MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan company unveiled new technology Tuesday that’s helping move the business forward and create hundreds of jobs.
GTM Sportswear cut the ribbon on their new, state-of-the-art UltraFuseTM Sublimation Center at their Manhattan campus on McCall Road along with Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George.
It’s the first of its kind in the Midwest.
GTM’s new UltraFuse uniforms are created with an advanced dye sublimation technology in which team graphics, names and logos are heat-infused directly into fabric. The sublimation process allows for greater range of design and color possibilities and results in a light-weight, breathable uniform made for lasting performance, the company said.
“We’re more excited about our future than we have been on the past. We’re planning on 638 new jobs in Manhattan. Those will cross the range from part-time, full-time, executive, HR, marketing, sales, so it’s a big deal for us and ultimately I think it’s a big deal for the community and the state of Kansas,” said Dave Dreiling, Owner & CEO.
“Instead of each sublimation order taking weeks and months, like our competitors’, GTM will be able to fulfill orders for customers in a matter of days,” he added.
The new UltraFuse Sublimation Center and the relocation of the GTM Select cheerleading uniform cut-and-sew facility from Texas to Kansas, will lead to significant job growth within the state of Kansas, Manhattan and surrounding communities. Utilizing an incentive package from the Kansas Department of Commerce valued at over $2 million, GTM looks to create nearly 650 new jobs between 2013 and 2017.
"What great news when you have a local boy does well story, adding 600 jobs here in Manhattan. It's great news for the state, great news for Manhattan and it's very heart-warming to see someone that gives back to the community as the Dreilings have done with GTM. We're very proud to be a partner with them and to see this expansion announced," Commerce Secretary Pat George told WIBW.
"The integration of technology and the ability to manufacture and move that very high speed fashion is going to be one of the key parts of the future for us. We're not going to be able to do low skill, low wage items and compete on a global marketplace. But when you see an integration and an ability to take a technology and move it fast in the marketplace like what you see here and getting things done in a day, that's something we're going to be able to compete in...and it's the way to grow and prosper," Governor Brownback said.