CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT ENCOURAGES GLENMORE INDUSTRIES TO RELOCATE TO THE GARDEN STATE
TRENTON, N.J. (April 26, 2013) – Last month, the Garden State welcomed a new corporate citizen when Glenmore Industries relocated from Brooklyn to Edison. The home and industrial textile products company moved its operations to a new, state-of-the-art design and product development studio at the Raritan Center, resulting in new jobs and private investment.
During a tour of the new facility today, Michele Brown, chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), thanked the company for choosing to invest and grow in the state.
“Since taking office, attracting top-quality businesses like Glenmore Industries has been a key part of the Christie Administration’s pro-growth agenda,” Brown said. “We are happy to welcome Glenmore to New Jersey, and pleased that the company has recognized the many benefits that the Garden State offers companies, including our ideal location, highly-skilled workforce and enhanced business climate.”
Glenmore Industries was founded in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, and was acquired by current president Harold Lebwohl in 1977. Lebwohl has made a lifelong career at Glenmore, having worked there since the age of 23. Today, Glenmore operates as a high-tech studio, employing highly skilled designers that make prototypes of home goods, such as tablecloths and shower curtains, and industrial goods, including mattresses for college dormitories and products for the medical and healthcare industries. The company provides its private label packaged goods to large retailers such as Kohl’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
“As a pioneer in our industry, Glenmore is excited to call New Jersey home,” Lebwohl said. “The design studio in Edison is state-of-the-art and a great location for growing our company. We have made two job offers this month alone, and look forward to a successful year.”
Throughout the tour, Lebwohl emphasized that Glenmore is a “customer’s factory,” that can create virtually “any industrial or household item the consumer desires.” Glenmore uses an innovative model to create samples at its Edison studio that are low cost and feature high-speed turn around. The new products are then pre-sold to the end user.
To encourage Glenmore to choose New Jersey over a competing location in New York, the EDA executed a Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) award worth an estimated $693,577 over ten years. The award is tied to the creation of 35 new, high-wage positions in New Jersey. The project also involved the private investment of an estimated $500,000.
The EDA is part of the state’s results-driven Partnership for Action. Created by Governor Christie and led by Lt. Governor Guadagno, the Partnership is the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, the Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the EDA.
For information about opportunities for business growth throughout New Jersey, visit the state’s business portal at www.NewJerseyBusiness.gov.