NASHVILLE – Smithville’s Omega Apparel continues its 22-year-long history of clothes making in the U.S. with the official opening of a new design and production facility in Nashville, its second Tennessee-based facility.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5225 Harding Place, Nashville, at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Nashville Mayor Barry will speak and participate at the event.
Omega is expanding beyond its 100,000-square-foot facility in Smithville. The new Nashville facility will showcase Omega’s new expanded capabilities; full service design and business consultation, and small batch production.
“We are now able to service all customers large and small,” said Shelley Sarmiento, chief strategy officer and design director. “Our newest boutique services model is focused on servicing the fashion community in Nashville. Our customer’s needs range from celebrity clothing lines, tactical khakis, plaid shirts, doll clothing, pet designs, and much more. Our goal is to enable our customers to go from initial concept to full production, all right here in Nashville and proudly claim 100 percent made in USA.”
“The opening of Omega’s Nashville facility is a game changer for our regional fashion brands in Nashville,” added Van Tucker, CEO of the Nashville Fashion Alliance (NFA). “The proximity of the creative and manufacturing processes in the apparel industry is a critical component for emerging fashion brands. At every stage of development, the Omega Apparel Team have embraced our regional brands to help them find quality, affordable American manufacturing and conquer one of our key challenges as an industry.”
Dean Wegner, president and CEO, said the goal is to add 1,000-plus jobs over the next five years. He said the Nashville facility would only strengthen Smithville operations. Around 200 are employed there.
“The heart of our mission at Omega is creating jobs and building a great place to work,” he said.