VF Selects Gateway University Research Park for Global Jeanswear Innovation
facility will deliver groundbreaking product innovation
N.C. - Feb. 25, 2015 - VF
Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a leader in branded lifestyle apparel,
footwear and accessories, has selected Greensboro's Gateway
University Research Park, a collaboration between North Carolina A&T
State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as the
location for its Global Jeanswear Innovation Center.
VF facility will be the catalyst for new technologies and advancements that will
improve all aspects of denim - from fiber, yarn, fabric, finishing and design
all the way to the finished product for brands such as Wrangler®,
Lee®, 7 For All Mankind®, Nautica® and Vans®.
constant focus on innovation has enabled VF to remain a leader in the apparel
industry for more than 115 years, and our Global Innovation Center strategy
accelerates our innovation agenda to guide us into the future," said Eric
Wiseman, VF's Chairman, President and CEO. "Partnering with Gateway
University Research Park allows us to combine the universities' world-class
talent and research equipment with our expertise to deliver consistent,
breakthrough innovation for consumers globally."
University Research Park was designed to facilitate collaborations between
researchers and businesses. Through the universities' Joint School of
Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Gateway University Research Park provides
access to state-of-the-art capabilities for product development, analytical
services, materials testing, analysis and evaluation.
this partnership, we have the unique opportunity to help a world-class company
bring to life innovations that are ultimately transferred into must-have apparel
for consumers," said John Merrill, executive director of Gateway
University Research Park. "We're ecstatic to have VF on board and hope to
use this collaboration as a model for working with more local businesses moving
forward. This partnership is a perfect example of what was intended when the
Universities and the State invested in Gateway."
on the research park's campus, VF's Global Jeanswear Innovation Center will be
home to teams of chemists, scientists, engineers and designers who will combine
their expertise to develop innovative materials for VF's many brands. The
Innovation Center is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs for the area
by the end of 2016.
Global Innovation Center strategy, introduced in 2013, includes two more Centers
in addition to the Greensboro location: the Performance Apparel Innovation
Center in Alameda, Calif.; and the Footwear Innovation Center in Stratham, N.H.