The current business was started in 1946 by Louis Alperin. The company
began with one sewing plant employing fifty people. Shortly thereafter,
Louis' three sons, Myer, Irwin and Joel Mitchell Alperin joined him in
the business. James Alperin, son of Myer, joined the business in 1980.
At the peak of its sewing contracting business, the enterprise known
by its manufacturing facilities Mayflower Manufacturing, Triple A Trouser
Manufacturing, and Gold Star Manufacturing employed over 700 associates in
Scranton, PA. In 1993 the company began aggressively acquiring and entering
into joint venture arrangements with apparel businesses that were producing
portions of their products overseas. The company ended its USA based
manufacturing in 2002.
ASTRO Apparel, Inc is owned by James Alperin, has a staff of more than 40 individuals in its administrative headquarters and distribution center in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The sale and merchandising divisions employ sales staff located in New Jersey, New York City, Cincinnati, Detroit and Los Angeles and work with several independent sales representatives throughout the nations. ASTRO maintains production control facilities in the Dominican Republic and also directs the importation and manufacturing of tailored clothing, outerwear, men's dress and sportswear trousers, woven and knit shirts and school uniforms including pants, jumpers, and skirts from other major apparel manufacturing centers across the world. ASTRO sells apparel to a wide spectrum of retailers including discount, specialty and department stores. ASTRO's commitment to its customers is demonstrated by its ISO-9001:2008.