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Creator
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. R3 Center
Size
2.14 megabytes (7 files, 2.14 megabytes)
Call number
MC 00131

The R3 Center Records consist of reports, presentations, a newspaper article, a brochure, and a poem documenting Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's (RCCC) efforts to retrain and re-employ workers displaced by the 2003 closing of the Pillowtex textile manufacturing plant in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Known as the Pillowtex Project, this initiative was intended to provide the displaced workers with the training and education necessary to obtain new jobs. The success of this project led to the September 2006 development and implementation of the R3 Center, a partnership between RCCC and the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), which prepares workers for new biotechnology jobs at the NCRC. Most of the materials document the outcomes of the Pillowtex Project, rather than the planning or process. The materials range in date from 2004 to 2006, although the date of individual items is sometimes unclear.

Kannapolis, North Carolina, was once home to Cannon Mills, at one time the largest manufacturer of sheets and towels in the world. James William Cannon founded Cannon mills in 1906. After several ownership changes throughout the 1980s, the Pillowtex Corporation acquired the mills in 1997. In 2003, Pillowtex Corporation closed its doors, laying off 4,340 people living in Kannapolis or the counties surrounding the city. In December 2004, David Murdock purchased the former Cannon Mills Plant One at auction and in 2005, in partnership with the University of North Carolina system, announced plans for the North Carolina Research Campus, a 1.5 billion dollar scientific and economic revitalization project. As part of this effort, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College developed and implemented the R3 (Refocus, Retrain, Reemploy) Center at the NCRC, designed to train a local workforce for opportunities at the NCRC.

Biographical/historical note

Kannapolis, North Carolina, was once home to Cannon Mills, at one time the largest manufacturer of sheets and towels in the world. James William Cannon founded Cannon mills in 1906. After several ownership changes throughout the 1980s, the Pillowtex Corporation acquired the mills in 1997. In 2003, Pillowtex Corporation closed its doors, laying off 4,340 people living in Kannapolis or the counties surrounding the city. In December 2004, David Murdock purchased the former Cannon Mills Plant One at auction and in 2005, in partnership with the University of North Carolina system, announced plans for the North Carolina Research Campus, a 1.5 billion dollar scientific and economic revitalization project. As part of this effort, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College developed and implemented the R3 (Refocus, Retrain, Reemploy) Center at the NCRC, designed to train a local workforce for opportunities at the NCRC.

Scope/content

The R3 Center Records consist of reports, presentations, a newspaper article, a brochure, and a poem documenting Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's (RCCC) efforts to retrain and re-employ workers displaced by the 2003 closing of the Pillowtex textile manufacturing plant in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Known as the Pillowtex Project, this initiative was intended to provide the displaced workers with the training and education necessary to obtain new jobs. The success of this project led to the September 2006 development and implementation of the R3 Center, a partnership between RCCC and the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), which prepares workers for new biotechnology jobs at the NCRC. Most of the materials document the outcomes of the Pillowtex Project, rather than the planning or process. The materials range in date from 2004 to 2006, although the date of individual items is sometimes unclear.

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Source of acquisition

Gift of R3 Center, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 2009 (Accession 2009.0051)

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Processed by Jonathan Holloway; machine readable finding aid created by Jonathan Holloway, 2011 May

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"Far From Threadbare" poem undated

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League of Innovation Submission 2004
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"Moving from Textiles to Biotech" presentation undated
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Pillowtex Project Summary of Outcomes undated
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Pillowtex Project Evolution undated
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Pillowtex Timeline 2008 July 26
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Employment and Training Administration Recognition of Excellence brochure 2005
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[Identification of item], R3 Center Records, MC 00131, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.