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Up to 200 garment jobs coming to Cleveland
Clothes maker setting up headquarters in the city and taking advantage of the area's location, workforce and manufacturing tradition
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Sen. Sherrod Brown (at podium) and Wahconah Group CEO Issac Crawford announce that the garment maker will move its headquarters to Cleveland. Brown also announced a bill to require the federal government to only purchase 100 percent American made clothing and other textiles. Currently, the requirement is only 51 percent.
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A clothing manufacturer is moving its headquarters to Cleveland and creating up to 200 new jobs. The Wahconah Group will begin operations later this year at the former Goodwill Industries headquarters building on East 55th Street. Company CEO Issac Crawford says the jobs include  corporate positions, designers, warehousing and distribution, customer service, and eventually some manufacturing work. He says Cleveland was picked because of its workforce and other factors.

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“From a business standpoint, 80 percent of the U.S. population is from Chicago, Dallas, kind of east. We’re right in the middle. So, within a day, for warehousing and distribution you’re out there. The cost of living is very competitive. And as you see by the auto industry and rust belt, it’s set up for manufacturing. So if you need support or manufacturing resources it’s not like people look at you glassy eyed, this area knows manufacturing.”  

Wahconah makes a wide range of apparel. And the company has a new contract to make a multi-purpose coat for U.S. Postal Service letter carriers. Crawford says the coat’s design properties with be used for a new performance-based apparel line which will include “wearable electronics,” or “smart apparel.”   

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Can you tell me How to apply for a position with your new company location on E. 55th in Cleveland and when it is going to open.
I thank you and wish you the best in your new opening?


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