Glen Raven's Global Resources (GR2) division has formed a strategic partnership with Phoenix Apparel Resources to bring online a 70,000 sq ft cut-and-sew facility in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"Our new plant allows us to offer customers competitive advantages over the Far East with cost-efficient production and rapid delivery," said Doug Wilson, vice president of Glen Raven Global Resources.

"With the Dominican plant and a similar facility in Mexico, we can offer delivery in two months or less, not the six months that most Far Eastern producers require," Wilson said.

The Dominican facility offers US customers the benefits of greater proximity, as well as favourable trade advantages - including reduced tariffs on exports - created by the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).

Signed into law in the US in 2000, the CBI provides beneficiary countries certain trade benefits with the US similar to Mexico's under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Under CBI, apparel manufactured in eligible CBI countries from yarns and fabrics of U.S. origin will enter the US free of quota and duty.

Glen Raven's global operations are designed to produce garments for leading brand-name apparel manufacturers, with a concentration on activewear, huntingwear and sportswear. Global Resources draws on the capabilities of several of the company's divisions to provide services, including fabric production, dyeing and finishing, garment manufacturing and transportation.

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