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It’s really nice that some people are coming up with interesting, innovative products and all, but the brute numbers say those are niches. The success stories build to an upbeat conclusion, but employment levels in the sector are still like one fifth what they were before. Local innovation is good, certainly better than nothing, But it is not a substitute for an industrial policy, which today in most wealthy countries has been dropped in favor of letting production go to the lowest wages.
FAQ “copied from Threads site) “Most of our workers are currently Mayan immigrants that now call Morganton home. The Maya of Morganton have a long and vibrant history in our community. Many came during or after civil war wreaked havoc on their native communities in Guatemala. You can read more about this incredible community in the book The Maya of Morganton, by Opportunity Threads friend and supporter Leon Fink.”
What a thoughtful, well-written piece that helps dispel the myth that textiles are dead in the American South. I am proud to be a citizen of this community where innovation and reinvention is taking place. Instead of wringing our hands in despair, weeping for the “old jobs” to return, we got busy putting a new twist on traditional industries. We are going places, and institutions like Catawba Valley Community College with its Manufacturing Solutions Center, are taking us there!
Since I sew and enjoy all the new fabrics especially all the various colors out there, this is such a great opportunity for people to start learning a new trade.
Thanks for reporting this. The general populace needs to know that textile manufacturing is not dead in North Carolina or the nation and, in fact, is thriving again.