Tubular finishing supervisor
Carolina Cotton Works, Gaffney, S.C.
When did you start in the textile industry?
I started my career in textiles in 2007.
What is your background?
My very first job was actually in textiles with Carolina Cotton Works. I started as a machine doffer in tubular compacting. Textile work soon become my passion.
What types of products does your company specifically produce and what types of end products are they used in?
Performance apparel – Sportswear
Fashion apparel – The American Giant Hoodie was born at Carolina Cotton Works
Automotive interiors – headliners
Medical fabrics – gowns and face mask
What does your job mean to you, your family and your community?
Carolina Cotton Works is not just a workplace, it’s family. It’s rewarding to know my work is helping fight this COVID-19 virus. I’m happy to work for a great company where the owners are hands on helping us be successful.
What is your role in producing PPE products or inputs for these products for your company?
In my position as tubular finishing supervisor, I’m responsible for making sure the appropriate chemicals are used and fabric meets all customer specifications.
How does it feel to have your company step up to address the PPE shortage during the pandemic?
It’s rewarding to me to know I play a major role in keeping others safe and protected during this pandemic.
Why is it important for textiles to be made/cut and sewn and/or finished in America?
Quality – and quality first! We understand that here at Carolina Cotton Works.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread exponentially, Carolina Cotton Works (CCW) knew it must step up to shift its operations into a PPE focus. CCW, a specialty dyeing and finishing operation, has spent much of its time during the pandemic processing fabrics for masks, gowns and scrubs in various constructions, including cotton, blends and 100 percent polyester, and composed of spun and filament yarns. Some are being infused with antimicrobial and DWR (durable water repellent) ingredients.
“We had to pivot and come up with a new set of fabrics,” said Sales Manager Stacey Bridges. “We knew the market needed masks, gowns and scrubs quickly. With all of these being new fabrics, we did not know what to expect. Our chemical vendors were instrumental in taking a large greige bank of apparel fabrics and turning them into PPE fabrics with DWR and antimicrobial treatments. We could not have done it without our current brands and chemical suppliers.”