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Mississippi TanTec Awarded 2nd Place at Tannery of the Year Awards Program 2018
The sixth Tannery of the Year Awards program for 2018 organized by World Leather Publications came to a conclusion on 14th March with a gala dinner held in Hong Kong. Mississippi TanTec, the Vicksburg facility of the ISA TanTec Group, was named one of the final three and eventually granted the Highly Commended Award among eight finalists.
The judging panel assessed various criteria including commitment to technical innovation, environmental best practice, employees, community, strong relationships with clients and economic sustainability. Interhides Thailand received the Global Winner Award while Mississippi TanTec shared second place with Xingye. The other five finalists were Andrew Muirhead & Son, GST Autoleather Mexico, Leather Industries Uganda, Sepiciler and Tongtianxing Group.
Mississippi TanTec (MTL) is the third facility the ISA TanTec group has built, following the layout, the structure and the way of working of the group’s already successful sites in China and Vietnam.
The facility was established in 2014 realizing the companies vision of “Made in USA” leather production. It was the first tannery to commence production in the US in decades which created job opportunities for the residents of Warren County and planned to create 360 jobs in 5 years.
Manufacturing in the United States allows ISA TanTec to shorten lead times and ship directly to customers in the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. In addition MTL is committed to supporting local manufacturing in the US and the US government contracts with Berry Compliant leather.
Pablo Diaz, President & CEO of the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Warren County Port Commission congratulated Mississippi TanTec (MTL) on their success. “Vicksburg Warren County and the State of Mississippi are proud to see a member of our business family being recognized in a global setting for their innovative approach to business. Mississippi Tantec is demonstrating that Made in USA products can compete and excel globally. We praise them for their commitment to making products right here in America and we reiterate our commitment to working with them to help them grow and continue to succeed.”