Redwing Shoe Company
By Raheem Akingbolu
In a bid to further promote safety in the Oil and Gas industry, Redwing Shoe Company, a United States-based manufacturer of safety shoes and garments, has opened an ultra-modern depot and office complex in Lagos.
According to the company, the facility, which is operated in partnership with Future Concerns Nigeria Limited, is the first of its kind in Africa. Future Concerns Nigeria Limited specialises in providing an optimum service for the Oil and Gas industry, particularly in the safety equipment area.
Speaking at the official launching ceremony in Lagos, the Managing Director, Redwing Shoe Company, Mr. Tito Warren, said the partnership with Future Concerns which culminated in the new facility, was meant to deepen the level of services that his company has been delivering to the country’s Oil and Gas industry over the years.
“This major step is our first direct investment in Africa in our over 107 years of existence as a company. We recognise the need to play better, not only in the Nigerian market, but also in Africa. That’s why we are opening this facility. Our desire is provide customised safety equipment for workers in the Oil and Gas industry.
“Our company has a track record of innovation and satisfying the target market. Over the years, we have been providing customised equipment based on the needs of the market. We have been in Nigeria for a while through our partnership with Future concerns. By this, Future Concerns will be representing our interest in the whole of Africa.
“The company has worked with Redwing for many years and has earned our trust. Future Concerns Nigeria Limited has achieved the highest level of representation of Red Wing by offering their quality services over the years. Therefore, Future Concerns Nigeria Limited is entitled to sell all footwear, garments and accessory range of Red Wing Shoe Company and represent Red Wing brand in Nigeria,” he said.
He stressed that their motivation to invest in the country was not profit-driven but the zeal to offer quality service in the Oil and Gas sector in Africa.
While launching one of the latest safety shoes from the company at the event, Warren said the 8231 innovation has been in existence for over 107 years now, and noted that what Redwing did was to improve on the quality without changing the DNA of the product.
According to the Managing Director, Future Concerns, Mr. Tony Ogbuike, Redwing decided to partner Future Concerns in order to raise the bar in safety materials innovation in a bid to offer clients first class safety equipment.
He said: “We are glad that Redwing has agreed to partner with us in order to improve the quality of safety equipment in the Oil and Gas industry. We are looking forward to an exciting time with this world-class company and we are sure that the country and the continent will benefit greatly from this”