Dunlop Protective Footwear – Maryland Manufacturing Success Story

Dunlop Protective Footwear – Maryland Manufacturing Success Story


So we’re a 76 year old company, but we’re in a time where we’re brand new. My name is Mary Steinbrenner, the General Manager of Dunlop Protective Footwear USA. We started out in 1939 is the Bata Shoe Company, and it evolved over time into Dunlop Protective Footwear. Within the last few years, we added a lot of new technology. We started making polyurethane protective footwear. We are the only high-pressure polyurethane injection molder in the United States. We make the lightest weight, most protective product. We protect workers who supply energy, workers who make our food… And we supply all the products that keep them safe so that they continue to make our lives better. So each boot is formulated specifically in our facility here to give the best protection From all the environments– for everything from slip protection, to abrasion protection, to even chemical resistance. Historically, the business was really focused on just maintaining the set level of business. And today, we’re in growth mode. We received $100,000 grant from the state so that we can invest in new technology and training our employees so really stay ahead of the curve. Because we’re adding new technology, and because we’re looking at new markets, new products, and new polymers, we’re able to touch a much broader customer base. Being in Maryland, we have great access to the ports, we have great access to the interstate. So, all the trucking business and transportation business that we do makes it pretty easy for us to get transportation companies in and out, to get product from the port. We’re now shipping product back to Europe–A U.S.-made product that traditionally we only received, we’re now sending product back. There’s so much Made-in-Maryland and Made-in-USA pride in this building, and we’re just beginning to really capitalize on that.

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