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Gerber Innovation Manager Receives Oregon State Engineering Award

Gerber Legendary Blades, a leader in the knife and tool industry for over 70 years, is pleased to announce that its Innovation Manager & Lead Design Engineer Jeff Freeman was a recipient of a 2011 engineering award from Oregon State University.
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Portland, OR - Gerber Legendary Blades, a leader in the knife and tool industry for over 70 years, is pleased to announce that its Innovation Manager & Lead Design Engineer Jeff Freeman was a recipient of a 2011 engineering award from Oregon State University. A 1997 graduate of Oregon State's College of Engineering, Freeman was recently recognized with a Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers Award by the university.

Freeman has been part of the Gerber team since April 1998 and has been the company's Senior Design Engineer since August 2000. A Sweet Home, Oregon native, Jeff was drawn to knives for their beauty and utility and first began collecting knives at the age of ten. Today Freeman holds seven design patents and numerous product awards, but he is most proud of the products he designs for the United States military.

“I'm incredibly honored to receive this honor from my alma mater, not only for myself but also for the incredible team we have here at Gerber,” said Freeman. “The problem-solving skills I picked up at Oregon State have been invaluable throughout my career and are something I employ daily here in my work with Gerber,” Freeman concludes.

Gerber's 2011 collection is currently launching through authorized dealers but Jeff and his teams are looking at 2012 and beyond. For more information on Gerber products please log onto our main consumer site at www.gerbergear.com. To preview our specially designed military products go to http://www.militarygerber.com.

About Gerber: We're Gerber®. We design the tools, knives and outdoor gear that are essential, not only for the task at hand, but for bringing back something lost: our self-reliance. Founded in 1939, Gerber has emerged over the past 70 years into a world leader in outdoor gear with products across multiple categories including knives, tools, lights and gear. We are also proud supporters of the men and women of the U.S. military.

Gerber is a division of Fiskars®, a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. Founded in 1649 and listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Fiskars is Finland's oldest company.

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