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Surry Community College Training Saves Renfro $1.2 Million

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Seven Renfro Corporation executives completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course through Surry Community College’s Customized Industry Training program, resulting in a total projected annual savings of $1.2 million for the company.

Renfro Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing, merchandising and selling of legwear products in North America and selected international markets.

“We are fortunate to have a partner like Surry Community College to guide us through the Six Sigma process. The identified savings are substantial, and the learnings that were garnered through the training will continue to provide value to Renfro. We look forward to continuing to work with the SCC team,” commented Stan Jewell, Renfro Corporation CEO and President.

Dr. Ronald Fite, Continuous Improvement Industry Trainer for the North Carolina Community College System, taught the class at Renfro Corporation’s location in Mount Airy. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lean Master. The course was attended by Renfro Corporation employees: Aaron Alldaffer, Supply Chain Analyst; Tom McCluskey, Industrial Engineer; Chris Sparks, R&D Project Manager; Jonah Buelin, Vice President of Distribution; Taylor Shaw, Compliance and Logistics Analyst; Phil Thacker, Director of Engineering; and Kundan Karna, Director of International Accounting.

The eight-week training included a full-day of classes each week plus project assignments. At the course ending, students took an exam and then presented to upper level management cost reduction practices implemented from the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training. The students received Lean Six Sigma Green Belt graduation certificates on Sept. 26.

Surry Community College is annually rated in the top five community colleges in North Carolina for the number of training projects that assist new and existing industries.

“We are proud to say for the last two years, Surry Community College has been ranked No. 1 in the number of customized industry training projects, competing against metropolitan community colleges in Raleigh and Charlotte,” said Dr. David Shockley, SCC President. “That speaks volumes about how hard working our staff is in reaching out to business and industry in Surry and Yadkin counties and providing training solutions and assistance in our rural service area.”

Sam Brim is the Director of Business and Industry Services for Surry Community College and the contact point for these training resources.

“Through our Workforce Technologies and Community Education Division, Surry Community College offers programs and training services to assist new and existing businesses and industries to remain productive, profitable, and within the local communities. Surry Community College can bring employee training directly to you at your facilities, designed to accommodate your specific business needs.”

Training topics cover regulatory methods, continuous improvement practices, leadership skills, technical preparation, pre-employment requirements, and international import/export procedures.

“Surry Community College’s Customized Training Services continues to be a great resource that helps our local companies grow and become more sustainable from a business perspective,” said Todd Tucker, President of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. “This service is also a great marketing tool that we use when talking to other companies interested in Surry County. I recommend all companies reach out to Surry Community College to discuss their training needs.”

To learn more contact about Customized Industry Training through Surry Community College, contact Sam Brim at (336) 386-3684 or brims@surry.edu.

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