Beamers, Benz and Bentleys—the team at Covercraft does their best every day to bring top quality seat and car protectors to vendors all over the world, and Thursday they held a manufacturing day where residents had the opportunity to tour the facility and see just how much work goes into making these products.
Assistant Plant Manager Justina Gedtke has been with Covercraft for a little more a year now and said because of the high set of skills needed for positions at the plant, it affects the number of potential employees that come through the doors.
“Since the needle trade industry has died out in the United States, there’s not a lot of skills left here, so it’s very hard, but we do our best to train our people here by training curve where we bring them up to speed and show them how to use the sewing machines,” Gedtke said. “I went on a tour today and just from what I witnessed while I was there, it definitely takes a special set of skills to hem, sew, even screen print for some of the largest auto names in the world. For example, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda. We do all kinds of different brands.”
Covercraft makes seat covers, car covers, even covers for pets when they ride along. Gedtke said not a lot of people know about the plant and said by holding this event this, she said she hopes more people come out and apply.
“We all work very good together, we are a really great team here,” Gedtke said. “We know each other, a lot of people are related here so it’s a very nice family environment.”
And Gedtke said she hopes they are able to find more folks with the skills, so they can add to the Covercraft family.
If you would like to apply at Covercraft, Gedtke said all you have to do is go up to their facility during business hours and ask for an application and they will get you started.
Covercraft has been in Wichita Falls since 2000 when they opened their new plant in the old Levi Strauss factory off 287 East.
They are said to be the world’s largest manufacturer of custom covers.