5 Leather Tanneries Still “Made in USA”

If you’re looking for a factory-direct supplier of leather for your own products or you’re just curious, we have done some of the leg work for you and have located five of the most notable tanneries still in operation in the USA.


1. Horween Leather Co.

The Horween Leather Company has set the standard for the highest quality leathers since 1905. They offer a wide range of tannages from our vegetable tanned Genuine Shell Cordovan to Sport Leathers and Footwear Leathers, such as Chromexcel. All of their leather is processed on the corner of Elston and Ashland in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


2. Herman Oak Leather

Herman Oak Leather’s mission is to make superb leathers for customers who create works of art, founded in 1881 in St. Louis, Missouri, they are one of the oldest still in operation today. “Our job as responsible stewards to make leather in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. This is what we work diligently to accomplish, so that future generations may also enjoy our world.”


3. Wickett & Craig

Founded in 1867, Wickett & Craig is a world premiere vegetable tannery. A labor-intensive method that requires skilled workers, veg-tanning is a natural, eco-friendly process that produces durable, exquisite leathers recognized for their depth of color and rich patina. Simply put our leathers not only endure, but get better with age.


4. S.B. Foot Tanning Co.

The S.B. Foot Tanning Company was first established along the banks of Trout Brook near Red Wing, Minnesota. Founded in 1872 by Silas B. Foot and George Sterling, the S.B. Foot Tanning Company has been a part of the Red Wing, Minnesota community for generations. It moved operations into its current location on Bench Street in 1908. They are are the main leather supplier for Red Wing Shoe Company and a major supplier of leather to the US Military through our partner network.


5. Sunderland Leather Co.

Specializing in bison, deer, goat, and sheep. Sunderland has facilities located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Gloversville, NY, the famed Leather stocking Region, founder William Studenic, developed the company into a contract tanning and merchandising business serving customers worldwide. Now on the third generation of over sixty years of experience, they have a reputation of providing their customers with the finest leathers in the world has been established.


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80/20 USA's mission is not only to serve it's members and clients well, but to empower individuals to do the right thing, to consider the economic impact of every purchase they make and to choose American Made wherever possible.

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