Teamwork and Fair Trade is Good Business
In the early nineties owner Bob Laughlin was helping with a special education school in Costa Rica’s San Isidro Valley. In 1994 the opportunity arose to take over production from the Portland Rose Glove Company, who were selling the equipment from their factory here in Carlton, Oregon.
The San Isidro Valley where the school was located had long had a flourishing sewing industry, which was slowing due to changes in global labor patterns. Bob put two and two together and saw that he could give the Portland Rose factory a new life providing employment in Costa Rica. By 1995 it was up and running, and our first gloves were being made by the highly skilled workers of San Isidro.
Today the factory employs some 22 people, all of whom have become like our extended family. Tenure at the factory is long, with very little turn-over. The company is a choice employer in the area, with fair wages, weekly incentives, and an employee credit union.
The company even celebrates together, with a yearly trip to the beach, Mother’s and Father’s Day parties and a Christmas celebration where everyone receives useful gifts that help their families, like washing machines and other appliances. And of course the company supports the local soccer team, the Guerreros del Sur!
The Willamette Valley Team