A Mill Village Story

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NewSouth Books, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
A Mill Village Story is the record of one man's upbringing in a place and time that is quickly vanishing. A quintessentially American small town, West Point, Georgia is a place defined by its local industry--a world-class textile mill run by the West Point Pepperell corporation--and adherence to traditional Southern values of congeniality, manners, and friendliness. Everyone author Gerald Andrews knew or even just rubbed shoulders with worked at the mill, and it was Andrews's experiences there that would take him from relative poverty to the corporate boardroom. A Mill Village Story is an account of Andrews's early years, his rapid rise to leadership in various textile firms, and the special character of the village that shaped him. How does a young man go from night watchman to corporate sales in a matter of years? A Mill Village Story offers some explanation. Creativity and kindness set him on the right path, those characteristics nurtured in him by family members and the mill community. Gerald Andrews also quickly gained a reputation as a problem-solver--even at the lowest position at the mill--and for recognizing the importance of every employee, no matter their rank. This compassion for his employees contributed to his success. In A Mill Village Story, a lifetime of wisdom comes to file, with Andrews peppering his tale with the homegrown philosophies he developed from the unique social relationships he enjoyed growing up. Add to the mix personal encounters with Southern characters like country psychic Mayhayley Lancaster and A Mill Village Story becomes a memorable time capsule that serves as a portrait of a uniquely American place.

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About the author (2019)

GERALD BRUCE ANDREWS was a hardscrabble kid who grew up in a small Southern mill village, attended Auburn University and Harvard Business School, and would eventually receive over eighty-five awards for excellence in leadership and creativity over his nearly fifty-year career. Andrews served in over thirty leadership positions over thirty-nine years at West Point Stevens Inc.; was president and CEO of Johnston Industries; was CEO and chairman of Accelegrow Technologies; and was the executive-in-residence at Auburn University from 1997-1998. After residing in twenty-five distinct places over the course of his life, Andrews has finally settled in West Point, Georgia, with Claire Smith-his wife of sixty-two years-their three children, and his seven grandchildren. A Mill Village Story is his first book.