Grand opening held for new Jefferson City footwear plant

Grand opening held for new Jefferson City footwear manufacturing plant

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A new footwear manufacturing facility held its grand opening in Jefferson City Thursday, only nine months after announcing it was relocating a plant there. A new footwear manufacturing facility held its grand opening in Jefferson City Thursday, only nine months after announcing it was relocating a plant there.
The 40,000 square foot Footwear Industries of Tennessee, Inc. (FIT USA) plant is located in the Jefferson City Industrial Park and is manufacturing a line of men's work and hunting boots. The 40,000 square foot Footwear Industries of Tennessee, Inc. (FIT USA) plant is located in the Jefferson City Industrial Park and is manufacturing a line of men's work and hunting boots.
FIT USA has hired 50 employees and plans to hire a total of 109 in the next three months. Many of them are experienced sewing machinists and material cutters. FIT USA has hired 50 employees and plans to hire a total of 109 in the next three months. Many of them are experienced sewing machinists and material cutters.
JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - A new footwear manufacturing facility held its grand opening in Jefferson City Thursday, only nine months after announcing it was relocating a plant there.

The 40,000 square foot Footwear Industries of Tennessee, Inc. (FIT USA) plant is located in the Jefferson City Industrial Park and is manufacturing a line of men's work and hunting boots.

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FIT USA has hired 50 employees and plans to hire a total of 109 in the next three months. Many of them are experienced sewing machinists and material cutters. FIT USA is also operating a state-of-the-art, direct-injection molding machine to fabricate the soles of the boots.

"We are tickled to welcome Footwear Industries of Tennessee to Jefferson City. It will be making footwear which will be sold everywhere in the USA, and is bringing new jobs to our city," said Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts. "The citizens of Jefferson County have a work ethic without parallel and they will help to make this company a successful business and a great corporate citizen."

The Footwear Division of The Merchant House International Group was established in 1980. Initially specializing in work boots, it diversified in 2003 and began manufacturing American-style western boots.

The company decided to move production of a footwear line from its headquarters in China to Jefferson City with the goal of shortening manufacturing lead times and reducing inventory overhead for its customers.
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