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Ty Johnson

Ty Johnson

Asst. Director of Manufacturing

Thistle Farms

Nashville, TN USA

When you’re given a second chance with anything: take a hold of that second chance, be the best that you can, and give it all that you have to give.


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Day In The Life Of An Assistant Director of Manufacturing


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in a great Christian-based home in Knoxville, Tennessee, but things quickly changed when my mother married an alcoholic—from then on, I faced a lot of abuse and turned to drugs to cope.
I dropped out of school and the community I grew up around quickly shifted to drug dealers, drug users, prostitutes, and gamblers.
I had already been in and out of prison a couple of times before my final arrest for selling drugs in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
I decided that I needed help, so I put myself on the waiting list for Magdalene, a residential recovery program for women with criminal histories of prostitution and addiction.
I got a bed at a Magdalene home and stayed there working on myself for about a year—despite my efforts, I was still sentenced to 14 years for my drug charge.
While in prison, I participated in behavioral modification programs, started working towards my GED, and stopped hanging around the wrong crowds—I was granted parole three years later.
I returned to the Magdalene program and got a job with Thistle Farms—I started working as a candle maker and have worked my way up to assistant director of manufacturing.
I’ve been out of prison for over eight years now without any violations!




Asst. Director of Manufacturing

I oversee the manufacturing floor of a social enterprise that supports women healing from prostitution and addiction.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Building Things

Day to Day

I help train our employees on how to make the products and how to use the machines. I also mentor the women who are still in our residential program. Once a month I get a forecast. I sit down with those numbers and break the report into different weeks. Then I'll assign women to different machines and find trainers for women who need to be trained. I also work on payroll and evaluations for employees. On top of all of that, I get to set my own goals to work towards.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"They want something from me. What do I have to do in return for this free support?"

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Drugs / Addiction