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FROXX APPAREL MANUFACTURING SELECTS DADE COUNTY FOR OPERATIONS AFTER NATIONAL SEARCH

 MIAMI, July 26 /PRNewswire/ --FROXX apparel manufacturing from Los Angeles has selected Miami for its new production facility and will begin operations in early August. The company, which produces young contemporary stretch knit clothing, will be hiring approximately 120 employees to start with and plans to expand to 200 by this time next year.
 Miami was chosen over Phoenix, El Paso, and Las Vegas, said FROXX President Cesar Martinez, "because Miami presented us with the most beneficial terms."
 Their decision to set up operation in Miami -- located at 15201 N.W. 34 Ave., Miami -- was made after evaluating a number of cities around the country and finding that Miami's tax incentives, fair worker's compensation terms, cost of living, and exceptional market location made it the unquestioned right choice.
 "After visiting Miami three times, we made our final decision in November of 1992; we will begin operations by early August. In addition to the excellent terms Miami provided us, the fact that it will also be a great springboard for international trade should NAFTA become a reality made the decision an easy one," added Martinez. "Our policy of only manufacturing in the U.S., and proudly displaying our 'Made in the U.S.A.' label on all FROXX garments, will be a real asset," he emphasized. Currently FROXX does limited sales to Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
 FROXX will hold its first job fair in late July or early August and will be seeking skilled personnel, but will also offer very aggressive training. "Skilled workers are important," stated Martinez, "but everyone will require training because our manufacturing methods demand very high quality, and require state-of-the-art equipment and applications."
 FROXX, which began operations in Los Angeles in 1990, will maintain a showroom there.
 "The Beacon Council was exceedingly helpful to us," said Martinez. "Chris Blakeslee, director of Business Development, provided us with real estate information, local area orientation, referrals to help us plug into the local apparel market and local business environment, apprised us of labor issues that would impact our business, helped us with permitting and licensing issues, as well as introduced us to a number of incentives Dade county had to offer."
 The Beacon Council is Dade County's economic development organization.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn H. Roberts of The Beacon Council, 305-536-8032/


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