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Nester Hosiery recognized by North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership for Manufacturing Excellence

May 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

Mt. Airy, NC, (May 3, 2022) – Nester Hosiery, a leading U.S. manufacturer of performance merino wool socks and parent company of the Farm to Feet sock brand, was recently recognized by North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) with a 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award for Sustainable Manufacturing.

The NCMEP award program recognizes manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of manufacturing excellence, sustainable manufacturing, innovation, workforce development and economic development/developing markets.

“Sustainability is one of Nester Hosiery’s core tenants and we continually strive to improve our processes and systems to be the best global citizen we can be,” said Anna Draughn, Director of Merchandising at Nester Hosiery.

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Chris Bevin, Nester Hosiery SVP Brands + Licenses, accepts 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award from John Loyack from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

In 2020, Nester Hosiery used 393,229 less kWh than it did in 2019 thanks to a number of energy reduction programs including an air leak detection program which they partnered with their local community college on. By identifying and repairing air leaks throughout their production processes, it is estimated that Nester could save 16,000 kWh.

Along with reducing their plastic and cardboard usage Nester has a strong internal recycling program. Additionally, they encourage employees to bring recyclable materials from home if they do not have access to curbside recycling. In 2020 Nester Hosiery diverted 212.22 tons of recyclable materials from the landfill.

Nester Hosiery was presented the 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award at an awards ceremony on May 19, at MFGCON in Durham, NC. MFGCON is North Carolina’s premier manufacturing conference that features the most up-to-date and relevant topics from North Carolina’s most influential manufacturing thought leaders.

To learn more about the NCMEP and all the 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award winners visit

The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is the official representative of the MEP National Network™ and NIST MEP in North Carolina. The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

About Nester Hosiery
Nester Hosiery designs and manufactures the most innovative socks in the world. The company is based in Mount Airy, North Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where it is an important employer and economic driver for the area. Nester Hosiery is a key manufacturer in the outdoor industry, operating state-of-the-art knitting, finishing, and packaging equipment to make premium outdoor performance socks for leading outdoor brands and retailers as well as under its own Farm to Feet brand. Customers value the company’s superior manufacturing capabilities as well as its commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Learn more at and

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