Charleston Post Courier:

Bates Kennedy once went door to door from Virginia to Alabama to sell spare parts to textile mills.

But when many of the looms quit spinning out yarn and the industry moved overseas around the turn of the century, the Greenville-based father of then-newborn twins decided it was time to look elsewhere for a stable job.

“When your top two or three customers go bankrupt, it’s time to find something else,” Kennedy said.

In North Charleston, Anthony Brown wanted a job he could rely on as well.

He worked at armored vehicle-maker Force Protection in Ladson as an equipment trainer but witnessed a cycle of layoffs during his five-year tenure. Read on…