Coral Crusader

Coral reefs in the Florida Keys, Caribbean and throughout the world are in dramatic decline. Kylie Smith, a graduate student from Clemson, has made it her mission to help restore one of the ocean’s most endangered species.


Brent Beason first traveled to Slater Mill on a sales call with his father in 2000. In 2016, with the mill facing closure, Beason returned to purchase it, saving 57 jobs and creating new ones. His company is one of many breathing new life into the textile industry by sharpening its focus on advanced materials.