Plans include more than 25 new full-time positions
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2016) – Silver Creek Leather Co. intends to move to a 30,000-s.f. building at 5035 Keystone Boulevard in Jeffersonville, Ind., One Southern Indiana, in coordination with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, announced Friday.
Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, will invest more than $2.3 million in the project over the next five years. Plans also call for the full-time employment of 25-30 new workers in addition to the 45 currently employed.
Greg Sartor, owner of Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, said, “After years of significant growth and several expansions, we have acknowledged our current space is simply too small to meet our current requirements and future development. We were happy to find a location to accommodate our manufacturing, packaging and warehousing needs. We are looking forward to moving to our new location, located off Highway 62, which will increase our space by 25 percent. Since we will own the new building, and there is room for further expansion, we feel the company will be poised for new opportunities when they are presented to us.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered the Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, a grant of up to $40,000 from the Skills Enhancement Fund which provides assistance to businesses to support training and upgrading skills of employees required to support new capital investment.
“Across the state, homegrown Hoosier companies like Silver Creek Leather Co. continue to grow, contributing to a record number of more than 156,000 new jobs added since 2013,” said Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As the best state in the Midwest for business, we have cut costs, lowered taxes and reduced regulations, equipping job creators with a winning formula for business growth. Today’s news marks yet another success for Hoosiers, and I’m proud to celebrate Silver Creek Leather’s continued growth and job creation.”
Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, is a full-line wholesale leathercraft supplier. Products include leather lacing, leather trims, kits, tools, dyes and other components used in leathercrafting. More than 70 percent of these products are manufactured in Southern Indiana and are offered under the company’s Realeather brand, as well as private label for national retail chains. Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, products are available nationwide at more than 3,000 retail locations, as well as numerous specialty distributors and catalog companies.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said, “Business continues to thrive in Jeffersonville with the addition of Silver Creek Leather Co. on the Highway 62 Manufacturing Corridor. Silver Creek Leather is one of those ‘homegrown’ Southern Indiana manufacturers that continues to grow year after year, and will offer employment opportunities while providing tax revenue to the city. We congratulate Silver Creek Leather on their recent expansion and stand ready to help them continue to grow.”
“Silver Creek Leather Co., LLC, is a locally-grown company that continues to prosper in Southern Indiana. A longtime member of One Southern Indiana and the Metro Manufacturing Alliance, Silver Creek Leather has worked with 1si on several past expansion projects,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “Growing a company which started in a small shop with three employees to an international company with 45 employees in just 14 years is truly a success story. We congratulate them on their move to a larger facility and look forward to helping them with future developments and accomplishments.”