Warby Parker Builds Labs in Sloatsburg

A designer eyewear company has moved into the neighborhood. Warby Parker, an American brand of prescription eyewear and sunglasses founded in 2010 selling online with a limited number of US showrooms, has taken a 34,000 square foot lab in Sloatsburg creating 128 jobs over the next five years, according to US Senator Charles Schumer. The optical lab reported to cost $15M is where the company will primarily work on lens finishing. The building is located at 150 Rt. 17 across from Auntie El’s Farm Market. New York State has awarded the company $1.32M in tax credits through the Empire State Development Agency. Schumer stated, “We needed manufacturing facilities and this is one of the best because Warby Parker is a growing, modern, high-technology type of company.” The company retains 250 jobs at their headquarters in New York City and another 130 positions at their retail locations. Dave Gilboa, Warby Parker’s founder and co-CEO said in a statement, “Since 2010, we’ve been committed to building a business that lasts and, as we continue to scale, the lab will allow for more sustainable growth across our supply chain.” Schumer noted Warby had been looking at another location in Pennsylvania but Sloatsburg’s proximity to the company’s New York headquarters and it’s workforce won the day.

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