Over the past 30 years the U.S textiles and apparel industry has become the leading industry when it comes to hi tech innovations. This industry is a major contributor in the U.S economy. With over $237 billion in capital expenditures, the textile industry has provided stabilized careers for over 500,000 thousand employees in the U.S today.
According to the North Carolina global economy, North Carolina is ranked as the number one state in textiles component manufacturing, but has suffered a 74% decline in employment. With the decline of the industry in the last two decades this has not affected all states such as California, who had emerged as the dominant state of textiles by 38%.
Most companies in North Carolina operate on four sigma which allows an average of 6000 defects per million of operations. NC Commerce has proposed a solution to this problem by providing course extension in the textile education programs. This extension will implement six sigma. Six sigma would virtually be defect free and would allow 3.4 defects per million of operations. In result, the six sigma is predicted to increase the growth of economic development.
“Educating the next generation of professionals will be a start in increasing North Carolina’s economic status,” says North Carolina educator, Janel Lowery.
North Carolina State University has the world’s first non woven institute which is an accredited program for the study of engineered fabrics. The Nonwovens Cooperative Research center provides analytical and product development with industry specific methods. This program is a great example of education extension and increasing North Carolina’s economic development.
If you are interested in expanding your knowledge on the textiles industry browse through NC State University’s textile programs here.