By Jonas Reyes
Subic Bay Freeport – Datian Subic Shoes, Inc.’s US$10 million manufacturing facility is currently being constructed at the Subic Bay Gateway Park (SBGP).
The 42,800 square meter shoe plant will produce branded shoes for export at Phase 2 of the SBGP and will generate 400 job openings during its initial stage.
According to Datian Subic President Vincent Chen, the company is expected to hire 2,500 employees within three to five years of full operation.
Chen added that like its parent company, D&T Shoes, the Subic company will be producing shoes under global brands such as Keds, Converse, Sperry, and Vans for the American market, as well as Hugo Boss and Dr. Martens for the European market.
Chen said that Datian Subic Shoes “is actually patterned after its parent company with plenty of lines for stitching, and has its own rubber compounding, outsoles molding, insoles and arches sponging, rubber gluing and foxing operations.
These local operations will ensure an average production of at least 350,000 pairs of shoes per month, Chen also noted.
The company official added that considering the necessary adjustments on the project components, development schedule, and arrival of equipment and construction materials, the company is looking at commencing operations on or before the second quarter of 2017.