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Not for publication May 17, 1999 -- No. 336


Local angles: Yadkinville, Thomasville, Winston-Salem

Tar Heel Bus Tour faculty tour textile and furniture manufacturers, explore Old Salem

Thursday, May 20
A tour of Unifi Inc., a textile manufacturer in Yadkinville, will kick off the fourth day of the Tar Heel Bus Tour. Later, participants will tour Thomasville Furniture Industries in Thomasville and Old Salem in Winston-Salem.

Thirty-four new faculty and administrators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are traveling throughout the state as part of the weeklong 1999 Tar Heel Bus Tour. The bus tour’s 15 stops are designed to teach newcomers about North Carolina’s geography, economy, culture, history, education system and health and social issues. The mobile classroom will cover 1,200 miles through 31 counties by Friday (May 21). Carolina is just one of a handful of major public universities that take new faculty and administrators on tours of their states.

Carolina is an internationally renowned research institution that attracts faculty from across the globe. Yet 82 percent of her undergraduate students hail from North Carolina. The privately funded bus tour allows new faculty -- some of whom have never stepped foot outside the Triangle -- to meet the people whose taxes support their paychecks and offers them insight into where their students come from.

Thursday’s schedule:

10:15 a.m. Unifi Inc., Yadkinville

1:30 p.m.        Thomasville Furniture Industries, Thomasville

6:30 p.m.        Dinner at the Old Salem Tavern, Winston-Salem

The textile industry ranks first in North Carolina in manufacturing employment, and it generated $19.3 billion in revenue in 1996. The industry also employs more people than any other textile-producing state in the nation at 981 plants throughout North Carolina. The Unifi stop in Yadkinville focuses on the increasingly high-tech world of textile manufacturing and the importance of the industry to the state’s economy.

Manufacturing plants in North Carolina lead the nation in the production of household furniture and fixtures, and the industry is the second-largest employer in the state’s factory sector. The Thomasville Furniture stop in Thomasville will address the economic impact of the state’s furniture industry and look at how technology has changed the industry.

Media availability: Tour hosts and participants are available for print and broadcast interviews at stops or by cellular phone by calling Karen Stinneford at 919-218-2380, pager 919-216-4653. Reporters, photographers and videographers may ride on legs of the tour by advance arrangement with News Services.

Photos on the World Wide Web: To download photos posted daily from the tour, visit

For more information: For additional information about the university, the Tar Heel Bus Tour, tour participants, directions or site visits, call News Services at 919-962-2091. Or visit the Web site at

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