Rockland could again become home to clothing manufacturing.

The Rockland City Council will consider at its Wednesday, Feb. 10 meeting whether to apply for a $100,000 state grant to assist a company that wants to manufacture high-end women’s clothing. The meeting has been changed from Monday to Wednesday because the council chambers will be set up Monday for the Tuesday. Feb. 9 MacDougal School closure referendum.

The council will vote on whether to submit a Community Development Block Grant for Beth Bowley and Jin Shook doing business as 412 Main Street.

The retail business fourTWELVE, located at 412 Main St., is in the front at the street level of the downtown building. The grant would go toward renovating a 700-square-foot apartment in the rear of the building at the street level to allow for manufacturing, said Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch.

Lynch told councilors at their Feb. 1 meeting that Bowley and Shook plan to start small with the hope of later expanding to a larger space. The owners looked at sites around the region before settling on the space in the 412 Main St. building, Lynch said.

The company would employ four people to start. The jobs would include two stitchers, one pattern maker and one plant operator.

The business fourTWELVE opened in Rockland in 2007. According to the business’ Web site, the store is the lifelong dream of Bowley, a Maine native and New York fashion designer. She started her own line of clothing in 1998 and her collections have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Elle, and In Style and the clothing is sold in boutiques nationwide.

Lynch said that if the business gets the grant, the owners will have to match the grant dollar for dollar. The application would be filed next month.

Rockland had hundreds of apparel manufacturing jobs until the early 1990s. The largest ones to close were Nautica and Schoolhouse Togs. Nautica ceased manufacturing clothing in the early 1990s but continued to operate a distribution center in the Industrial Park until 2002. Schoolhouse Togs closed in 1992 on Winter Street.