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Take a look inside the plant where football leather is made with NFL player Israel Idonije

February 11, 2022

Inside the Horween Leather Company
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Did you know the leather for every single NFL football, including the ones that will be used in this year’s Super Bowl, is crafted in Chicago, IL by members of UFCW Local 1546, who work at the Horween Leather Company? The hard-working men and women of the Horween Leather Company have been supplying the leather for every Super Bowl football since the very first in 1967.

Former NFL player Israel Idonije visited the historic tannery in Chicago to learn more about how the UFCW works together with management to ensure both high quality leather and good, sustainable jobs.

“You talk about a brotherhood, a sisterhood, a union—a family—and the commitment of people working together to support one another. It’s really special,” said Idonije.

“Just because you don’t agree on everything doesn’t mean you can’t work together,” says Skip Horween, president of Horween. “We do recognize that we are in this together.”