Made in Canada - Boutique Tristan & Iseut inaugurates its new manufacturing plant, one of the most advanced in Canada's textile industry



    
                   An investment of more than $2.8 million
    

    COOKSHIRE, QC, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Boutique Tristan & Iseut today
inaugurated Vêtements Cookshire, its new manufacturing facility in the
Sherbrooke region. The ceremony was attended by Marie-Andrée Katia Bertrand,
Regional Director of the Eastern Townships, acting on behalf of the Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Ministor of Labor and Minister of Canada Economic
Development, Johanne Gonthier, MNA for Mégantic-Compton, and a number of other
dignitaries. The new plant will specialize in the manufacturing of the most
complex clothing item to produce: the suit jacket.
    "True to its corporate philosophy, Tristan has always strived to promote
local manufacturing and job creation and to stimulate our economy," stated
Gilles Fortin, President of Boutique Tristan & Iseut. "The North American
textile industry needs initiatives of this kind, and Tristan, through its
activities, is committed to combining the competitive spirit with
socio-economic conscience."
    Owned by Boutique Tristan & Iseut, the new Vêtements Cookshire facility
represents a total investment of more than $2.8 million. The project will not
only see the creation of some 15 additional full-time jobs, but it has also
allowed the plant to position itself as one of the most technologically
advanced in the Canadian textile industry. The acquisition of new equipment at
a cost of $1.6 million will notably contribute to providing a turnkey solution
to the manufacturing of suit jackets. The range of services offered includes:
the treating of fabrics to prevent shrinking, the computerized cutting of
fabric, clothing assembly and production, and a fusing process for the
jackets. The new ultra-sophisticated plant will allow some 140,000 suit
jackets to be produced annually, doubling the facility's current capacity.
    "We are particularly proud of our plant, which is one of Canada's most
advanced clothing manufacturing facilities and allows us to produce high
quality ready-to-wear garments within exceptional timeframes," added
Mr. Fortin.
    The new facilities complement the company's existing plant, in operation
since 1992, which produces 70,000 suit jackets annually. Vêtements Cookshire
originally specialized in the production of suit jackets for women. A client
of the company since 2001, in 2004 Boutique Tristan & Iseut acquired
Cookshire. Prior to the current expansion project, the plant employed
74 people.

    About Boutique Tristan & Iseut

    Founded in 1973, Boutique Tristan & Iseut, which is headquartered in
Montreal, designs, manufactures and distributes ready-to-wear collections for
men and women that provide consumers with the quality and style they are
looking for. Well established in most of Canada's major cities, including
Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, the company also owns boutiques in
New York and Boston. True to its values, Tristan is committed to respecting a
Canadian manufacturing policy, which has allowed it to maintain a balance
between sub-contracting in Asia and the creation and preservation of jobs in
Canada. Its corporate signature, UNUM SUMUS, stands for "We are one."
www.tristanstyle.com




For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Vachon, (514) 395-0375, ext. 254,
Cell: (514) 212-1748, nvachon@hkdp.qc.ca; Marie-Sophie Villeneuve, (514)
395-0375, ext. 227, Cell: (514) 895-1040, msvilleneuve@hkdp.qc.ca

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