This is the view of the tanyard with the pits drained, so you can see down into them. Quite a picture! This was an
amazing place. There was no reason for this tannery to shut down. It was the right size, had the right knowledge in the
work place, etc. The problem was the controlling interests decided to cash in at a low time in American History - right
after the 9-11; which had affected everyone's sales. It was not the owner's decision, but the banks, who were scared.
The property was sold to Al Goodman, who was the site environmentalist and had set up the effluent systems there. He
new it was a clean site. It has recently been sold to the city of New Albany, Indiana, who hopefully will preserve the site
for a future use. This web site is to commemorate all the people that worked at Moser, and we intend to keep the dream
alive and continue to sell fine leather to a deserving client base. We just recently teamed up with a very large tannery
in Mexico. They are processing over 3500 hides per day. We are their agents and distributors here in the States, and
can make most any leather that you would like. We quote on larger quantities over what is on the price list printed on
this site. We can take sample swatches you have and make most any leather you need. Scroll below for the next step!!
Next step - the leather was brought out of the pits, and then it was ran through a wringer to get the water out. It was ran
through a set out machine to take the wrinkles out. It was then put on racks with hooks, to basically stretch the leather,
while it was being taken up to the tacking boards on the upper floors for drying. Sometimes it would be finished into
various leathers, prior to doing this. This was done by being colored first in drums, and then up to the second floor to
dry. Once it was semi dry, it would be plated to smooth it out some, and to give it a nice finished look as denoted below.
It then would be run through a buffer to clean up the back side of the leather, or if the saddle maker wanted to buff the
back side to make rough out leather. Sometimes it would be sent to the paint dept to be spray dyed to make a bridle
type leather, and then it might go to the stuffing mills to be drum stuffed with various greases and tallows for finishing it.
into the bridle or harness leathers or it could have went up to the third floor and been hot stuffed into dipped harness.
Below: - Lace Leather that has been ran through a lace machine and is ready to bundle.
The Old Moser Leather Company Shipping Room - Hundreds of Hides! Hit Back Button on your Browser to Return to
the Browser, or Double Click here for Tannery History and More Pics!
Measure Machine, and Strap Lace Cutting Machines are depicted below. All Leather is
measured, prior to going to the shipping room. Most of it is either sold by the foot, the lb,
or by the side. All leather yields are recorded for record keeping of average footages,
and production reports.