Clothing jobs suit Schaefer just fine Governor lauds Jos. A. Bank on Hampstead visit

September 08, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Gov. William Donald Schaefer was measured, fitted and photographed during a visit to Jos. A. Bank Clothiers in Hampstead yesterday. He also was persuaded to order a navy chalk-stripe suit.

"Something in a vertical stripe will make you look taller, leaner," said Chris Carr, vice president of direct marketing for the clothing manufacturer.

The governor agreed. He also ordered two other suits -- a charcoal gray and a dark herringbone -- and a navy blue blazer and gray trousers.

He visited the plant on Route 30 to buy the new clothes -- the total bill was nearly $1,000 -- and to praise the company's recent success.

Jos. A. Bank is opening new stores and hiring employees when other companies are cutting back. The governor gave Chief Executive Officer Timothy F. Finley and President Chick Schwartz "Salute to Excellence" awards.

The company has about 400 employees at its sewing plant, distribution facility and headquarters in Hampstead, Mr. Finley said. Statewide, it has about 1,000 employees, he said.

Jos. A. Bank has about 15 percent more factory workers than it did last year, he said. Sales are expected to be about $150 million this year, up about $20 million over recent years.

"Carroll County is expanding and booming. The future is so great," Mr. Schaefer said.

"I wish we had 100 Jos. A. Banks around the state of Maryland," said Mark L. Wasserman, secretary of economic and employment development.

About 20 people, including photographers, reporters, members of the governor's staff and Jos. A. Bank employees, followed the governor on a brief plant tour and watched as tailor Alessio Mattucci fitted him for size 44 jackets and 40 1/4 -inch-waist pants.

Carroll's three commissioners thanked Mr. Schaefer for visiting the county and promoting it as a place to do business.

"You've helped us one-on-one a couple of times recently," Commissioner Donald I. Dell said.

"You've done a lot for us," Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said.

The commissioners have said that they and state officials are working with two companies interested in locating in Carroll. Yesterday, Mr. Wasserman declined to give details.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy praised Jos. A. Bank for selling "a quality product at a good price."

Mr. Finley said the company's success could be attributed to hard work by all employees.

"The work ethic -- particularly here in Carroll County -- is outstanding," he said.

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