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Industry Partners

Project DeSIRE connects students to STEM careers in advanced manufacturing through our industry partnerships. Our industry partners serve a number of roles on the project including collaborating on curriculum development for the engineering design course, acting as invited guest speakers in the classroom and hosting future site tours of their manufacturing facilities. Each of our industry partners have manufacturing facilities in Edgecombe and Nash counties. One of the goals of Project DeSIRE is to show students the range of STEM career options available in their local community and teach them the technical and essential skills necessary to be successful in the advanced manufacturing industry.  

STEM Knowledge Transfer Model is a circular flow chart that features NSF ITEST goals, NC State (COE and CED), Industry Partners, Rural K-12 Schools (Educators), Middle School Students, Research and Evaluation. Industry Partners. The spotlight on Industry Partners features a bullet list of partners Pfizer, Cummins, LS Cable and System, Poppies International, and Kehein

Our Partners


Pfizer’s Rocky Mount, North Carolina, site is one of the largest sterile injectable facilities in the world, with more than 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space on 250 acres in Eastern North Carolina. Nearly 25% of all sterile injectables used in U.S. hospitals are produced at the site.

At this facility, a wide range of products are produced, including anesthesia, analgesia, therapeutics, anti-infectives and neuromuscular blockers. These products are available in small volume presentations, such as ampules, vials and syringes, and large volume presentations, such as IV bags and semi-rigid bottles.

More than 400 million units leaving the Rocky Mount site annually help treat patients around the world.

LS Cable & System U.S.A. Inc.

Global brand. American made.
LS Cable & System U.S.A. Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of energy wire and cable products serving commercial, industrial, renewable and utility markets. 

LSCSUSA is working to build better power cables that exceed industry standards. With their North American headquarters based in Atlanta, Georgia, and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Tarboro, NC, LSCSUSA’s commitment to service, product quality and support enable them to meet or exceed their customer’s requirements and expectations.

Their products include:

  • LV instrumentation cables for control systems, audio, intercoms, energy management and alarm controls
  • LV control, power and VFD cables for industrial or utility power or station control circuit
  • MV power cables for primary power and distribution circuits 
  • Photovoltaic wire for the renewable solar market

From the timeliness of their service to the performance of our products, Excellence is in our DNA.

Potential partners: Interested in connecting with us or becoming a partner? Email Tameshia Ballard Baldwin, Ph.D., DeSIRE principal investigator, at to learn more about getting involved with this project.