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Hickey Freeman Moves Production Out of Rochester to Mexico

Hickey Freeman building located on N. Clinton. Photo from

Rochester based clothing manufacturer Hickey Freeman has plans to end the local manufacturing of their popular clothing line and move production to Mexico, after June 1.

For over 120 years, Hickory Freeman’s skilled tailors have “created luxury quality suits” for men, here in the city or Rochester.

The local factory, located on N. Clinton Avenue employs just over 200 workers and the change is not expected to have an immediate impact on the workforce, according to the Rochester Business Journal.

The factory will remain open, and will continue to manufacture ‘the same high quality clothing like the Hickey Freeman brand’ under a new name, Rochester Tailored Clothing Company. Additionally, they plan to open a store in Downtown Rochester on Memorial Day Weekend.

This decision… is a testament to the determination and diligence of Rochester’s highly skilled workforce and the many other economic advantages our city has to offer,” Rochester Mayor Malik D. Evans said.

The factory store will be located on the corner of East Broad and South Union streets and will have their grand opening Thursday, May 25. There will be a factory sale May 25 - 28, selling “suits produced at the Hickey Freeman factory.

Hickey Freeman was founded in 1899 by entrepreneurs Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey, their plan was to bring high-quality hand-tailoring to men from coast to coast, according to the company’s website. In 1912 they opened the N. Clinton factory, where production took place up until now.

“While it’s certainly sad to see the iconic name Hickey Freeman leave a part of the city it has been associated with for more than 100 years, I am happy to know this institutional facility on North Clinton Avenue will remain a source of meaningful employment for more than 200 Rochesterians and an important component of our efforts to inspire hope and deliver opportunity for everyone,” said Evans.

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