Manufacturing maven next up in entrepreneurship series

by Stacey Markin
| WMU News
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KALAMAZOO—The owner of the largest off-price apparel wholesaler in the Midwest will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum at Western Michigan University.

Ed Bernard, founder of Bermo Enterprises, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, April 12, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kayla Hunt at (269) 387-6059 or Free parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Bermo Enterprises

Bermo Enterprises Inc., a wholesaler, retailer and manufacturer of off-price sportswear, was founded in 1973 by Ed Bernard. Kalamazoo was selected as the site for the business which initially consisted of a small jeans store near the campus of Western Michigan University. Over the years, Bermo evolved into a company that now includes 12 retail locations in Michigan and Indiana, a wholesale division that is the largest off-price apparel wholesaler in the Midwest, a showroom in New York’s garment district and a manufacturing division that makes clothing under privately-owned labels, as well as under labels for which Bermo owns the licenses: Case IH, International Harvester and Farmall.

The Entrepreneurship Forum is sponsored by Educational Community Credit Union and hosted by the WMU Haworth College of Business.

For more information, visit or call (269) 387-6059.