SOURCE: Lectra


September 16, 2009 09:11 ET

Lectra Cutter Installed at San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind Thanks to Generous Donation by Valero Energy

Lectra's Vector Fashion FP Cutter Used by Visually Impaired to Manufacture Military Apparel

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials -- textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials, announced today that The Valero Energy Foundation -- the charitable arm of Valero Energy Corporation -- made a generous donation to San Antonio Lighthouse for the blind (SALB) for the purchase of leading-edge Lectra technology.

SALB is a private, non-profit organization that creates opportunities for individual independence by providing rehabilitation programs and employment opportunities that measurably improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals.

"We chose Lectra because of the flexibility and ease of use it gives our visually impaired employees," according to Joe Langley, VP Manufacturing. "Our relationship with Lectra is a true, long-standing partnership. The service and technology they provide us is top notch and helps us improve the lives of our community -- both our visually impaired workers and the military who receive the quality apparel they make. We are also very grateful to Valero for such a generous, useful donation."

It is part of the Valero mission and culture to make a difference in the communities where employees live and work. One of the ways this is accomplished is by providing financial support to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the communities where Valero has major operations. "Valero is committed to our community," according to Sylvia Rodriquez, Executive Director, Valero Energy Foundation. "We are pleased to partner with Lectra to make a major impact on the lives of so many at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind."

SALB, along with several other blind industry sites in the US, use Lectra's Vector automated cutting solutions to make apparel for the US Military. The investment made by SALB includes Lectra's intelligent pattern and marker making solutions -- Modaris and Diamino along with the Vector Fashion -- a flexible, digitally-controlled cutting solution. Combined with this is the integrated Barcode reader, which allows visually impaired individuals to operate the cutting machine by accurately inputting cut order information into the system.

"Lectra is pleased to work with corporations like Valero who can donate to a worthy cause and allow organizations like San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to use our technology that measurably improves the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals," according to Roy Shurling, President of Lectra US. "Companies around the world use this technology to produce high-quality apparel. SALB's use of the technology is a true testament of its ease of use and flexibility."

About San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind creates independence by providing rehabilitation programs and employment opportunities that measurably improve the lives of blind or visually-impaired individuals. The San Antonio Lighthouse is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Texas, serving people who are blind or visually impaired for over 75 years. The San Antonio Lighthouse provides rehabilitation services through its Rehabilitation Center and employment opportunities through its Manufacturing Plant and Military Base Supply. For more info on SALB:

About the Valero Energy Foundation

At Valero, community involvement is an integral part of our corporate culture, from organized Valero Volunteer Councils (Valero employees donated nearly 139,000 hours of time in 2008) to our financial support of countless community organizations. In fact, making a difference in the lives of others has been the foundation of Valero's success. Despite the company's tremendous growth and change over the past 25 years, Valero employees have remained committed to this caring philosophy. As a result, Valero has become an even better and more successful company. Valero's community and volunteer activities not only benefit our communities, but they also foster camaraderie among employees, from the board room to the mail room, and they even become family affairs. The company's emphasis on volunteerism has given Valero employees a special caring and sharing spirit that sets the standard for others in our communities to follow. And success is measured not only by the number of employees who volunteer for these various community projects but also by the results which are achieved on behalf of deserving programs and individuals within the community. For more info on Valero:

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline, and accelerate product design, development, and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), and furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as the aeronautical and marine industries, wind power, and personal protective equipment. Lectra serves 23,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,500 employees and $292 million in 2008 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

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Contact Information

  • Lectra contact:
    Melissa Vidakovic
    email: Email Contact
    tel: 770.422.8050 ext. 182

    San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind contact:
    Nancy Lipton
    email: Email Contact
    tel: 210-531-1533