Clocking In Podcast
Voices of NC Manufacturing, your host Phil Mintz, Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). We will be interviewing some of the manufacturers who have made North Carolina manufacturing the powerhouse it is today.
Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Phil Mintz
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Rich Sigfrit
Graphic Designer: Casey Hembrick
Threading the Needle of Quality
Burlington, North Carolina-based fabrics manufacturer, Fairystone Fabrics, has earned its reputation for technical expertise.
North Carolina has long been known for its textile production. From the early days of cotton production through the Civil War era, North Carolina was a major producer of textiles. Today, North Carolina produces over half of the nation’s cotton and more than 40 percent of the nation’s woolen fabric. The state also produces more than 50 percent of the nation‘s rayon fabric and 25 percent of the nation‟s linen fabric. Fairystone Fabrics has been a part of contributing to North Carolina’s booming fabric industry for 50 years.
Based in Burlington, North Carolina, Fairystone Fabrics specializes in tricot warping, knitting and sueding. The company’s machinery operates 24/7 or 24/6, working around the clock to create quality textiles. 0% of Fairystone Fabrics waste ends up in landfills; all of the waste products are reused, recycled or used as fuel for power plants.
In this episode of Clocking In, Phil Mintz talks with Chris Rojas, the vice president of Fairystone Fabrics. Chris has been at Fairystone for over five years. He started as the plant manager and was later promoted to vice president. Chris is a part of the Wolfpack family and graduated from NC State with a Bachelor’s in textile management.
Mintz and Rojas discuss Chris Rojas’ background, the products Fairystone fabrics provide, how they’re comparing supply chain issues and more.
Phil Mintz is the executive director of NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). At NCMEP, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. He also leads the broader IES Extension Operations outreach unit of regional managers, technical specialists and business development leaders providing business engagement, assessment and improvement tools. This includes statewide peer networks, ISO 9000 quality management systems, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, environmental services, and health and safety solutions.
Chris Rojas is the vice president of Fairystone Fabrics. Chris has been at Fairystone for over five years. He started as the plant manager and was later promoted to vice president. Chris is a part of the Wolfpack family and graduated from NC State with a Bachelor’s in textile management.