September 22, 2017 – The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is a group of partners that provides manufacturing services that enhance the productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance of NC-based manufacturing firms. Each year, the NCMEP recognizes leadership in the areas of workforce development, continuous improvement, sustainability and other areas through a number of awards that are given during an annual manufacturing conference.
The manufacturing conference referred to as mfgCON, is North Carolina’s premier conference for manufacturing and innovation, powered by Business North Carolina magazine and the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. On September 20, 2017, manufacturers from across North Carolina met at the 2017 Manufacturing Conference in Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center to share best practices, practical advice, and helpful tips for creating a safer, more efficient and more profitable manufacturing sector.
One of the keynote speakers at the event, Roy Cooper, the NC Governor, addressed the audience about innovation, growth, and education. The state awards program recognized manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance. At the 2017 NCMEP manufacturing conference, Mirimichi Green received the 2017 NCMEP Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing.
The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership said in their press release, “When one thinks of “sustainability,” golf courses are not the first thing that comes to mind. But when Memphis’ Mirimichi golf course was redesigned in 2009, its new owner was determined to make it both public and green; the course was redesigned to feature native landscapes and offer wildlife habitat connectivity and environmental education. It was also the first golf course to receive Audubon Classic Sanctuary Certification. After Mirimichi’s success, Mirimichi Green was formed in 2011 near Wilmington, NC to manufacture, sell and distribute an entire product line of sustainable soil and turf enhancers and weed and plant control products. Mirimichi Green’s products are designed to offer a bridge to more responsible landscaping methods, and to help consumers set reasonable goals for their own sustainable practices.”
Russ Britton, owner and CEO, and Web Cowden, COO of Mirimichi Green accepted the NCMEP Leadership Award on the company’s behalf. Mirimichi Green is honored to have their manufacturing processes and dedication to the environment recognized by their home state. They hope to encourage and educate other manufacturing facilities about sustainable practices.