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Caldwell Lace Leather Purchases Indiana Company


 The Caldwell Lace Leather Co., Inc. of Auburn has announced the purchase of the August Barth Leather Co. of New Albany, Indiana. The transfer was completed Wednesday, June 14. The purchase price was not announced.

New Albany’s oldest industry still in operation, the August Barth Leather Co. was founded by August Barth in 1863. He operated this tannery until his death in 1902, when it was incorporated and carried on by his four sons. After the last son died in 1950, the business was run by a son-in-law of the Barths until his death in 1967.

During its long history, the company was never closed, nor did it cease operation at any time except during the 1913 and 1937 floods, and for a period of one week following a disastrous sky-lighter fire in 1952.

August Barth Leather Co. occupies 140,000 square feet of floor space in solid brick three story buildings. The tannery specializes in Russet Strap Leather for golf bags, luggage, wallets, waist belts, camera cases and all products requiring firm strap leather.

This is an entirely different type leather than that produced in the Auburn tannery.

Caldwell Lace Leather Co. has enjoyed continuous growth at Auburn with a complete line of leather and leather products. This acquisition will give them great diversification in tanning leather for their customers in the United States and abroad.

The new officers of August Barth Leather Co. are: W. C. Howlett, chairman of the board; J. Richard Howlett, president of the board; Larry C. Howlett, executive vice president; and Leah Blankenship, secretary-treasurer.

Larry C. Howlett will be located in New Albany to manage this company. The business will be carried on under the same name and policy as in the past.




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