DERBY, N.Y. (WIVB) — What many are calling a “New Era” in Buffalo is being propelled further with a new announcement made by Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday.
Schumer appeared in the Erie County hamlet of Derby to announce a new contract with New Era to make NFL hats in western New York. New Era, a Buffalo company, was started in 1920.
The senator said that “millions of caps” will be manufactured in Derby. Because of these plans, more than 250 employees at the New Era factory will be kept year-round.
Schumer emphasized the importance of making products in the United States during his speech, but more importantly, he emphasized the importance of production in western New York.
“New Era has conquered the diamond, and now they’re ready for the gridiron,” Schumer said. “This production line will usher in a new era for the company – and it is a touchdown for the 250 local workers as well as the entire Western NY regional economy. For years I’ve been a tireless advocate for keeping NFL football here in Western New York, and the decision to manufacture NFL caps here is yet another win that came from Buffalo’s economic revitalization playbook. Today’s announcement guarantees that for these caps, ‘Made in America’ means ‘Made in Western New York.”
Just recently, the former Ralph Wilson Stadium was renamed New Era Field in a new naming rights deal.