Homegrown innovation

In its heyday, Robbins, North Carolina, was a thriving manufacturing community known for producing textiles and furniture. But as the manufacturing industry evolved, the town’s infrastructure presented numerous obstacles for companies. One by one, businesses shut down their operations. The town disintegrated into an economically distressed community with high levels of poverty and unemployment.

The economic outlook for Robbins was bleak—until Steven Bean ’85 stepped in.

Read the complete Carolina Story from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School…

This is story number 143 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

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