Business owner tries to bring back textile manufacturing to NJ

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A New Jersey business owner says she is trying to bring back the textile manufacturing industry to New Jersey.

Northern New Jersey used to know known for the industry. In fact, a sign hung in Hudson County proclaims North Jersey to be the “embroidery capital of the world since 1872.”

Most of the factories that once employed thousands of New Jersey residents have long since closed. And the actual embroidery capital of the world is China.

But a North Bergen business owner wants to bring back textile manufacturing.

Suuchi Ramesh started a textile design and manufacturing firm that started with a half-dozen employees in 2015 and today employs about 100.

They design, sew and construct garments for a large variety of designers.

“Today we have five of six different designs on the floor,” Ramesh says.

Ramesh says that her background is not in fashion, but computer science. She says that she was a computer engineer working in predictive data modeling.

Ramesh started designing clothes when she realized that it makes more sense for designers to have their clothes made in the United States instead of overseas.

“Our businesses are able to come to us and say ‘Listen, can you make this really quick and have it shipped from here?’” Ramesh says. “You just can’t' do that if your supply chain is in China.”

Ramesh even holds training programs to train prospective employees who may need to sharpen their skills.

“It’s just crazy that such a big industry has no presence in the U.S. That is just bound to change,” she says. “It's just the real purpose and the dream is to add a lot of jobs here which we're already doing.”

Ramesh says that she is now seeking investors to allow her to expand the business further.

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