- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A family-owned matzo factory that’s operated from tenement buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for 90 years is moving the operation to New Jersey.

Streit’s (stryts) Matzo owner Alan Adler says the business has outgrown the four adjoining buildings it occupies.

He says the decision to close the factory was difficult. But he says the old ovens slow productivity and newer ones are too big for the converted tenement buildings.

Matzo is unleavened bread that is central to the Jewish Passover holiday.

Adler says the factory plans to cease production in April and move to its facility in Moonachie (mooh-NAH’-kee), New Jersey, by the end of May.

Streit’s Matzo has been a part of Lower Manhattan’s history since the early 1900s when it was a flourishing immigrant neighborhood.

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