By: Deanna Jones
Headquartered in Sanford, NC, Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc. was founded in 1996 by a group of managing partners with a desire to build a high quality yarn manufacturing company. Today, Frontier consists of two plants in Sanford, NC, two plants in Mayodan, NC, and one plant in Alabama. While Frontier is a relatively young company in terms of textile firms, the management team of Frontier Spinning has many years of experience in the yarn manufacturing field and has grown into one of the largest producers of 100% cotton and cotton-blend yarns in the world.
Frontier employs over 1100 people and believes the most important aspect of a successful business is its people. North Carolina’s textile industry has been hit hard by layoffs in recent years due to offshoring of jobs to less expensive operations, but Frontier has remained committed to their Made in the USA product and improving our local workforce. This year, Frontier has continued to train and employ good people by partnering with the Triangle South Workforce Development Board team, including my agency, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Frontier’s HR staff are always welcome to new ideas and provide much needed insight to workforce professionals to help us prepare workers for employment in the Textile industry.
Frontier Spinning has shown a continued commitment to the Workforce Development System in a variety of ways:
- The Director of Human Resources, Robert Kain, voluntarily serves on the Triangle South Workforce Development Board, and has proven the company’s dedicated commitment by providing guidance and insight on topics that affect our local workforce. Mr. Kain regularly donates his time to attend bi-monthly meetings, and through his service on the TSWDB Program and Planning Committee.
- In addition to Mr. Kain, Frontier has an exemplary Human Resources team. Although this employer is one of the largest in our Local Area, the HR team has a very “small business” feel, which makes applicants and new hires feel welcomed.
Frontier is well known in the Sanford Community for paying an above average wage for manufacturing jobs. They also have a reputation of a “family like” atmosphere at work, and pride themselves on “promoting from within”. Many employees have been with the Frontier family for over 15 years.
Frontier Spinning has demonstrated a desire to reach targeted groups of individuals by partnering with programs like Vocational Rehabilitation to provide On the Job Training opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The Human Resources team has been extremely open minded to considering opportunities and accommodations for all applicants who desire to work for Frontier, including exploring the possibility of employing a deaf applicant.
As a whole, Frontier Spinning has been instrumental in developing opportunities for members of the TSWDB community to apply, train, and grow into skilled employees. Oftentimes, Frontier can be found at networking events, community meetings, Career Fairs, and Workforce Development events at the local community college. Frontier’s Human Resources team is recognized among workforce professionals as an approachable employer, one that is willing to spend the time needed to educate workforce professionals on their specific needs so that the workforce development community can better serve local job seekers.