Nocona: Keeping a Town Tradition

Nocona: Keeping a Town Tradition

It's been about 14 years since the Nocona Boot Company closed up shop. The company left Nocona in devastation because it was the town's largest employer. Nocona also has a rich tradition of cowboy boot production.

When the Nocona Boot Company left in 1999 it opened the doors for another boot company to start that company was the Montague Boot Company.

Montague Boot Company's Operations Manager James Fenoglio said "Two brothers Bill and Jim Williams were confronted by the plant super intendent at Nocona about starting a boot factory here. And they got together and then the Cavenders came in and said they could produce boots for them. It started from there and grew for a few years until we got to the point were we are now."

The company now employs about 60 people, which is much higher than what they started with.

Fenoglio said we are one of the largest employers for Nocona.

They produce about 240 boots per day, which is 170 more boots than what they originally produced.

Fenoglio said "There is actually ten departments going through a hundred different steps to produce a pair of boats."

Some of the departments include pre-fit, computers stitch, and fitting. Once a boot goes through all the departments it is inspected to make sure that it meets the quality standards of the company.

Fenoglio said "I am very proud that in Nocona we still have boot production still going on. It's an art that has been here hundreds of years that is passed down from families. I am glad to see that it is still here. Without the boots Nocona. What do we really have left in this town. "

The Montague Boot Company has remained steady for the last 5 or 6 years but Fenoglio said they would definitely like to grow.