Schenectady, N.Y. — The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority today announced that RAD Soap Company will move its headquarters, production, and warehouse operations to the Town of Glenville. The company will lease space in a formerly vacant building located at 53 Freemans Bridge Road that will receive a $1 million makeover to house RAD Soap Company and other tenants.
RAD Soap Company was founded in 2009 by Susan Kerber. The company began as a home-based business with a few products. Today, RAD Soap offers an extensive line of all-natural body care products that include hemp-based bar soaps, body creams, scrubs, deodorants, and more. RAD Soap’s most recent product release is Grateful Threads, a natural, chemical-free laundry detergent, which is now a popular item with customers.
The company operates its flagship store at Stuyvesant Plaza and partners with Whole Foods Market throughout the tri-state region, as well as other local retail businesses including Honest Weight Food Co-op and Healthy Living Market and Café. RAD Soap’s products are also sold online through the company website, www.radsoap.com.
RAD Soap considered numerous locations before selecting 53 Freemans Bridge Road for its new home. Ten jobs will move to the new location with plans to add more jobs in the next few years. Financing is being provided by M&T Bank, along with a $95,000 Metroplex grant.
Owner and CEO Susan Kerber said, “We are excited about moving to our new home in Schenectady County. In addition to moving our staff to this renovated building in Glenville, we will also be expanding our ongoing relationship with Pine Ridge Industries in Scotia, which is operated by Schenectady ARC. This will allow us to continue to support and employ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This community is very special to me, having raised a daughter with Down Syndrome. I believe the residents and leaders of Schenectady County and the Capital Region will be proud of the quality products produced by RAD Soap and our commitment to work with all members of the community to get these products to our customers.”
“We are thrilled that Schenectady County will be the new home of RAD Soap as they move into the next phase of their business,” said Schenectady County Legislator Cathy Gatta. “They are a welcome addition to our growing small artisan business community.”
“We welcome RAD Soap to Glenville and thank Metroplex for all their hard work on this project. This is another example of the redevelopment that is starting to occur in this important commercial corridor and will help serve as a catalyst for more to come as we remake Freemans Bridge Road,” said Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle.
“RAD Soap is a fast-growing consumer brand that is adding both retail and on-line customers,” said Ray Gillen, Metroplex Chair.
A late fall 2021 move to the renovated building is planned.