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One of the Most Recent "Grandfathers" of Our Industry Has Passed Away

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE — Jerry Kear had a very long history in our industry and many, many apparel manufacturers benefited from the design and fabrication of his exclusive VMW hemming machines. Many knew it as a "Valley Hemmer" from the original name, Valley Machine Works and later evolving into VMW Automated Apparel Equipment Inc.

In the early 2000's, Jerry purchased another well-known brand, TICE Engineering and made that part of his product line.

Jerry served this industry with a dedicated mind to reducing labor and improving efficiency and production and held two patents for his equipment design.

From the largest jeans and wovens manufacturers to the smallest "Mom and Pop shops", each and every one were a vital part of his success and his legacy.

To honor his efforts and carry on with his legacy, Collier Equipment, Inc., purchased VMW Automated Apparel Equipment/TICE in April 2016 as Jerry decided to retire from the industry. Collier and VMW had a long working relationship designing and building equipment and labor saving devices going back to 1989.

According to Robin Collier, "We are absolutely honored to have known Jerry S. Kear and plan to proudly continue building and supplying automatic machines and spare parts for many years to come, continuing the VMW/TICE legacy."

Robin C. Collier
Collier Equipment, Inc.
Po Box 175, 100 Mill Creek Circle
Lexington, Alabama 35648
Phone: 256-229-6595





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