In his more than 20 years as CEO and 13 as a co-owner of Roma Industries, Paul Horowitz has heard little until recently regarding the need for a revitalization of domestic manufacturing and the resulting enhanced employment that will follow. He and his partners have made the growth of their manufacturing business a key part of the business plan. In Horowitz’ view, little has been done by those in high places who trumpet the cause to back up the rhetoric.
“In some respects we manufacture a unique, luxury product as much of our production is focused on genuine alligator, crocodile and lizard,” he says. “Products made from these materials are material-intensive, rather than the labor-intensive items made in low-cost markets, thus the labor component is less important.”