Shake-n-Go Fashion, a wig manufacturer based out of Port Washington, is moving its warehouse operations to Georgia.
“We need bigger warehouse space as the number of items are increasing,” said Bo Chun, a spokesperson for the company, in an email. “Our research shows that the rent per square feet in New York is approximately four times higher than the rent per square feet in Georgia.”
Shipping, Chun added, was also a reason for the move.
Moving to [Georgia] will give us a competitive advantage because we can make faster delivery to our customers at a reduced UPS shipping cost,” she wrote.
The company, which makes wigs and other synthetic hair products, will keep its headquarters in Port Washington.
That means the sales, design, marketing, and management teams will remain in New York, according to a report in Newsday.
But almost all of the warehouse workers could be affected.
According to a Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification filed last year, Shake-n-Go estimated that up to 92 people could be affected by the relocation. The layoffs will occur sometime between March 29 and April 30, according to the WARN document.
The new warehouse will be located in Suwanee, Ga., a city of 18,700 located about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta.
According to the WARN document, the employees affected are not represented by a union.
Shake-n-Go’s offices and warehouse are located at 85 Harbor Road in Port Washington North.
The clerk for the Village of Port Washington North said she was unaware of the planned layoffs. Efforts to reach the mayor were unavailing, as were efforts to reach the county’s Industrial Development Agency, which was created to help Nassau attract and keep jobs.