Caribbean High Tech Dreams

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There is a loud hum inside Calmon Dominicana's factory, where computerized looms spit out woven garment labels. On a recent day, the machines were spelling out "Made in Dominican Republic" on tags to be stitched into Old Navy pants. "We can do 47 million labels and tags a week," says General Manager Roberto A. Taveras, whose factory sits in Santiago, 130 km north of Santo Domingo. "And we're not even at capacity." That may soon change. Come Oct. 1, apparel exports from the Dominican Republic will be eligible to enter the U.S. tariff- and quota-free under the recently approved U.S.-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act.

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