Minnesotan To Meet: Peng Cha Of HBI Textiles

Minnesotan To Meet: Peng Cha Of HBI Textiles


WE PUT THE CLIP ON OUR WEBSITE, TOO. YOU CAN SHARE THAT WITH YOUR FRIENDS. FOR MANY WEEK’S MINNESOTAN TO MEET WE ARE TAKING YOU TO MAPLEWOOD TO AN OLD DAIRY FARM. THEY ARE NOT MILKING ANY COWS BUT MANUFACTURING THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS. THIS THIS MORNING WE TAKE YOU TO H.B.I. TEXTILES. IT IS WHERE THE COMPANY’S SECOND GENERATION OWNER. HE IS A MINNESOTAN TO MEET. Reporter: STEP INSIDE THIS REPURPOSED BARN AND YOU’LL FIND GENERATIONS OF THE FAMILY WORKING INSIDE. I STARTED OFF STACKING. Reporter: HIS MOTHER COFOUNDED HTEXTILES IN THE 90s. LEE STILL LENDS A HAND. SHE IS RETIRED FROM ST. PAUL SCHOOLS WHERE SHE WORKED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. CHONG REPORTS THE SACRIFICES HIS MOTHER MADE. I KNOW MY MOM SUFFERED. THERE IS A LOTS OF THINGS THAT I KNOW I HAVE HAD ACCESS TO IN TERMS OF EDUCATION OR OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAVE REALLY TRIED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. TO BE ABLE TO BUILD THE BUSINESS AND BE PART OF IT IS SOMETHING THAT I ARE TAKEN TO HEART TO TRY TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND AND CONTINUE ON. Reporter: HIS MOTHER IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA AS PART OF THE FIRST WAVE OF REFUGEES IN 1976. FIRST THROUGH HAWAII THEN FINALLY SETTLING IN MINNESOTA. TWO DECADES LATER SHE STARTED HER OWN COMPANY SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS LIKE HER. YOU CATER TO THE NEEDS OF THE ASIAN POPULATION. Reporter: THEY MANUFACTURER IN ALL THE AREAS OF TEXTILES. IT IS THEIR THEM SUING PROGRAM THAT WAS SEEN AS INNOVATIVE IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE COMPANY. CHILD CARE A LOT OF CHILDREN AT HOME THAT WAS HARD FOR THEM TO LEAVE HOME. TRANSPORTATION, ALSO. WITH THOSE THREE THINGS BEING ABLE TO GO INTO A WORK ENVIRONMENT WAS A CHALLENGE. WE CREATED THE SATELLITE SYSTEM. Reporter: MANUFACTURING NUMBERS FOR 2016 WERE IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FOR BIG NAME BRANDS AS WELL AS A MERGING LOCAL MINNESOTA BRAND. WE USUALLY DO IN-HOUSE A LOT OF LEATHER WORK OR PREPARATION FOR THE STUFF THAT GOES OUT TO THE SEWERS. Reporter: LEATHER IS HIS FAVORITE TEXTILE. IT IS ONLY FITTING HE USES IT FOR HIS FIRST PERSONAL PRODUCT LAUNCH. WE WANTED TO FOCUS ON CREATING SOMETHING OF OUR OWN. TO HAVE SOMETHING WITH OUR NAME ON IT. AND HAVE THE PRIDE TO BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT’S SOMETHING WE MADE AND THAT CARRIES OUR NAME. Reporter: HIS NAME IS FRONT AND CENTER. LITERALLY. IN MONG IT MEANS A STRONG FOUNDATION. Reporter: HE IS LAUNCHING PANG LEATHER THIS YEAR. IT IS ATHERINE DESIGNED FOR THE TRAVELING EXECUTIVE. THIS IS MEANT TO BE ATTACHED TO A TOWEL RACK SO YOU CAN USE IT TO GET RID OF THE BUMPS. JUST TO CLEAN YOUR RAZOR AND KEEP IT SHARP. Reporter: THE LEATHER IS SOURCED FROM REDWING. IT IS SOMETHING HE HAS DREAMED OF DOING. ONLY NOW HE FINALLY FEELS THE TIME IS RIGHT. HE KNOWS ONCE THE PRODUCT ROLLS OUT, THE WORKLOAD WILL ONLY WRAP UP. LUCKILY HE LEARNED FROM THE BEST. YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD. I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I HAVE ALWAYS SEEN IN MY MOM. SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE EVERYTHING, THE DAY-TO- DAY OF EVERYTHING. I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO THIS. THAT IS A MODEL FOR MYSELF TO JUST PUT TIME IN AND WORK HARD. AND JUST DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. Reporter: AT ANY GIVEN TIME HE SAYS 10 TO 20 FAMILY MEMBERS ARE WORKING DURING THE BUSY MONTH. HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. HE SAID THIS WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN TO TAKE OVER. THEN START HIS OWN PRODUCT. ANY OTHER PRODUCTS THEY ARE WORKING ON? THEY ARE DESIGNING THE GUNS AND ROSES LIFETIME STORY YEAH KEY PASSES FOR THE BAND’S CONCERT. THE FINAL PRODUCT HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. THESE ARE PRODUCTS FROM A DESIGN THEY DESIGNED A FEW YEARS BACK. THE BROWN ONE IS FROM THE GROUP’S LAST TOUR. THE BLACK ONE IS SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE ON THE UPCOMING TOUR. GUNS AND ROSES WILL BE AT U.S. BANK STADIUM JULY 30th.

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