WJBF News Channel 6's Dee Griffin has a look at how a North Augusta company, Carolina Cover Tech, has made a name for itself around the world.
North Augusta, SC -
Since 1858, the company now known as Carolina Cover Tech has sewn its way into businesses around the world through products that cover, protect, contain, and enclose. It's a small company tucked away in a corner of North Augusta, but its workers are doing big things.
Co-owner Rian True explains, “one of the things we share with our employees is that we want to make life better for people and that's one of our goals.”
The company has two owners who started out with a single vision to carry on a family business of making awnings. Now, they have expanded their view into becoming a leader in creating protective gear that help companies better contain their products and stay within government regulations.
“What we make are basically big containments of portable flexible containments that are used to park drilling rigs in, store drums of toxic chemicals, and that sort of thing in,” says True.
You may not know them by name, however, you have more than likely been covered by their products, which have helped them gain notoriety for taking chances and beating the odds.
It's really word of mouth of those crazy guys over in South Carolina will make anything once,” says co-owner Lee Jones.
Using innovative methods of heat sealing, mechanical fastening, seaming, and even die-cutting, their products have helped launch space missions and heal professional athletes. A boot manufactured at Carolina Cover Tech was designed to help amputees, but has reached into the sports world to become a secret weapon in the battle to win championships.
“Athletes started using this after workouts to reduce lactic acid in the muscles and that sort of thing,” says True.
While the small company doing big things was built on hard work, the path to success was paved with a higher power.
“We don't hide our faith, that's the biggest thing. We're also not the guy who just put the fish on the bumper and claim to be Christians. There's accountability that you have to have,” concludes Jones.
The boot produced by Carolina Cover Tech has been worn by athletes like Lebron James and Shaquille O'Neal, and they were also used by 200 Olympic athletes.
The company is preparing for a new expansion that will double its size.