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.

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Talent/Host: Phil Mintz
Executive Producer: Phil Mintz
Producer: Shelby Kimes
Sound/Audio Engineer and Editor: Rich Sigfrit
Graphic Designer: Rich Sigfrit

When Style and Consciousness Collide

TS Designs: Eric Henry

Burlington, North Carolina sustainable t-shirt manufacturer, TS Designs, works with natural fibers and earth-friendly printing. Always grown and made in the USA.

Have you ever wondered about the story behind the clothes you wear? How are they made and what impact do they have on the environment? TS Designs is a company that aims to revolutionize the textile industry by creating high-quality, sustainable and eco-friendly clothing.

In a world where fast fashion dominates, TS Designs takes a different approach. They believe in creating products that are stylish and comfortable and have a positive impact on the planet. With a focus on transparency and sustainability, TS Designs is changing how we think about clothing.
Based in Burlington, North Carolina, TS Designs is a custom t-shirt manufacturer and printer focused on creating domestic and sustainably made shirts for environmentally and socially conscious businesses and organizations. Founded in 1978, the company has worked with organizations such as Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo and GAP, until NAFTA was passed in 1994 and almost all apparel manufacturers moved overseas.

Today, under the leadership of CEO and President Eric Henry, TS Designs sets the bar for corporate responsibility by cultivating responsible clothing with completely transparent supply chains. Eric Henry is recognized widely for championing sustainability and supporting local farmers and mill workers. Eric says, “We have set out to make the highest quality and most sustainable t-shirts in the marketplace.”

On this episode of Clocking In, Phil and Henry discuss the history of TS Designs, how they’re working with the defense industry, the importance of sustainability in fashion and more.



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Phil Mintz

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.

Eric Henry

Eric Henry is CEO of TS Designs in Burlington, NC which manufactures the highest quality printed apparel in a domestic, transparent, and trackable supply chain. He’s been in business for over 40 years and has seen the apparel industry transition from primarily domestic to today, where over 97% of clothing is produced overseas. Eric Henry is on a mission to radically change the apparel industry for the good of the people and our planet.