Footwear plans to open soon
The closing of World Class Footwear
Repair Service, Inc. brings the opening of Allegiance Footwear, Inc.,
which tentatively plans to begin operation around March 1. The business,
which is owned by Michael Hensley and Hugh Wallace, will be located in the
Johnson County Cold Springs Industrial Building at 368 Cold Springs Road
(across from Danny Herman Trucking).
According to Hensley and Wallace, they
have been planning this expansion for the past six months with the help of
County Mayor Dick Grayson, the County Commissioners, John Hartley and Tom
Anderson of the ETSU Economic Development Center.
Filling positions for full and part
time stitchers with fitting room experience is the first phase of the
hiring process, in which they plan to hire 13- 20 employees.
They also need experienced sewing
machine operators to run single needle, double needle, binding, TCF
folding, seam-stay and webbing machines, stitch marking and stamping
machines. When all hiring phases are complete, Allegiance Footwear will
have 60-70 employees.
Allegiance Footwear, Inc. will be a
fully functioning footwear manufacturing company with cutting through
packing capabilities. They have been sub-contracted by Wellco Enterprises,
Inc. of Waynesville, NC to produce military contracted footwear. These
initial military contracts consist of an extreme cold weather Muk-Luk for
the Air Force, and a hot weather book for the Marine Corps. Allegiance
Footwear, Inc. has also been contracted, under the Converse Brand, to
produce Postal Certified footwear for the St. Louis based Warson Group,
While military and postal contracts
will be at the core of the business, they will continue to produce uppers
for the Pennsylvania based Flexible Footwear Company. Owned by Jerry
Gumbert of Sigel, Penn., Flexible Footwear has been a customer for five
Hensley and Wallace also credit Warden
Howard Carlton, Officer Shannon Shepherd and the NECC Short Line #2 work
crew that worked diligently to help prepare the building. They say others
that helped get the venture off the ground are Doug Hammons, Chris
Castleberry and his staff at Wellco Enterprises, Inc., and Don Franklin,
Fred Madorin and the Warson Group.
“We thank our families and employees
David Wilson, Margaret Spivey and the numerous other part-time employees
that helped make World Class Footwear Repair Service, Inc. a tremendous
success,” they said. “It is because of the dedication and loyalty of
employees like them that Allegiance Footwear, Inc. will undoubtedly
Allegiance Footwear is accepting
applications for employment through the Tennessee Department of Employment
Security: Career Center located at 358 Hospital Road, Mountain City
(727-9181). The TDES will provide position details and information during
the application and screening process.