Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matzo Maker Plans Move to North Jersey

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matzo Maker Plans Move to North Jersey

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Streit's, a family-run matzo business that's been based in New York City for nearly a century, will close its Lower East Side factory and move most of its operations to its existing Moonachie location by late spring -- a dose of good news for North Jersey, which has seen a steep decline in manufacturing in recent years.

The company, which makes and distributes matzo and other kosher products, employs about 80 people overall in Manhattan and Moonachie, where it has a single-story warehouse. Alan Adler, co- vice president of the company, said he could not specify how many jobs the move will bring to New Jersey. The New York factory has about 50 workers.

"I'm not sure how many will want to move," Adler said in a phone interview on Wednesday. "They live in Queens and Brooklyn, and the commute might be tough. For those in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, it would be easier."

Positions will be available for employees based on seniority. Streit's opened its Moonachie site about 15 years ago. Adler said the company's total head count will likely be smaller once the move is complete.

The decision to relocate operations from its main factory on Rivington Street in Manhattan to Knickerbocker Road in Moonachie comes after years of struggling to do business on the busy streets of Manhattan.

"Manhattan is a nightmare compared to New Jersey for a manufacturing business," said Adler, citing instances where cars would be parked in designated loading areas for delivery trucks. "Truckers are so thrilled they won't be driving into Manhattan anymore."

Streit's Moonachie location has loading docks available for trucks, which makes business run "pretty quickly," said Adler.

The size of the facility, too, was a big reason for the company to shift to New Jersey.

"You can't run a modern manufacturing business in four converted tenant buildings," said Adler, referring to the Lower East Side site.

Streit's opened its Moonachie facility after a failed attempt to find an appropriate-size warehouse in Brooklyn. Most buildings in the city's boroughs outside Manhattan, Adler said, were either too small or too large. …

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