PROTECTING TEXTILES AND HOSIERY

Paul Fogleman,

Sam Buff, director of the Textile Technology Center and Dan St. Louis, manager of the Manufacturing Solutions Center, are taking the challenge of future employment in manufacturing companies seriously. Both are meeting on a regular basis to develop a strategic plan for a Hosiery and Textiles Jobs Training Academy. The concept is to create a single academy to prepare jobs seekers for employment in mills of the future. The academy would work under the North Carolina Community Colleges and serve industries statewide.

The academy is seen as ambitious, but doable. Involved will be a coalition of manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and supply chain companies. Automation, robotics, internet technology all are sweeping into manufacturing complexes. Survival depends on training and attitudes and a willingness to invest.

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