Gerber Technology Provides Support to New York City's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

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Gerber Technology Provides Support to New York City's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative

Gerber Technology, provider of integrated software and automated solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, is supporting the Council of Fashion Designers of America's (CFDA) Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) by sponsoring a grant created in conjunction with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) to nurture and preserve garment production in New York City, connecting fashion designers with local manufacturing.

Bestec Concept, a New York City based manufacturer, was selected by the CFDA to be a recipient of the grant. Bestec boasts 20 years of commercial apparel manufacturing experience, servicing large production runs for both men's and women's apparel. As a result of Gerber Technology's sponsorship, Bestec will be purchasing AccuMark® pattern design, marker making, grading and production planning software, as well as a Gerber I-Table and Paragon® HX GERBERcutter®.

The CFDA's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative is a public-private partnership program designed to support local fashion manufacturing throughout New York City's fashion sector and offers the chance for companies to apply for grants to purchase equipment, make capital and technology upgrades, offer training to their employees or cover the cost of relocating to New York City. Over the past three years, CFDA has awarded grants for 18 companies totaling $2 million.

Mike Elia, President and CEO of Gerber Technology, said, "Since the early 20th century, New York City has been home to many of the world's fashion labels, designers, manufacturers, showrooms and suppliers. We are committed to supporting and advancing the local fashion industry in New York City and we've been proud to participate in CFDA's Fashion Manufacturing Initiative since its inception." Elia continued, "We are delighted to support Bestec Concept, a New York City based company that makes quality uniforms for the United States Armed Forces, U.S. Postal Service, police as well as civilians."

Helen Han, President of Bestec Concept, said, "Gerber Technology's support will enable us to expand our manufacturing capabilities here in New York. We were able to grow our current production facility to a 35,000 square foot space with the capacity to produce 15,000 units per week. With the right technology, not only can business flourish, but also compete advantageously with foreign manufacturers. Gerber Technology is has been a long time leader in automated systems and has helped countless companies like ours grow and elevate their businesses."