The Art of Company Team Bonding with Sunbrella/Glen Raven

Nothing says company team bonding like a family business. Sunbrella/Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC started out as a family-run cotton mill in the 1880s. Dying, spinning, weaving, and designing–they did it all.

Fun fact: This North Carolina-based company is also an innovator. Circa 1950, the company president’s wife had a clever idea that eventually morphed into what we now call “pantyhose.”

More than a century later Sunbrella/Glen Raven is an international enterprise. They operate plants in Italy, France, Sweden, China, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Columbia. Sunbrella/Glen Raven fabricates products for convertible automobile tops and boat covers. They also make indoor and outdoor furniture, flags, fabrics for the media, and military, structural, filtration, automotive, and industrial use.

A wagon hitched to family tradition

Despite Sunbrella/Glen Raven Custom Fabrics’ international footprint, they’re still family. Suffice it to say very little ice-breaking was needed. What they really needed was help with improving their company team bonding. Magnovo obliged by conducting our nationally renowned Wagon Builders Charitable Teambuilding Workshop.

This workshop is popular because coworkers learn how to communicate and collaborate while assembling gifts for needy kids.  We met 100 members of the Sunbrella/Glen Raven team at their plant in Burlington North Carolina.

And in true ride-or-die family fashion, they pitched in to help us out of a bind. We had a shipping snafu that threatened the whole event. But they worked as hard as our facilitators to get everything back on track.

We worked at a furious pace, but everyone enjoyed assembling and decorating the wagons. And because this was a family affair some staff brought their children. These kids were delighted to cram the wagons full of toys for needy kids in their own community. It was a lively multi-generational event!

The recipient of the wagons was Crossroads, a local charity. Crossroads takes a solution-oriented approach to support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Sadly, their services are sorely needed.

Every 98 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted. Every day at least 3 women die at the hands of a former or current domestic partner. Crossroads fights to reduce these statistics in the Burlington region. They operate a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline and advocacy and community education programs. They also provide individual counseling and support groups.

The Crossroads representatives were thrilled with the blinged-out wagons and all the toys inside each! And the Sunbrella/Glen Raven team ended the day stronger than ever.

Company team bonding and charitable giving–our workshops always make everyone winners.