Business improves for Jos. A. Bank clothier plans to add 40 employees

January 22, 1993|By Amy Miller | Amy Miller,Staff Writer

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, based in Hampstead, just completed its most successful year in the past five, Ed Jecelin, vice president for manufacturing, told members of the Carroll County Economic Development Commission yesterday.

EDC members toured the plant and corporate headquarters yesterday in an effort to better understand the county business.

"We're glad to be in Carroll County and we want to stay as long as we can," Mr. Jecelin said.

The company, which was in financial trouble a little over a year ago, has opened 10 new stores and plans to hire 40 more employees in the next two to three months, he said.

Employees will probably be split evenly between the Hampstead and Baltimore operations, Mr. Jecelin said.

Part of the company's success can be traced to its new separates program.

Customers who do not fit in standard suit sizes can now purchase the pants and jacket separately.

"That constitutes 70 percent of our business," said Doug Baer, manager of the cutting floor. "We used to get a lot of special orders, but that has dropped off now because of this."

The practice, a trend in the industry, is possible because mills are guaranteeing that an entire bolt of fabric will be the same shade.

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