Strategy BE2.2: Identify ways to help traditional manufacturers repurpose assets and adopt advanced technologies.
For generations, we have relied on traditional manufacturing (e.g., textiles and furniture) to sustain the economy. The reality is that those industries are disappearing. From 2000 to 2011, North Carolina lost almost 42 percent of its manufacturing employment base. The ability to support those employees and businesses working in traditional manufacturing, by providing opportunities for training and retooling operations, will ensure the region’s economic competitiveness for generations to come.