A shoe mold company has been left out of a federal funding program that could have helped the struggling company succeed.
The Obama administration’s $5.5 billion Community Development Block Grant program has long focused on building businesses that create jobs and create economic opportunities.
But it has long lacked money for footwear manufacturing.
And now, some shoe makers are concerned the lack of money could cause the company’s future to fall apart.
Shoes molding and molding products at an auto repair shop in Houston.
(Amy Sancetta/Associated Press)Mold molding companies rely on a mix of chemicals, such as sulfur dioxide and ammonia, to create shoes.
The chemicals are expensive and they take a long time to produce.
“If you want to manufacture shoes, you have to get these chemicals,” said Dave Davenport, president of the nonprofit American Society of Mold Mold Mould Manufacturers.
“And that’s not going to happen.”
The program was originally designed to help communities in low-income communities, but it’s also helped other shoe companies in the United States.
For example, a shoe mold manufacturer in Kansas City, Missouri, is part of the $2.2 billion Community Benefits Improvement Program.
The program was created in 2009 to help businesses in communities of color and the elderly.
In 2016, the program’s goal was to produce 4,000 new jobs.
That was enough to cover the cost of the molding equipment needed to make shoes, but not enough to help a shoe company that was struggling to make enough shoes to meet demand.
The shoe maker said it had to lay off 60 percent of its workforce, cut jobs by a third and shut down for six months in order to meet the deadline.
Davenport said he was hopeful the funding program would provide more support for the company.
“I’m hopeful that this grant will help the company,” he said.
“But we’re not at a point where we’re ready to go on this journey yet.”
Mold Mould Manufacturing in Houston, Texas, is one of a few remaining molding businesses in the state.
Its workers work in two separate facilities, one in the city and one in an industrial park in Houston’s downtown.
The company has lost a majority of its workers to the mold industry.
A few years ago, the company said it would make a big investment to expand and expand its manufacturing capacity, including hiring new workers.
But its plans have been scrapped after some workers left and others quit.
It has been working on making shoes for about 20 years, and it has been able to grow since then, said Mark Jaffe, a company spokesman.
The mold-making process is now so efficient that the company has a factory that is capable of making 1,500 pairs of shoes a week.
Jaffe said the company is trying to expand its business.
“We’ve been in the mold-molding business for 20 years and it’s become a big part of our business,” he told The Associated Press.
“We are growing the business, and that is something that’s really important to us.”
The company also has plans to start manufacturing a product called an oil-based lubricant.
It will be a liquid and it will be available at pharmacies and pharmacies will sell it, Jaffe said.
Jaffe said he hopes to make another shoe in the coming years, but he would have to go through a lot of red tape and bureaucracy in order for that to happen.
“It’s a little bit like a startup,” he added.