Vera Bradley hires 490 new employees

Vera Bradley to Hire 490 Employees

The company leases manufacturing facility in New Haven

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 15, 2008) – Vera Bradley, designer of handbags, luggage and accessories, is in negotiations of a lease for a 125,356 square-foot manufacturing facility in New Haven; the company plans to hire 490 employees over the next 24 months.

“This is an important step in our plan to integrate previously outsourced manufacturing into our operation,” says Mike Ray, chief executive officer. “We are happy to have found the facility right here in Allen County.”

Preparation and improvement of the facility, located at 2808 Adams Center Road, will begin in September. Upon completion, the building will house the company’s manufacturing functions and host approximately 560 jobs, 70 of which will come from existing Vera Bradley facilities.

“Many factors were weighed in selecting this site, including the support of the City of New Haven,” says Jill Nichols, chief operating officer.

Hiring has begun; for more information or to apply for a position visit verabradley.com.

About Vera Bradley: Vera Bradley handbags, luggage and accessories have recently been spotted on: Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, According to Jim, Samantha Who and in over 20 feature-length films as well as in celebrity gift lounges surrounding the 2008 Tony Awards, 2008 Daytime Emmys and 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley was founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller. In addition to a distinctive collection of signature handbags, Vera Bradley designs stationery, rolling luggage, innovative limited edition lines, tableware, fine rugs and eyewear.

CONTACT:
Melissa Cordial
mcordial@verabradley.com
(260) 207.5176
(260) 437.7797

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