Tod’s ensures Italian manufacturing continues in earthquake-affected region
Italian leather goods brand Tod’s has unveiled construction details for the manufacturing plant it plans to build in Arquata del Tronto, Italy.
The investment in Arquata del Tronto will benefit Italy’s Le Marche region, a historical manufacturing center, particularly known for its footwear craftsmanship. Arquata del Tronto and nearby villages were damaged by the devastating earthquake that occurred in August.
The August earthquake hit close to home for Tod’s. The brand’s headquarters is located in Casette d’Ete, approximately 65 miles from Arquata del Tronto.
Tod’s announced its intentions November after acquiring about 54,000 square feet of land in the Italian village. According to local media reports, Tod’s invested approximately $1.1 million on the parcel.
As a proponent of Made in Italy, Tod’s new plant will hire young locals which will insure the Le Marche region continues being known for handcrafted footwear. The plant is expected to produce Tod’s shoes.
Diego Della Valle said that starting in January 2017, he will begin a series of meetings adding, “very generous entrepreneurs who are friends of mine and who have expressed interest in building factories here and in other disaster zones, and to bring jobs.”
Tod’s has not yet disclosed the cost of its new factory.