NORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass.—Vibram USA, a manufacturer of high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear, celebrated its centennial anniversary of manufacturing in the U.S 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 was held at the Quabaug Vibram Innovation manufacturing facility in North Brookfield. It included a factory tour and hors' d'oeuvres. Dignitaries who attended included Rep. Jim McGovern, State Sen. Anne Gobi and State Rep. Donnie Berthiaume.
With the acquisition of 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.