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From the monthly archives: September 2016

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AT GLENOIT FABRICS CORP, BIG LEAGUE PLANS TAKE SHAPE

By Lawrence Bivins   When temperatures drop at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, many of the 75,000+ Carolina Panther fans there proudly wrap themselves in branded all-weather blankets. The 50” x 60” throws are double-layered and water resistant. They come with the menacing image of “Sir Furr” that Panther fans love. They sell for $130.    And they are made in Tarboro, North Carolina.   “We currently make officially-licensed stadium blankets for NFL teams all over the country exclusively for The Northwest Company based in Roslyn, New York,” says Brent Birkhoff, chief operating officer at Glenoit Fabrics. The company, a division of Monterey Mills, serves teams and fans from its 285,000-sq.-ft. plant on Main Street.   Glenoit was founded more than half a century ago. It became part of Monterey Mills through an acquisition in 2013. Known for its flexibility and quick turnaround times, the company is a major global supplier of comfor ...

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At Keihin Carolina, Assembling Auto Components Starts with a Talent Pipeline

  By Lawrence Bivins   Patrick Stallings likes setting goals.   At 18, the recent graduate of Southwest Edgecombe High School plans to pursue computer-engineering degrees at Edgecombe Community College and East Carolina University. He envisions a life and career in his native Edgecombe County. “It’s where I grew up and where I want to be,” says Stallings.     Thanks to Keihin Carolina Systems Technology, LLC (KCST), Stallings and other local grads are on clear paths toward promising careers. As an apprentice at Keihin, Stallings works at the company’s 147,000-sq.-ft. production site in Tarboro, working part-time as he pursues a Journeyman certificate. “My long-term goal is to stay here at Keihin and in Edgecombe County,” Stallings says.   KCST launched its apprenticeship program six years ago and has relied on close, mutually beneficial relationships with educational institutions since opening its state-of-the-art facility in Tarboro ...

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Kanban’s Rise as a Logistics Powerhouse Showcases Twin Counties’ Global Connections

   By Lawrence Bivins  One consequence of globalization is that today’s companies must keep focused on core aspects of their business in order stay competitive. Succeed-minded manufacturers, for example, concentrate on production while partnering with third-party logistics providers (3PL) in creating and maintaining smooth supply networks and distribution channels.   Companies in the Mid-Atlantic have the advantage of working with Kanban Logistics to build reliable and affordable connections to buyers and suppliers worldwide. “Our business model is all about economies-of-scale,” explains Billy Wooten, chief executive officer of the Tarboro-based company. The firm’s customers can tap a complete menu of warehouse, handling, packaging, transportation, e-fulfillment and other services. “Companies can share our expertise, equipment and technology instead of having to build their own supply-chains,” he says.   A family-owned company whose nam ...

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