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CANADA Goose gained a manufacturing foothold in the city Wednesday in a deal that saw the Toronto-based company purchase Engineered Apparel of Winnipeg.
"We've worked hard to develop a quality and complex product" Engineered Apparel president Chuck Barbee said in an interview.
"Given the current business climate of the apparel industry in Canada, I am very happy about this acquisition," he said.
"This is a good marriage between Engineered Apparel and Canada Goose."
Engineered Apparel has been a contractor for Canada Goose for a number of years.
The company specializes in feather down manufacturing and produces high-end outerwear for some of the world's most recognizable outdoor brands.
Canada Goose's products include jackets, gloves, hats and other cold-weather apparel and are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Engineered Apparel, which has been in business for 15 years, employs about 120 people at its plant near the Disraeli Bridge and Higgins Avenue.
Barbee said he is confident there will be no layoffs in the change of ownership, something Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose, confirmed.
Inevitably, there will be some system changes, but Barbee said the "day-to-day processes should remain the same."
Barbee will stay on at the company, now named Canada Goose, for about six months, and then continue operating his other manufacturing operation, located in El Salvador, under the name Engineered Apparel.
Reis said Canada Goose is growing and this purchase is part of the company's expansion, which has seen it become one of the top manufacturers of outdoor apparel in Canada.
"The company is growing and we are committed to producing made-in-Canada products" said Reiss. This acquisition is part of Canada Goose's commitment to Canadian jobs and Canadian expertise, he said.