Four Decades of Quality Craftsmanship
Sara Schrekenhofer, advertising manager for Leather Brothers, Inc., discusses how the company has honed its approach to making durable and stylish leashes and collars over the past 40-plus years.
Pet Business: Leather Brothers is celebrating more than 40 years in business. To what do you attribute the company’s longevity?
Sara Schrekenhofer: Louis and Steve Schrekenhofer established Leather Brothers, Inc., in 1976 to manufacture quality pet products. With leather craftsmanship running in the family blood, the third-generation leather workers began making dog collars, and over the years they have transformed this unique item into a thriving business.
Top-notch customer service, quality products at a great price and dedicated and loyal associates have all contributed to the longevity of our company. Also, our company has evolved with the times. We were producing items for the hunting trade when we started. In 1982, we decided to focus on dog products, due to the growing demand for this category. That continues to be a primary focus of the business.
Today, Leather Brothers offers a variety of products in a wide array of styles, colors and materials under the brand name OmniPet by Leather Brothers to an ever-growing network of dealers and distributors.
PB: What sets you apart from other leash and collar manufacturers?
Schrekenhofer: Although there have been trending fabrics with embroidery and ornamentation over the years, leather is still what Leather Brothers is known for, and we continue to get requests for one of our finest collars from 1982.
Our company is family owned and operated, still being run by the original “Leather Brothers.” Their manufacturing expertise guarantees customer satisfaction and gives customers the peace of mind that they are getting a product from experienced and trustworthy people.
PB: Leather Brothers has proudly conveyed that its products have been made in the USA throughout its history. Why is this important to the company, its retailers and pet owners?
Schrekenhofer: Leather Brothers is one of the few remaining “cut and sew” pet product factories in the United States. We still produce a large portion of our products in central Arkansas, and we are very proud of that. The opportunity to help with the resurgence of American-made products within the pet industry has been a blessing. When you buy your products from a USA manufacturer like Leather Brothers, you get top-notch quality and durability that you can count on. Our products are made from highly skilled and trained leather crafters.
“Made in the USA” can stand for many things, but at this time in our economy, it means more jobs in the USA and quality products. Pet owners want to contribute locally, and we have amazing customers that continue to grow with us and help us provide to our local community.
PB: What does the future hold for Leather Brothers?
Schrekenhofer: In the years to come, Leather Brothers’ will be implementing many things to grow the company, diversify our product offering and help us give back to the pet industry as a whole, including our local and regional shelters, etc.
As a family business, our plans for this company run deep. We plan to make some significant leaps and bounds in the right direction when it comes to American-made pet products and satisfied customers. By working hand in hand with our employees, we will continue to produce noticeable craftsmanship in our products. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2016 and look forward to our 50th in 2026. If you do not know our company or have not done business with us before, give us a call and become part of the family.