The Moser Leather Company of New Albany is on 232 Silver Street, the city of New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.
In 1878, George Moser purchased Lockwoods Brothers Tannery and enlarged and improved the business by making it his own. By 1892, the leather business was called George Moser & Company and employed 35 men. George Moser did all this at the first tannery on East Eight Street but a fire destroyed this building in 1914.
The tannery on Silver Street began in 1905 and was originally called the Indiana Leather Company. When George Moser died in 1914, the company was renamed George Moser Leather Company. When 1936 rolled about, the George Moser Leather Company sprawled over 8 acres and employed 100 workers. By whole selling leather bought in massive shipments and tanning them for use into shoes, belts and saddles, the company thrived. Moser Leather purchased the Caldwell Leather Company in 1985 and became the Caldwell/Moser Leather Company.
Moser Leather used the old fashioned method of tanning leather, being a four week treatment in a mixture of tree bark from South America and water. This method costs more but the results are a more supple and longer lasting product. The technique also does not harm the environment with its leftover by-product. The company continued using this process until its closure in 2002. By the end of it all, Moser Leather had been used for Harley Davidson bags, Klien tools, horse saddles and bridles and so much more. After the closure of Moser Leather, James Cox purchased the trademark and remaining equipment and continues to operate under the brand of Moser Leather in Ohio.
As of 2014, the Moser Leather Company and surrounding buildings are for sale for $595,000. Described as a commercial property that the new owner must be willing to participate in the plans of changing the buildings into apartments, shops, restaurants and work spaces.
Where is the abandoned Moser Leather Company located? You can find it with these coordinates. 38.292766,-85.796154.
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