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EDA works with Milford manufacturer to relocate within in the community

Milford, July 28, 2010 – Local garment manufacturer, Malhame Vestment Company will remain in Pike County when it relocates later this year.  Malhame has secured a new location on the border of Westfall and Milford Townships, allowing the company to retain its current workforce.  Last year the company made a decision to relocate from the facility it leases on John Street in Milford to reduce costs and remain competitive in the marketplace.  Alternate locations were being considered in New York and New Jersey.  With the help of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, the company also explored opportunities to stay in Pike County which resulted in this site.
Malhame executed an agreement with Luhrs Hardware to occupy a portion of its building on Rt. 6 & 209.  The new location will allow the company to reduce costs, retain approximately 10 skilled workers, and remain in Pennsylvania.  EDA Deputy Director Rachel Hendricks said, “These are difficult times economically and it’s critical that Pike County retain and grow jobs now more than ever.  The assistance of the team at Luhrs, the staff of Westfall and Milford Townships as well as the other landlords and realtors that provided opportunities for Malhame to remain here made this a success story for our community.  Jim Pecoy at Malhame Vestment Company worked tirelessly on behalf of his Milford employees to get the best possible outcome, one that benefits the company, the employees and the community and we’re very pleased that the company has chosen to remain here.”

Westfall Township has issued a zoning permit for the project and building plans are already under review.  The company hopes to relocate to the new facility by mid-August when their heaviest production season begins.  Malhame has a long history in the area.  The company began sewing clergy garments in Milford in 1947 before being sold to parent company Family of Brands in 1996.  Local spokesperson Jim Pecoy had this to say, “The whole process of saving jobs and money came down to having to move to a different facility.  What could have been a daunting task was eased by the help of Westfall personnel and the Economic Development Office.  It is a great feeling to be able to be in the same vicinity that this business started in.  Along with keeping the business not only in Pike County or Pennsylvania, we are still manufacturing in the United States.   Some of our competitors have resolved to overseas production and I am proud to say that we have not had to do this.  The Luhrs Brothers have been quite accommodating to our needs and I look forward to a long lasting working relationship with them.”

The building currently leased by the company in Milford Borough will become available with this relocation.  Interested parties should contact Rachel Hendricks at the EDA for more information on the property.

The Economic Development Authority strives to strengthen the economic vitality of Pike County by implementing strategies and managing programs to attract, promote and sustain businesses and employment.  For more information on assistance offered by the EDA contact Rachel Hendricks at 296-7332 or email  HYPERLINK “mailto:Rachel@edapikepa.org” Rachel@edapikepa.org.