“Brockton, Massachusetts, was known throughout the world as the epicenter for shoe making and a plethora of businesses working all facets of the leather trade clustered there. The U.S. government ordered more than half of the boots for Union soldier during the Civil War from Brockton manufacturers. As years passed, though, the heyday of the trade waned and the industry gradually moved business overseas.

Twin Leather in Brockton, Mass., was founded by Richmond and Raymond Castano, twins, in 1949. The company then made leather soles. The company has since diversified, shed unprofitable lines, retained the core knowledge and an ever-growing network of contacts.

Today, the company does specialty contract cutting, manufactures washers and gaskets, novelty items and sole making.”

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