Apparel maker Western Glove Works has completed the first stage of its implementation of the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) system, with a 12-week installation meaning it can put the tool to work in its current-year product cycles.

The Canadian-based firm, which makes denim brands including Silver Jeans, 1921 Jeans and Bootheel Trading Co by Sheryl Crow, has also rolled out the PLM system to its Hong Kong facilities.

The system “marked a huge step forward for us in the competitive marketplace,” said
Mark Lamont, vice president of apparel services at Western Glove. He added it “is accelerating and easing our 2010 product line expansion, which is critical to the company in the current global economy.”

Western Glove Works, which sells to mid- and high-end major chains, independent retailers and boutiques, is implementing Centric Software’s Product Specification, Product Sourcing, Calendar Management and Line Planning modules across all product lines.

It plans to deploy the tool this year to users in sales offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York, to design and merchandise staff in Winnipeg and Montreal, and to several suppliers in Asia.