InnovateNC Tour Looks at Economic Development Resources in Area

April 13, 2016

A large group of representatives from around the state got behind the scenes in Wilmington area business community to see what resources are available in the area to spur innovation. The event, the first in InnovateNC: A cross-city Learning Collaborative, involved representatives from five metropolitan areas in the state selected to take part in the state’s new InnovateNC initiative. The economic development initiative is designed to help these communities brainstorm, collaborate and find viable paths to economic growth, according to Gary Vidmar, Town of Leland’s economic and community development director.

After visiting and hearing from Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College (BCC) that included presentations on each school’s advanced certificate programs and visiting BCC’s new light manufacturing incubator space, the group was whisked to Manufacturing Methods, the fast-growing

machining and fabrication business in the Leland Industrial Park. The company uses lean manufacturing methods and is producing a broad range of products, using advanced computerized machining capabilities, that include dental products, precision parts and fabrication that include large moveable structures, outdoor pavilions and the like. “The company is an excellent example of innovation at work”, Vidmar said, “and is working with BCC to train high-tech machinists”.

As a working model of innovation, Manufacturing Methods was the ideal last stop for the Wilmington and Town of Leland InnovateNC cross city tour.