Talon International Inc. announced on Monday it is partnering with Levi Strauss & Co., which will use an advanced Talon waistband for its Dockers pants.

The Woodland Hills zipper maker’s Tekfit technology turns a non-stretchable fabric into one with the ability to stretch. The San Francisco apparel maker previously used Tekfit from 2003 to 2006, during which 40 million pairs of Dockers were sold.

Talon said in a statement that the flexible waistband has been “renewed and improved.” Talon has already begun supplying the technology and pants containing it should hit store shelves by the end of the year.

“In addition to our work with Levi, we are also working with other major retailers to include this innovative comfort technology into products such as dress shirt collars, denim jeans and intimate wear,” said Talon Chief Executive Lonnie Schnell, in a statement.

Shares of Talon rose 2 cents, or more than 8 percent, to 26 cents in over-the-counter trading.