Top shoe manufacturer Stella International has plans to set up a factory at the Freeport Area of Bataan to produce four million shoes and create 5,000 jobs.
The Philippine News Agency reported that Bataan City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III has met with Stella top executive Jack Chang for the project. Based on the company’s financials, the report could refer to Jack Chiang Jeh-Chung, chairman of the board, president and executive director of Stella.
Based in Taiwan, Stella manufactures shoes for an impressive portfolio of clients like casual footwear brands Clarks, Deckers, ECCO, Rockport, Timberland, and Wolverine, as well as fashion footwear Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Guess and Nine West.
The company also designs, develops and manufactures footwear for Celine, Donna Karan New York, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Loewe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Guess, Marciano, Alejandro Ingelmo, Paul Smith, Sigerson Morrison, Alexander Wang and Via Spiga.
Garcia said that parts of the shoes will be prepared in-house by interested residents across 25 barangays in the city and will assembled at the Freeport area, located at Mariveles Bataan.
“This is a huge blessing to our communities that even though in their houses, the residents will have source of income,” he said.
Financial details were not disclosed.