By Nicholas Ledoux on 5/3/2022
Culp, Inc. recently received a visit from the U.S. Embassy at its Culp Upholstery Fabrics facility located in the CODEVI industrial park in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. The CODEVI park sits on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As part of their tour of the western Dominican Republic, the U.S. Embassy team chose to visit CODEVI along with other sites important to commerce. The CODEVI industrial park is home to many internationally well-known textile/apparel companies, and CULP had the honor of being one of two facilities selected by CODEVI leadership for the embassy tour.
Leading the tour was General Manager of CULP’s Haiti facilities, Edgar Alfaro, along with members of the leadership team for Culp Upholstery Fabrics Haiti – Monica Sanchez, Silvia Garcia, and Massiel Marcelino. Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Robert Thomas, and his team walked the floors of the recently completed building, speaking to CULP employees and learning about the cut and sew process. The impressive facility is open, airy, bright, and organized using principles of lean manufacturing.
In addition to the tour, CULP management gave a presentation to the embassy visitors highlighting the many initiatives that make CULP a preferred employer in the CODEVI park. Employees participate in monthly round tables where they can share concerns or needs, and propose improvements for any areas. Leadership training and classes are held on-site regularly, with promotions and graduations celebrated. “In all of our CULP facilities, we strive to cultivate a company culture that feels like family – a culture of acceptance, inclusivity and opportunity,” states Teresa Huffman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Culp, Inc.
Commenting about the CULP tour on the official Dominican Republic U.S. Embassy twitter page, Thomas stated, “While there, I had productive discussions with executives, management staff and workers… The United States wholeheartedly believes that we are most prosperous when we work together to advance our shared economic interests, to create an environment in which both peoples can prosper.”
About Culp, Inc.
Culp, Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and upholstery fabrics for residential and commercial furniture. The company markets a variety of fabrics to its global customer base of leading bedding and furniture companies, including fabrics produced at Culp’s manufacturing facilities and fabrics sourced through other suppliers. Culp has manufacturing and sourcing operations located in the United States, Canada, China, Vietnam, Turkey and Haiti.
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By Nicholas Ledoux on 5/3/2022