Justin Boot Company has acquired the facility on Sale Barn Road that was formerly occupied by Thorco Industries. The lease purchase agreement, which comes with an option to buy, will likely mean new jobs for the Cassville area.
"We've seen a lot of growth and increased demand for American-made footwear," said Randy Watson, Justin Brands, chairman and chief executive officer. "Having this new facility gives us a lot of flexibility because of its location and size. We'll be able to use it for production as well as storage and possibly warehousing.
"The opportunity to work out a mutually beneficial agreement with a sister Berkshire company makes it even more compelling," said Watson. "With this growth comes a need for more qualified and able workers so we hope some of the good people in the greater Missouri area will be interested in how they can become a part of our progress."
Justin Boot Company began in Spanish Fort, Texas, in 1879. In 1918, the company's headquarters was moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. Justin Boot expanded its operations to Cassville in July of 1981.
Justin Boot Company celebrated the Cassville plant's 25th anniversary in 2006. At that time, the company had produced and shipped nearly 10 million pairs of boots.
Justin Boot Company is a division of Justin Brands, Inc. Other divisions include the Tony Lama Company, Justin Original Workboots, the Nocona Boot Company and Chippewa Shoe Company.
Justin Boot Company footwear manufacturing plants are located in Cassville, Carthage and El Paso, Texas.
Thorco Industries announced the closure of the 95,000-square-foot Cassville plant and a plant in Butler in June. The closures eliminated 27 jobs.