City of Newburgh, NY Sees Big Opportunity in Garment Industry

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As the garment industry looks to re-shore some of its manufacturing, The City of Newburgh feels it can help meet this need.

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55 miles from the Fashion Capital of the World.

While many leading garment companies contemplate re-shoring a portion of their foreign manufacturing, The City of Newburgh is reaching out to partner and support this new industrial trend. Situated on the western shore of the Hudson River and within 55 miles of New York City, Newburgh believes it can fill a role in providing not only affordable manufacturing space, but also the workforce and technological needs of the garment industry.

The City recently partnered with The Solar Energy Consortium, a non-profit group whose main goal is to attract light manufacturing back to the region. The Solar Energy Consortium was awarded a $2.5 million grant to further their efforts in attracting manufacturers, with a focus on those considering re-shoring their production back to the United States. The effort to attract manufacturers began 2 years ago with a campaign called “A River of Opportunities”. The grant will enable the campaign to ramp up their marketing and advertising effort towards the garment industry. A significant portion of the grant will be available to procure advanced manufacturing equipment for garment companies who are looking to house some of their production in the City of Newburgh. Along with the ability to help secure capital intensive equipment, an advanced manufacturing training facility is under construction in the former Newburgh Armory, now known as the Unity Center. The Unity Center will ensure a continuous stream of trained workers, who will be proficient in using advanced manufacturing equipment.

With its close proximity to New York City, Newburgh believes it can meet the critical needs of garment manufacturing companies. One of the most important will be the ability to house production little more than an hour’s drive from the fashion capital of the world.

With over 2.5 million square feet of warehouse/manufacturing space and easy access to several major interstate highways and an international airport, Newburgh feels it has everything to make garment manufacturers feel at home.

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