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Where the Jobs Are - VF Jeanswear

Americans spend thirteen billion dollars a year on jeans. They are the most worn item in every woman's closet and increasingly some of the priciest. But not all blue jeans purchases have to break the bank; and many of the more moderately priced jeans are shipped from right here in Oklahoma.
Where the Jobs Are - VF Jeanswear

VF Jeanswear

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Show 1031: Where the Jobs Are - VF Jeanswear

Air date: August 1, 2010



Rob:  Well if you have gone clothes shopping lately, you know that bluejeans are big business.  Americans spend 13 billion dollars a year just on jeans.  The most worn item in every woman's closet, and increasingly some of the priciest.

But not all bluejean purchases have to break the bank; and many of the more moderately priced jeans are shipped from right here in Oklahoma.

Our Courtenay DeHoff takes us to VF Jeanswear in Seminole.

[sounds of conveyor in motion]

Courtenay DeHoff:  Miles of conveyor and piles of jeans, VF Jeanswear in Seminole is shipping our favorite denim all across the world.

David Forgety:  Seminole Distribution Center is a facility that distributes jeans all over the United States, all 48 lower states, Canada; we ship to Alaska.

Courtenay:  David Forgety is a manager at VF Jeans.

Forgety:  This distribution center is, is right in the middle of Oklahoma, right in the middle of the United States.  It’s a great place to distribute to all the states, as well as, receive goods from the different ports of entry, from the east coast, the west coast, and from Mexico as well.

Courtenay:  It’s not just about location, but the employees that keep the assembly line moving.

Forgety:  We have a great group of employees, we have a great team.  The people that work in this building are committed to this facility, but also to meeting the needs of the customer.  We have a workforce that is made up of employees that have been with us 30, 20, 10, 5 years.  We have a wide range of experience; a wide range of ethnicity.  We have just a great group of people that want to safely ship and meet customer demand.

Courtenay:  Demand so large that employees have to be able to do a variety of jobs.  That’s why Jeff Cheatwood decided to take the skills assessment test called Work Keys.

Jeff Cheatwood:  They just started doing the Work Keys so I went down there and took it; basically I guess, just to have a head-start and be ready when they hired me, you know, to do any job that they needed me to do.

Work Keys, like I said, it kinda gives you a jump-start on just the average applicant because anybody can pick up an application, you know, but to take that extra step to learn a little bit, it’s helped me earn money faster it’s helped me, you know, advance in my job more and just, you know, like I said get a head start on everything.

Courtenay:  A head-start for a company that does a lot more than just pack boxes.

Forgety:  The distribution center, we receive goods from, from all over the world.  We bring those into this facility, everything in this facility is barcoded, it is tracked through a computer system.  We have miles of conveyor that actually convey the boxes throughout the building.  We have a tilt trace sorter that was built for this facility, we have three levels of picking, we do value added service for the customer, we add hangers to garments, we add price stickers to make the garments shelf-ready for the customer.

Courtenay:  And the company not only helps distribution centers get quality products, but they help the community as well.

Forgety:  When people in this community are employed they benefit not only themselves and their families, but they benefit the community by giving back through purchasing, involvement in the community.  Their kids go to school here, they play little league here.  There’s just a great relationship that, that we have with knowing that, that folks can be gainfully employed and can live their lives in a small community right here in Oklahoma.