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PERTH AMBOY - Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. visited Individualized Shirts, the largest maker of custom clothing made in the United States, on Monday where he announced job saving federal support for the business, according to a release.
"I’m proud to stand here today to announce that Individualized Shirts will be able to receive funding from a federal program that supports clothing manufacturers hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic," Pallone said. "I advocated for this funding at the federal level so that businesses in New Jersey have the resources they need to continue our ongoing recovery from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It was also great to meet directly with union workers, who are the backbone of what makes our economy thrive right here in New Jersey. I’ll continue to support local businesses and good paying union jobs.”
Pallone, who was joined at the event by local elected officials, business leaders and union representatives, advocated for increased funding for a program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that supports apparel manufacturers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individualized Shirts on Cortlandt Street employs more than 200 employees in the city factory, the release said. Pallone also toured the factory and met with workers who are organized under Workers United.
“On behalf of our workers, their union, and our company we thank Congressman Pallone for not only standing up for us, but for recognizing the many challenges that American manufacturing faces every day,” Jim Brubaker, Chief Operating Officer of Individualized Shirts and head of the shirt division, Tom James Company, said. “Congressman Pallone’s support for American manufacturers like us has helped Individualized Shirts to provide over 200 union jobs to the Perth Amboy community. His support of the USDA Pandemic Assistance Program for Producers is very meaningful to the continuation of those jobs here. We are grateful for his leadership, and we are fortunate that he represents our greater Perth Amboy community.”
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