Gerber, the Oregon-based maker of personal knives and multitools, has announced the expansion of local employment and plant operations to a 24/7 schedule following the addition of a third shift at its Portland plant. Gerber makes products such as the StrongArm Fixed Blade, Impromptu Tactical Pen, 06 and Covert Automatic knives as well as the MP600 multi-tools at the Portland facility. The company said the decision to expand working hours at the plant was made in response to increasing demand for new and existing products. Gerber has recently launched the new Center-Drive multi-tool and the US-Assist pocket knife.