Hope Global Braided Shoe and Boot Laces

THE STORY: Hope Global has been making shoe and boot laces for 136 years, and today it produces approximately 12 million pairs, or 108 million feet, of laces per year.

› A division of NFA Corp., Cumberland-based Hope Global has been operating in the United States since 1883 and has 227 employees working there

› These shoe and boot laces are sold only to major shoe and boot manufacturers, not consumers

› The process includes yarn twisting, winding and braiding, after which the braid is acetate tipped, fused tipped, cut to length and spooled

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› The laces use man-made fibers, including nylon, polyester and polypropylene

› It takes six people 1 hour to make one unit of the laces

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