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BJ Con-Sew participates in panel at NC A & T

Posted on 08/09/17
BJ Con-Sew participates in panel at NC A & T
The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) held the 2017 Manufacturing Community Outreach Program at NC A & T State University on Wednesday, Aug. 2. N.C. A & T's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering hosted the event, which featured guest speakers U.S. Rep. Alma Adams and N.C. Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram. There were also two breakout panel sessions, and representatives from BJ Con-Sew spoke at one of them. C.O.O. Todd Trotter and Plant Manager Judy Causey shared with attendees about their collaboration with engineering students from A & T University through the NCMEP university-industry engagement partnership. At BJ Con-Sew, a team of four students from A & T completed their graduation project by leaving the classroom to gain experience in manufacturing first hand. They helped BJ Con-Sew with streamlining and setting rates for a new manufacturing line which began in 2016. BJ Con-Sew cuts and sews ironing board covers for a large U.S. company, explained Judy Causey, "and with help from the students, we were able to have a fresh look at our processes." She also shared the reaction of the employees who personally interacted with the students. "Working with the students was cool," said Delma Hairston, a sewer on that line. The students took time to not only learn how to sew the ironing board covers themselves, but they also came up with different ways to simplify the steps and processes for the sewers, explained Causey. The partnership was a wonderful experience for BJ Con-Sew, and the graduating students, and we hope to continue this collaboration in the future with A & T University and NCMEP.
BJ Con-Sew participates in panel at NC A & T