United States: Fox Team Facilitates Major Business Relocation To Atlantic City
Last Updated: February 2 2015

A team of Fox Rothschild attorneys, led by Nicholas Menas and Adam Busler, recently helped to inject a boost into the Atlantic City economy by facilitating the relocation of a major manufacturer to the area, creating new jobs and aiding in the diversification of the local economy. Over a ten-year period the company will receive an economic incentive of nearly $30 million for the relocation.  

Barrette Outdoor Living, a leading vinyl, wood and aluminum manufacturer and distributor of fencing, railing, garden accents and sheds across North America, will move the majority of its manufacturing operations to Galloway Township. 

Barrette's new facilities will be housed in a 415,000 square-foot building that has sat vacant for more than a decade. The move creates nearly 300 immediate new, full-time jobs for South Jersey residents, with the goal of employing more than 450 within the next five years. Barrette's will also be making a significant capital investment of approximately $22 million.  

The relocation stems from new changes to the Economic Opportunity Act (ERA) of 2013, which significantly increased incentives for nongaming activities in Atlantic City and South Jersey. Administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the ERA recently consolidated five existing economic incentive programs into two -- the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program and the Economic Redevelopment Growth Program -- in an effort reverse South Jersey's downward economic trend.  To read more about these changes, please click here.  

The Grow NJ grant received by this relocation project allowed Barrette's to create jobs for South Jersey residents that otherwise would have been outsourced to facilities in Georgia and Tennessee. 

Menas, a partner with the firm, is a highly skilled real estate attorney with extensive experience representing commercial, industrial and residential developers, public utilities, telecommunications and casinos. Included in "The Power List 2013 and 2014," a list of 101 of New Jersey's most powerful non-elected officials by PolitickerNJ, he possesses in-depth knowledge of the state's land use, zoning, public private partnerships, redevelopment and affordable housing compliance.  

Busler, an associate with the firm, represents clients in New Jersey state and federal court in a range of commercial and employment litigation matters. He has vast experience handling a broad range of real estate matters, including zoning and land use approvals.  

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