ONE80 SOLAR PRESENTS

The COMMERCIAL TANNER

 
 
 
My number one philoshophy is if you love what you’re doing, you’re going to be good at it, if you’re good at it, you’re going to love what you’re doing.
— Mike Wheeler
 
 

Mike WHEELER

Tucked away in an old industrial part of San Antonio is a fourth-generation commercial lambskin tannery, one of the last of its kind in the U.S. What does it take to stay in business for generations, especially in an industry that continues to be outsourced overseas? It takes constant improvement, innovation, an obsession for quality, and the ability and willingness to pivot and change to stay relevant. 

 
 

It was a natural fit for Mike to adopt solar power, because he can’t stand waste. “You can’t compete if you’re wasteful”, and Mike has taken that to heart in every part of their operation. A tour through the tannery reveals one innovation after another in their specialized machinery and processes. He travels the world meeting with engineers to help him design new machines that will save water, energy, and labor all while improving the quality of his product. It’s this attention to detail and drive to improve that has resulted in a product that continues to gain the attention and trust of such esteemed clients as Rolls Royce, L.L. Bean, and Ugg boots.

Experiencing Mike’s passion and drive to be the best forces us to look at ourselves and ask, are we doing everything we can to improve and deliver the best product? For this reason, we wanted Mike’s story to be part of the Power Your Passion™ series.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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