL COMPANIES COMBINED)<br /> <br />Increased Sales Total $2,868,000<br />Retention of Sales Total $1,633,000<br />Cost Savings Total $274,000<br />Retention of Jobs Total 75<br />Creation of Additional Jobs Total 53<br />INVESTMENT OR SAVINGS TOTALS<br />Plant or Equipment Investment Total$162,000<br />Information Systems Investment Total $84,000<br />Workforce Practices Investment Total$42,000<br />Other Areas of Business Investment Total$15,000<br />Save on Investments Total$44,000<br /> <br />SUM OF ALL CREATED OR RETAINED JOBS - 128<br />SUM OF ALL DOLLARS REPORTED $5,122,000<br />
Results from The NIST SurveyThe Manufacturing Solutions Center (Formerly the Hosiery Technology Center)For the Period of January 1, 2001 through June, 30, 2009<br />
This is a return of 130/1 on the state and federal dollars invested in MSC.<br />
www.manufacturingsolutionscenter.org<br />Industries We Serve – It’s Not Just Hosiery Anymore<br />
Manufacturing Solutions Center Testing<br />The Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) Testing Center personnel are experienced in a multitude of different areas and are focused on you, the customer. We currently perform product testing for over 240 different manufacturers, retailers and brands. <br />We Are A Little Different Than Most Testing Labs<br />We Invite Customer Interaction.<br />Strict Confidentiality<br />Fast Accurate Results<br />ISO 17025 Lab Certification . <br />We focus on finding and solving the problem.<br />Corporate Member <br />We are also a member of ASTM and participate on their various committees at ASTM also. www.astm.org.<br />.<br />www.manufacturingsolutionscenter.org<br />
Furniture – Foam Core Mock-up that sold $600,000 worth of furniture. Created, packed and shipped mockup to the customer in Dallas. </li></ul>From R&D, Sample Development, Logos, Websites, Catalogs, Packaging, Distribution, Exporting/Logistics we have or have partnerships to make a business successful!!!! <br />
Who Is Asking for Help?<br /><ul><li>Delta Apparel – Maiden, NC – Gravimetric Absorption Testing needed to expand GSA Contracts
Bolem Corp – Apex, NC – Development of compression testing equipment
Protect Plus – Hickory, NC Expanded Prototyping capabilities needed
Studio Q and HBF Inc – Hickory, NC -BIFMA testing for government contracting
Outlast Technologies –Boulder , Colorado– testing for phase change materials they produce for manufacturers in NC. (differential scanning calorimeter test), they supply fibers for Richmond Yarns in Ellerbe, NC.
Mayo Knitting – Tarboro, NC – Expanded textile testing for military contracts
Kent Wool – Pickens, SC – only supplier of wool for NC manufacturers producing military contracts needs thermal testing and increased prototyping .
Magnevolt – Clayton, NC and Innovasource in Huntersville, NC – Needs increased 3D printing capabilities for their liquid battery and eco friendly cleaner chemical companies.
Noble Biomaterials – Scranton, Pa – needs increased antimicrobial testing capabilities. Several NC firms use Noble products for their military contracts.</li></ul>This is a sampling of the requests we are getting from companies looking to expand!!! <br />
Opportunity – Conover Station<br />Given a 40,000 sq foot facility from City of Conover at Conover Station. It was the site of a Broyhill Furniture Factory that closed in 2004. <br />Downtown Conover location<br />Brownfield Site and site of DOT rail stop. <br />27 acres of area for more expansion. <br />Allow us to expand what we are currently doing, add wet lab space for new startups and joint R&D. Will create a business innovation accelerator facility to create new JOBS.<br />