A new initiative is in the works to bring together manufacturing partners to help solve industry problems and bring more attention to the regional sector.
The Cape Fear Next Generation Manufacturing Sector Partnership has received a technical assistance award — partners’ training and support with the Next Generation model — from the N.C. State Sector Strategy Council, said Erin Easton, business engagement manager with the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board, which is leading the initiative across a four-county region.
The Cape Fear Workforce Development Board is under the umbrella of Cape Fear Council of Governments.
“As we know, the Cape Fear Region is growing. Just by numbers of folks moving here and working here,” Easton said, adding that with that growth the region has been attracting some big manufacturers, such as Pacon Manufacturing Corp. and Polyhose Inc., in recent years.
Next Generation Sector Partnership is a national initiative and model to form partnerships driven by industry and supported by community partners to strengthen regional economies and support job growth, according to the website.
“The Next Generation Sector Partnership approach will afford the regional partners the opportunity to use industry pull to truly get to the underlying factors effecting opportunities and successes of the manufacturing industry in our region,” according to a news release about the regional manufacturing initiative.
“The concept is we want to collectively maximize the opportunities and trends in the manufacturing industry here so that we can see growth for the small and large manufacturers and watch new manufacturers