The story behind the development of The SHEMP™ Yarn Company Inc. brand, SHEMP™, began as a group of wool industry producers and supporters from the American Sheep Industry and the American Wool Council initiated a discussion on the challenges to finding new uses for wool to develop new economic enterprises. These discussions coincided with the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing the growing of hemp in the United States after many years of being on the DEA list of forbidden crops. They decided that combining hemp with wool would be a natural choice to create a new industry for wool.
President & Founder
Her collaborative style has yielded outstanding results in the development and execution of revenue generating marketing solutions for all. Susan’s no stranger to emerging markets or textiles. Her first experience promoting and selling novel products that had no market performance precedence occurred when she was tapped to launch the first pantyhose product, L’eggs. Years later, her success in launching products in emerging markets, creating high profile strategic alliances and her personal passion for environmental causes and sustainability would converge into an unbridled passion for the potential and importance of industrial fiber hemp
Jennifer M. Woodson
Textile Team Leader
Jennifer M. Woodson is a textile developer with over a decade of experience working with internationally recognized brands. During her graduate studies at North Carolina State University as an Institute of Textile Technology fellow, Jennifer extensively researched the sustainable initiatives being taken in the textile industry; from fiber and yarn production, to textile production, to apparel production. Jennifer has carried this passion for sustainable materials throughout her career and has worked with mills and factories across the globe to create products that are less taxing on the environment than their traditional counterparts.
Mitch Driggers had a long and distinguished career in the military which including his direct involvement with Defense Logistics Agency to secure Warfighter Clothing & Textiles throughout the Supply Chain. For the past 19 years, Mitch has been the Government Contracts Consultant for the American Sheep Industries Association and the American Wool Council. Mitch’s involvement with that organization lead him to be an integral partner in the development of the innovative mix of wool and hemp that creates our yarn. It is Mitch’s initial and ongoing validation as well as his expert advisement that has played and continues to play a major role in bringing Shemp to market.
Director of Operations
Learning the basics of sales and marketing processes at a small outfit in California, Brian quickly jumped into real estate, eventually joining as a partner in an established firm. Within a year Brian became the managing partner of that company, overseeing significant growth in revenue and market share by increasing brand awareness and maximizing customer service through automation. After 15 years in real estate, he transitioned to post-secondary education, as the Director of Recruitment and Development for a small college in Maine. His personal interest in sustainable manufacturing practices lead him to Susan Barnhart. Joining SHEMP in 2021, Brian guides business operations and marketing.