Mary-Kaitlyn Sellers

A Serendipitous First Job in Manufacturing

When Mary-Kaitlyn Sellers started as a sample room assistant at STI, a family-owned textile company founded in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, she was pleasantly surprised by how much she enjoyed the work. “I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I do,” she said. “I love working here.”

Mary-Kaitlyn heard about the position from Sandra Jenkins, who works in HR and recruits for the company. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as far as college,” she said. “So I jumped at the opportunity to start working here.”

She started in a temporary position and quickly transitioned to working full-time in the sample room. STI offers comprehensive on-the-job training for entry-level positions, so the fact that Mary-Kaitlyn had no prior experience in textiles wasn’t an issue—she simply had to be willing to learn. “When they hired me, my supervisor physically showed me how to do each step of the job, which includes cutting the cloth to make color samples, punching holes and getting the product shipped out to the customer,” she said. “There are things I’m still learning, but I’ve really gotten the hang of it.”

Born and raised in Cleveland County, Mary-Kaitlyn enjoys the balance afforded to her by living in Kings Mountain. “It’s small-town comfort with big city amenities,” she said. “The location – in the country, but very close to the city – has always been the biggest benefit for me. The cost of living is also very reasonable.”

On the weekends, Mary-Kaitlyn likes to go hiking with friends at Crowders Mountain and Kings Mountain Gateway Trail or head to Moss Lake Park for fishing and boating.


Fun Facts

  • Mary-Kaitlyn was born and raised in Cleveland County.
  • Mary-Kaitlyn’s position at STI is her first job.
  • STI is a very family-oriented company. In fact, Mary-Kaitlyn’s sister also works there.

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