Generation to generation

Five days a week, over 300 people walk through the doors of STI in Kings Mountain, North Carolina to start their day of work. As it is with life, every one of those 300 people has a different story and a different start to their career in textiles. Some of us have grown up in North Carolina and have families who have worked in textile and furniture factories since the early 1900's; others have found themselves in the industry after a career change or graduating from a higher education program.

As STI continues to grow, there are many fresh faces around our office and mill, but there are many faces that have been at the company for over 25 years. There is also a fair amount of employees whose very first job was at STI. Out of our 300+ mill and office employees, approximately 150 are under the age of 40 years old - almost an equal split! 

The balance of ages at STI creates a culture of mentorship, learning and a lot of laughs... and maybe just a little confusion when it comes to the latest iPhone app or hit song :)

Below are a few of the "Under 40" faces at STI that we hope will be with us "After 40"!

 Above (left to right):  Jessica Dalton , Planning Logistics Manager;  Sonya Aguilar,  Purchasing Coordinator;  Colleen McGovern , Production Planner ;  Abigail Hall , Accounts Payable Specialist;

Above (left to right): Jessica Dalton, Planning Logistics Manager; Sonya Aguilar, Purchasing Coordinator; Colleen McGovern, Production Planner ; Abigail Hall, Accounts Payable Specialist;

 Above (left to right):  Anderson Gibbons , VP of Marketing and E-Commerce;  Jill Harrill , Social Media & Marketing Strategist

Above (left to right): Anderson Gibbons, VP of Marketing and E-Commerce; Jill Harrill, Social Media & Marketing Strategist

 Above (left to right):  Heather Plummel , IT Data Entry Clerk;  Bobbie Daggerhart , IT;  Richard Gursslin , IT

Above (left to right): Heather Plummel, IT Data Entry Clerk; Bobbie Daggerhart, IT; Richard Gursslin, IT

 Above:  Matt Maples , Process Technician

Above: Matt Maples, Process Technician

 Above:  Jacob Englert , Operations

Above: Jacob Englert, Operations

 Above (left to right): Brentwood Textiles employees:  Sabrina White , Customer Service;  Emily Bump , Customer Service;  Taylor Dobbins , Sampling;  Amanda Boone , Sampling

Above (left to right): Brentwood Textiles employees: Sabrina White, Customer Service; Emily Bump, Customer Service; Taylor Dobbins, Sampling; Amanda Boone, Sampling

 Above:  Katherine Shoaf , Director of Design & Merchandising

Above: Katherine Shoaf, Director of Design & Merchandising

*Not pictured: Chris Dodds, Operations & Production Engineer; Josh Roemmich, International Sales for Source Asia.