For Mike Mathieson, the sights and sounds of the textile industry take him back to his childhood, when his mother worked at our Elgin mill. Fast forward five decades and he and his talented daughters are all part of the Johnstons of Elgin story, making Carrie and Asia the third generation of their family to join our highly skilled team.
With forty-four years of service under his belt, Mike is our longest serving employee and has seen endless progress, including the opening of our Hawick mill, flood recovery in Elgin and innovation in design and technology across our business. Reflecting on his career, Mike says he wouldn't change a thing.
"One of my earliest memories is the smell of the mill," explains Mike, 59, whose mother Marie, 79, worked at the Elgin site during the 1960s. "She worked in the twisting department when I was just a kid," he says. Twisting is the process of plying the spun yarn after the dyeing, carding and spinning processes. The yarn is twisted in preparation for weaving.