BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 23, 2018) — American Leather Direct, Inc. was joined Wednesday by officials from Warren County, the City of Bowling Green and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new distribution facility on Central Avenue in Bowling Green. This $2.8 million project includes the construction of a 46,410-s.f. facility and will bring 11 new jobs to Warren County.
American Leather Direct was formed in 2010 when the family-owned and operated tannery, Industrias Chahin de Orizaba, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico (also known as ChahinLeather) purchased its distributor of more than 26 years. Combined, the tannery and American Leather Direct have over 110 years of experience in producing and selling high-quality leather for a variety of industries.
“We have chosen to invest and expand in Bowling Green not only because of the growth potential but also because of the community,” said Angel Chahin Maluly, CEO of American Leather Direct and Industrias Chahin de Orizaba.
American Leather Direct distributes full grain leather for the production of high-quality finished products. American Leather Direct’s team has over 80 combined years of experience in the leather industry.
“We are excited to welcome American Leather Direct to our community and congratulate them on this business venture,” said Ron Bunch, president and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with them on the growth of their operations in South Central Kentucky.”
American Leather Direct’s product line includes several leather types in various colors, thicknesses and temper. Their leather is produced using artisanal vegetable tanning practices, which includes the use of plant extracts and tannins. These leather products are used in a variety of products including: tack for the dairy and equine industries, holsters and slings, knife sheaths, dog collars, furniture, shoe laces, belts and handbags.
“We are excited to have American Leather Direct join Warren County’s great business community,” said Warren County judge-executive Mike Buchanon. “We look forward to working with them to continue the growth of their business in our community.”
“Bowling Green’s bustling business community is a great place for American Leather Direct to call home,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “The products and services they offer are very unique to our region, making them a great fit for our economy.”
So far for 2018, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced four economic development projects totaling $14.86 million in capital investment and 82 new jobs. The chamber has announced over $2.6 billion in capital investment and 5,106 jobs over the last 5 years. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States and was ranked among the top 20 for 2018’s ‘Best Small Cities to Start a Business’ by Wallethub.com.
For more information about American Leather Direct, Inc., and available career opportunities, visit www.aleatherd.com.