Group looking to create manufacturing center in Hudson
Sep 16, 2020 5:45 am
Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a new initiative called Made in Hudson intends to bring what is being called a socially conscious manufacturing center to the city. The proposal is made possible by the Hudson Community Incubator, a membership-based network that provides mentorship, training and services for entrepreneurs. The program is in the0 early stages, with Hudson Community Incubator working with local creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses like Spark of Hudson and Operation Unite. Project partners will finalize the official proposal this month, Hudson Community Incubator founder and director Eric De Feo said. Made in Hudson is looking to obtain a physical space for the center by mid- to late fall of this year, he said. The idea for Made in Hudson originated with Sergio Guadarrama, a fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant. He moved from New York City to Hudson a few months ago with his partner Kade Johnson. Guadarrama is the director and designer and Johnson is the creative director and producer of their fashion brand, Celestino Couture. The company expects to bring jobs to Hudson, as well as education and training. Sirpa Cowell, a Catksill-based fashion designer who has sold clothing at the Hudson River Exchange and Unracked in Hudson, has been lending her manufacturing expertise to the Made in Hudson team because of her experience working with factories. Made in Hudson will open in phases, starting with smaller programming and expanding as they receive feedback from the community. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.