Clothing maker opens plant in Bel Air State loan helped with start-up

August 01, 1993|By Aminah Franklin | Aminah Franklin,Staff Writer

An Owings Mills-based clothing company recently opened a plant in Bel Air, its first in-state manufacturing facility in 50 years, after receiving a loan from the state.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said Thursday that the Board of Public Works approved a $135,000 loan to help Schoeneman Enterprises Holding Inc. finance the start-up of the Gleneagles company in Harford County, which was shut down for nearly six months before being reopened last December.

Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann said the plant, which makes rainwear, and the 100 jobs it will provide, is good news for the county.

"It was a real challenge to bring back into production a facility that had been closed," she said. "Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the state, the Town of Bel Air, Harford County and J. Schoeneman, the opening of this plant has put people back to work, providing a measurable boost to our economic vitality."

Governor Schaefer agreed, adding the loan sends the message that fostering manufacturing in the state is a priority.

"The reopening of this manufacturing plant is great news for those people who were out of work and now have jobs again," he said. "It is also good news for the state and for our manufacturing sector because it shows that Maryland is serious about working to retain manufacturing jobs."

The Department of Economic and Employment Development's Community Financing Group will lend the money to the Maryland Economic Development Corp. (MEDCO), which will in turn lend the money to Schoeneman.

Schoeneman has been manufacturing men's clothing, including labels such as Christian Dior, Halston and Burberry, for more than 100 years.

The company will use the state loan and an additional $15,000 from MEDCO to finance plant improvements.

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