ISA TanTec formally opens new Mississippi tannery
ISA TanTec recently held an event to market the official opening of its new tannery in Mississippi. The governor of the state of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, spoke at the occasion, which took place just over one year after the company announced its intention to open a new US tannery in Vicksburg.
This project will reportedly involve an investment in excess of $10 million and will create more than 350 new jobs. The opening of the new leather production centre comes at a time when the US government’s policies to source American-made shoes for use by the Department of Defense are encouraging footwear manufacturers to re-establish or increase production on home soil.
ISA TanTec already operates tanneries in China and Vietnam. According to company founder, Thomas Schneider, ISA TanTec is confident that setting up a new tannery in the USA will bring it good growth opportunities in the Americas.
Photograph above shows the ribbon-cutting ceremony – from left: ISA TanTec founder Thomas Schneider, Bill Lauderdale (president of the Warren County Board of Supervisors), George Flaggs (mayor of Vicksburg), Congressman Bennie Thompson, Phil Bryant (governor of Mississippi) and ISA TanTec shareholder Rudolf Schweizer.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the July/August 2015 issue of SATRA Bulletin.