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College Names 2017 Business Partner of the Year

Celebrating Fairystone Fabrics, Inc. as 2017 Business Partner of the Year were (from left): Chris Rojas, Plant Manager; Jim Bryan, President and Owner; ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood; and Paul Mauney, ACC Foundation President.

Celebrating Fairystone Fabrics, Inc. as 2017 Business Partner of the Year were (from left): Chris Rojas, Plant Manager; Jim Bryan, President and Owner; ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood; and Paul Mauney, ACC Foundation President.

Fairystone Fabrics, Inc. of Glen Raven, NC was named Alamance Community College’s 2017 Business Partner of the Year for its outstanding support to students and graduates. The announcement was made during the annual Public Officials’ Breakfast at the College on Dec. 6.

In its 49th year of business, Fairystone Fabrics, Inc. has grown stronger in a textile industry that has undergone tremendous loss, stress and competition. As an award-winning fabric manufacturer, Fairystone supplies the automobile industry and military as well as specialty apparel, industrial filtrations, home furnishings, gaming tables, embellishment apparel, banners and flags for hotels and tradeshows.

To qualify for this award, a business partner must support the College in the following: Number and quality of volunteers provided to ACC; opportunities provided by the business for current ACC students such as co-ops and clinical sites; number of ACC graduates hired annually by the business annually; and level of philanthropic support of the ACC Foundation and ACC.

Fairystone Fabrics, Inc. has fulfilled the criteria of the award with the following:

  • Fairystone Fabrics President/Owner, Jim Bryan, was a founding member and leader in the Career Accelerator Program (CAP), participating in the planning, implementation and financial support of the effort. Two ACC students are currently participating in the premier CAP apprenticeship program at Fairystone.

 

  • The recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) Manufacturing Leadership Award for Advanced Talent Development, Fairystone Fabrics offers employees numerous opportunities to advance their careers through education and training. Employees participate in ACC classes such as Lean Six Sigma, Lead Leadership and Electrical/Mechanical classes.

 

  • Fairystone Fabrics is a valuable part of the “pipeline” of secondary school students into STEM or manufacturing curriculum and careers, providing regular tours for students and recruiting for the Career Accelerator Program and other ACC programs.

 

  • Although a relatively small company (138 employees), Fairystone Fabrics has donated $37,200 to the ACC Foundation since 1990.

The final selection for this award was determined by a committee comprised of two members of the ACC Board of Trustees and two members of the ACC Foundation Board of Directors.

Prior winners of the Business Partner of the Year Award:

LabCorp and ARMC (tie), 2006

Duke Energy, 2007

Kernodle Clinic, 2008

Chandler Concrete Company, Inc., 2009

Honda Power Equipment, 2010

Twin Lakes Retirement Community, 2011

Glen Raven Inc., 2012

County of Alamance, 2013

Pro Feet Inc., 2014

Color Landscapes, GKN Driveline, & Sandvik Machining Solutions, 2015

Carolina Biological Supply, 2016