From Puerto Rico, some good news: Rocky Brands, one of the globe’s leading designer and manufacturer of shoes and apparel is resuming work as usual. Rocky Brands include brand names like Rocky®, Georgia Boot®, Durango®, Lehigh®, Creative Recreation®, and the licensed brand Michelin®
The company got a big boost a few years back when it landed a contract to manufacture boots for the US Military.
According to company spokesmen, employees in Puerto Rico are all reported to be safe and the company’s manufacturing facility sustained no damage during Hurricane Maria.
“First and foremost we are extremely pleased that our employees and their families in Puerto Rico are all safe,” said Jason Brooks, president and CEO. “With the vast majority of the island still without power, we are fortunate to have diesel generators in place that have allowed us to resume operations today. While approximately $1.7 million of military footwear shipments were delayed from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, we expect the impact of Hurricane Maria on our full year results to be minimal.”
The factory is located in Moca, Puerto Rico, a city known for its textile manufacturing history. Moca, called La Ciudad del Mundillo ‘the bobbin lace capitol’ is a city in the Northwest portion of the island and like the rest of the US territory was devastated by Hurricane’s Irma and Maria.