October Industry News

Paul Fogleman,

Carolina Textile District
A Best-Kept Secret?

Manufacturing Solutions Center

Some 85 small companies are pursuing business opportunities in the Carolina Textile District, a program initiated by the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover.

MSC Director Dan St. Louis says the network includes companies headed by entrepreneurs looking for supply chain vendors and sales opportunities. The Carolina Textile District was formed to create a structure for outreach to the participants from all parts of the United States, although most are in the Southeast.

Tonya Wade has been employed by the MSC to serve as administrator, St. Louis announced.

To participate, a company must complete a “client application” with information about the product manufactured and distributed, the target market, and sales objectives. Applicants also report production capabilities, available capital, and business experience of the owner.

Of particular importance is the type of support needed by the company: consulting, business development, design, testing, packaging, sales samples, marketing and brand support.

The company pays a fee to cover the cost of the MSC staff review of the business plan and application. This identifies the entrepreneurs who are serious about the future of their operations.

The Carolina Textile District exemplifies the mission of the Manufacturing Solutions Center to create jobs through emerging companies, a key strategy of the Kauffman Foundation which has chosen Catawba Valley Community College to coordinate outreach in the region.

Decker To Tour Textile Center

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker is scheduled to tour the Textiles Technology Center in Belmont October 11. The visit is a highlight of the Entrepreneur Summit which will be held in the Kimbrell Building on the East Campus of Gaston College under the sponsorship of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce.

Secretary Decker is former president of Doncaster Apparel in Forest City and also was an executive for Duke Energy in Charlotte. She was tapped to head the Commerce Department by Gov. Pat McCrory.

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