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Tom James Company Opens Carlisle Etcetera Distribution Center-Expands English American Tailoring In Westminster, Maryland

Area Development Online News Desk (01/08/2014)
A manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing, Tom James Company recently opened a national distribution center for its Carlisle Etcetera division, and expanded its English American Tailoring Company facility both located in Westminster, Maryland.

Headquartered in New York, Carlisle is a high-end fashion company that produces couture dresses, suits, separates, and accessories. It was founded in 1981 and acquired in 2012 by Tom James Company and Royal Spirit Limited of Hong Kong. Founded more than 100 years ago, the English American Tailoring Company manufactures high quality men’s garments.

Relocating from New York, Carlisle Etcetera purchased the former Marada building at 1200 Independence Way and is establishing a facility for women’s apparel. The English American Tailoring Company is planning to retain its current operations and 380 full-time employees in Westminster, while expanding its custom men’s apparel facility. As part of the new facility and expansion, the companies plan to add an additional 75 employees over the next five years.

“A significant part of our decision to relocate our national distribution center from Long Island City, New York to Westminster was the assistance provided by the State of Maryland and Carroll County Economic Development, which is helping us to hire and train new employees at the center,” said Jim Brubaker, CEO of Carlisle Etcetera. “Westminster has been a great place for Tom James to make high-end custom clothes for over 30 years. Our new women’s facility plus the expansion of the Tom James English American factory further anchors Tom James’ commitment to Westminster and the State of Maryland as a great place to do business.”

“The continued investment in Maryland and Carroll County by the Tom James Company sends a strong message that we have the kind of highly-skilled workforce, supportive business climate and strategic location that world-class companies need to grow,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “This success has not happened by accident, but because of the strategic choices we’re making together to build a strong, growing and resilient economy.”

Dave Roush, President of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners, supported the project. “This is a great example of why the retention of resident industries is so important. In Carroll County we put a great emphasis on nurturing our local companies so they are positioned to grow and expand right here.”

As part of the project, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development provided a $250,000 conditional loan based on job creation and retention and capital expenditure. In addition, Carroll County has approved a $30,000 job training grant to assist in training new employees.

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