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Clothier expands in Westminster, to add 75 jobs

Clothing firm Tom James Co. has opened a national distribution center in Carroll County and is expanding another operation there, the state said Tuesday.

Tom James expects to add 75 jobs in the next five years as a result of both moves, the governor's office and Carroll officials said in a joint announcement.

The company's Carlisle Etcetera LLC, which makes couture dresses, suits and other high-fashion items, moved the distribution center from New York to Westminster. Tom James' English American Tailoring Co. — a made-to-order clothing manufacturer that already employed 380 people in Westminster — is expanding its custom men's apparel facility there.

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is providing a $250,000 loan to Tom James that will turn into a grant if the company meets job creation, job retention and capital spending goals. Carroll County agreed to give the company a $30,000 grant to help train new workers.

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