joe faris http://michiganradio.org en Creating a fashion industry out of old auto supplier factories http://michiganradio.org/post/creating-fashion-industry-out-old-auto-supplier-factories <p>With the New Year, Michigan Radio began a new series called, "What's Working." Every week, we'll take a look at an idea that's helping to improve the state's economy and our lives.</p><p>Today, we hear from <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20227112,00.html">Joe Faris</a>, founder of <a href="http://www.motorcitydenimco.com/">Motor City Denim</a>. When the auto industry downsized, auto suppliers were affected. Many of them lost business, got rid of employees, or even went into bankruptcy. What’s left are the suppliers' factories, and a highly-skilled workforce. Faris is working to mold the infrastructure of former, or smaller, auto suppliers into one that can support a fashion industry. Motor City Denim is now a subsidiary of <a href="http://www.tdic.com/">TD Industrial Coverings</a>. TD Industrial Coverings used to <strong>only</strong> manufacture protective coverings for the robots used to assemble cars. Now, TD industrial is getting ready to <strong>also</strong> make jeans.</p><p>You can listen to the interview here:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-947434.mp3 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:06:49 +0000 Zoe Clark & What's Working 976 at http://michiganradio.org Creating a fashion industry out of old auto supplier factories