NORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass.—Vibram USA, a manufacturer of high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear, is celebrating its centennial anniversary of manufacturing in the U.S. with a celebration on Sept. 16.
The company is the creator of the Vibram FiveFingers articulated toe shoe.
“Vibram USA's ‘Centennial Event for the Future' is as much about celebrating our future as it is our past,” Mike Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Vibram USA, said in a statement. “This milestone represents Vibram's commitment to innovating and manufacturing performance-oriented products here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
The celebration will be held at Quabaug Vibram Innovation manufacturing facility in North Brookfield from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes a factory tour and hors' d'oeuvres. Guests are asked to please bring a pair of extra shoes to donate to Veterans Inc. of Worcester to help support veterans in need. Dignitaries scheduled to attend include Rep. Jim McGovern, State Sen. Anne Gobi and State Rep. Donnie Berthiaume.
With the acquisition of the Quabaug Corp. last year, the company said 2016 marks the beginning of Vibram USA's five-year, multi-million dollar campaign to invest in staff and machinery
In addition to upgrading its capabilities and machinery machines, QVI is inaugurating a two-year work force education program, expanding its domestic supply chain and strengthening its product development and innovation processes in an effort to dominate more global markets, the company said.
“Massachusetts is home to so many great manufacturing companies, and Vibram is a great example,” McGovern said in a statement.