150 Years


Since 1865, we’ve been all about leather.

Eagle Ottawa is among the world’s oldest and most respected automotive leather suppliers. Headquartered for 150 years in the heart of America's Midwest, the birthplace of the automobile, Eagle Ottawa has been the trusted leather supplier for many of the world's most prestigious driving machines.

1865
186516 January 1865
The Eagle Tanning Company is founded in Chicago. Six years later, it acquires a tannery in Whitehall, Michigan and names it Eagle Tanning Works. The company produced leather items for the horse and buggy trade. Edit This
1900
190016 January 1900
chi1 Eagle Tanning Company acquires Grand Haven Leather Company, renaming it Eagle Tanning Works of Grand Haven. Edit This
1910
191016 September 1910
Eagle Tanning Works of Grand Haven is renamed Ottawa Leather Company and begins supplying upholstery leather for Pullman railroad cars and Detroit’s emerging automobile industry. Edit This
1913
191316 September 1913
The Ottawa Leather Company sells 87,000 hides to Ford Motor Company, maker of the best-selling Model T. Edit This
1916
191616 September 1916
Eagle Tanning Works and the Ottawa Leather Company merge to become the Eagle Ottawa Leather Company, the world’s largest producer of upholstery leather. Edit This
1926
192616 September 1926
The Chrysler Imperial 80 is introduced and features exceptional leather upholstery. Eagle Ottawa is one of the car’s suppliers. Edit This
1928
192816 September 1928
President Calvin Coolidge’s new limousine, a Cadillac Series 341 Town Car, features leather upholstery provided by Eagle Ottawa. Edit This
1934
193416 September 1934
For the 1934-1935 Fleetwood convertible models, Cadillac offers high-grade Eagle Ottawa leathers in black, tan, green, and gray. Edit This
1949
194916 September 1949
General Motors introduces the prototype of the Fleetwood Coupe de Ville, displayed at the Waldorf-Astoria Motorama. It features one-of-a-kind “gunmetal leather” upholstery produced by Eagle Ottawa. Edit This
1961
196116 September 1961
Eagle Ottawa is acquired by Albert Trostel & Sons (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Edit This
1988
198813 October 1988
Thanks to growing business with domestic and foreign automakers, Eagle Ottawa opens a state-of-the-art tanning facility in Waterloo, Iowa. Edit This
1989
198916 September 1989
Eagle Ottawa acquires Pierpoint & Bryant located in Warrington, England. Edit This
1991
199116 September 1991
Eagle Ottawa moves away from solvent finishes and leads the industry in the development of water-based finishing, resulting in a 99% reduction in air emissions. Edit This
1992
199216 September 1992
test Operations begin in Warrington, England and Mexico S.A. de C.V. Since 1992, Eagle Ottawa’s presence in Mexico has expanded to include manufacturing facilities in Jarudo, Juarez, and León. Edit This
1992-216 September 1992
Eagle Ottawa opens its first European location, a sales office in Coventry, UK. Edit This
1992-316 September 1992
The redesigned Cadillac Seville STS—upholstered in Nuance leather with the “Cadillac aroma” created by Eagle Ottawa—is Motor Trend’s 1992 Car of the Year. Edit This
1993
199316 September 1993
Eagle Ottawa acquires the Callow and Maddox (U.K.) cutting and interior trim facility; Eagle Ottawa becomes ISO-9002 System Certified. Edit This
1996
199617 September 1996
The company becomes the first automotive leather manufacturer to mass-produce vegetable-tanned, chrome-free leather. Edit This
1998
199817 September 1998
Eagle Ottawa’s Odyssey leather—produced with engraved print rollers and an elaborate five-step finishing sequence—features a unique pattern designed to mimic the subtle variations in color toning of Renaissance palaces. Edit This
1998-217 September 1998
A new design office is established in California. Edit This
1999
199917 September 1999
Eagle Ottawa receives Toyota’s Supplier Achievement for Quality and Performance Award, the highest honor given by Toyota to suppliers. Edit This
2000
200017 September 2000
Eagle Ottawa and Curtiembres Fonseca S.A. launch a joint venture in Buenos Aires, Argentina to manufacture and cut high-quality automotive upholstery leather. Edit This
2001
200117 September 2001
Eagle Ottawa becomes the first leather manufacturer to use roll-coat finishing, which improves overall coating utilization and reduces manufacturing waste. Edit This
2002
2002 – iowa18 January 2002
Operations in Waterloo, Iowa are expanded. Edit This
200230 January 2002
Eagle Ottawa opens a leather-cutting plant in Szolnok, Hungary. Edit This
2003
2003-217 September 2003
The Cadillac Sixteen concept car is unveiled, upholstered with Eagle Ottawa chrome-free Tuscany leather.
200317 September 2003
Eagle Ottawa’s facility in Juarez, Mexico, a 129,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is opened at Bermudez Park.
2004
200417 September 2004
Eagle Ottawa wins GM’s Supplier of the Year Award, the first time a leather company has received the award.
2004-217 September 2004
Thanks to Eagle Ottawa’s innovative Foam Finish Technology, the company receives the prestigious Toyota Value award.
2005
200517 September 2005
A new finishing and cutting operation opens in Shanghai, China.
2006
2006-217 September 2006
Eagle Ottawa opens its first sales office in Seoul, South Korea.
2006-317 September 2006
High Durability Finish system technology is launched.
2006-417 September 2006
Eagle Ottawa becomes the first manufacturer to meet JAMA’s (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association) standards for reducing levels of VOC compounds in passenger car interiors.
200617 September 2006
The new world headquarters opens in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA; After nearly 140 years in operation, Eagle Ottawa closes its Grand Haven, Michigan tannery.
2007
200717 September 2007
Eagle Ottawa Brazil is established in Cascavel, Ceara.
2008
200817 September 2008
Strategic partnerships are established in Leon, Mexico to improve capacity, quality, product development, and service.
2011
201117 September 2011
Eagle Ottawa introduces its Ansolé™ Performance Finishing Solution, a soil-resistant product.
2011-217 September 2011
chi1 Eagle Ottawa opens a new finishing and cutting facility in Rayong, Thailand as well as a cutting & sewing plant in Shenyang, China.
2012
201217 September 2012
Allergy Free Certification from Ford is given.
2013
201317 September 2013
Eagle Ottawa launches the Opus leather collection, its most luxurious offering in production today.
2013-217 September 2013
Eagle Ottawa opens its third manufacturing facility in Mexico, a leather-cutting facility located in León, Guanajuato.
2014
201417 September 2014
Eagle Ottawa opens a second manufacturing facility in Shanghai – its third in China – to capitalize on the country’s unprecedented demand for luxury automotive leather.
2014-217 September 2014
The official company name is expanded to “Eagle Ottawa Premium Leather” and a new company logo is introduced.
2015
201512 January 2015
150th anniversary of Eagle Ottawa.
201512 January 2015
Acquired by Lear Corporation on January 5, 2015.

1865
186516 January 1865
The Eagle Tanning Company is founded in Chicago. Six years later, it acquires a tannery in Whitehall, Michigan and names it Eagle Tanning Works. The company produced leather items for the horse and buggy trade.
1900
190016 January 1900
chi1 Eagle Tanning Company acquires Grand Haven Leather Company, renaming it Eagle Tanning Works of Grand Haven.
1910
191016 September 1910
Eagle Tanning Works of Grand Haven is renamed Ottawa Leather Company and begins supplying upholstery leather for Pullman railroad cars and Detroit’s emerging automobile industry.
1913
191316 September 1913
The Ottawa Leather Company sells 87,000 hides to Ford Motor Company, maker of the best-selling Model T.
1916
191616 September 1916
Eagle Tanning Works and the Ottawa Leather Company merge to become the Eagle Ottawa Leather Company, the world’s largest producer of upholstery leather.
1926
192616 September 1926
The Chrysler Imperial 80 is introduced and features exceptional leather upholstery. Eagle Ottawa is one of the car’s suppliers.
1928
192816 September 1928
President Calvin Coolidge’s new limousine, a Cadillac Series 341 Town Car, features leather upholstery provided by Eagle Ottawa.
1934
193416 September 1934
For the 1934-1935 Fleetwood convertible models, Cadillac offers high-grade Eagle Ottawa leathers in black, tan, green, and gray.
1949
194916 September 1949
General Motors introduces the prototype of the Fleetwood Coupe de Ville, displayed at the Waldorf-Astoria Motorama. It features one-of-a-kind “gunmetal leather” upholstery produced by Eagle Ottawa.
1961
196116 September 1961
Eagle Ottawa is acquired by Albert Trostel & Sons (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
1988
198813 October 1988
Thanks to growing business with domestic and foreign automakers, Eagle Ottawa opens a state-of-the-art tanning facility in Waterloo, Iowa.
1989
198916 September 1989
Eagle Ottawa acquires Pierpoint & Bryant located in Warrington, England.
1991
199116 September 1991
Eagle Ottawa moves away from solvent finishes and leads the industry in the development of water-based finishing, resulting in a 99% reduction in air emissions.
1992
199216 September 1992
test Operations begin in Warrington, England and Mexico S.A. de C.V. Since 1992, Eagle Ottawa’s presence in Mexico has expanded to include manufacturing facilities in Jarudo, Juarez, and León.
1992-216 September 1992
Eagle Ottawa opens its first European location, a sales office in Coventry, UK.
1992-316 September 1992
The redesigned Cadillac Seville STS—upholstered in Nuance leather with the “Cadillac aroma” created by Eagle Ottawa—is Motor Trend’s 1992 Car of the Year.
1993
199316 September 1993
Eagle Ottawa acquires the Callow and Maddox (U.K.) cutting and interior trim facility; Eagle Ottawa becomes ISO-9002 System Certified.
1996
199617 September 1996
The company becomes the first automotive leather manufacturer to mass-produce vegetable-tanned, chrome-free leather.
1998
199817 September 1998
Eagle Ottawa’s Odyssey leather—produced with engraved print rollers and an elaborate five-step finishing sequence—features a unique pattern designed to mimic the subtle variations in color toning of Renaissance palaces.
1998-217 September 1998
A new design office is established in California.
1999
199917 September 1999
Eagle Ottawa receives Toyota’s Supplier Achievement for Quality and Performance Award, the highest honor given by Toyota to suppliers.
2000
200017 September 2000
Eagle Ottawa and Curtiembres Fonseca S.A. launch a joint venture in Buenos Aires, Argentina to manufacture and cut high-quality automotive upholstery leather.
2001
200117 September 2001
Eagle Ottawa becomes the first leather manufacturer to use roll-coat finishing, which improves overall coating utilization and reduces manufacturing waste.
2002
2002 – iowa18 January 2002
Operations in Waterloo, Iowa are expanded.
200230 January 2002
Eagle Ottawa opens a leather-cutting plant in Szolnok, Hungary.
2003
2003-217 September 2003
The Cadillac Sixteen concept car is unveiled, upholstered with Eagle Ottawa chrome-free Tuscany leather.
200317 September 2003
Eagle Ottawa’s facility in Juarez, Mexico, a 129,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is opened at Bermudez Park.
2004
200417 September 2004
Eagle Ottawa wins GM’s Supplier of the Year Award, the first time a leather company has received the award.
2004-217 September 2004
Thanks to Eagle Ottawa’s innovative Foam Finish Technology, the company receives the prestigious Toyota Value award.
2005
200517 September 2005
A new finishing and cutting operation opens in Shanghai, China.
2006
2006-217 September 2006
Eagle Ottawa opens its first sales office in Seoul, South Korea.
2006-317 September 2006
High Durability Finish system technology is launched.
2006-417 September 2006
Eagle Ottawa becomes the first manufacturer to meet JAMA’s (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association) standards for reducing levels of VOC compounds in passenger car interiors.
200617 September 2006
The new world headquarters opens in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA; After nearly 140 years in operation, Eagle Ottawa closes its Grand Haven, Michigan tannery.
2007
200717 September 2007
Eagle Ottawa Brazil is established in Cascavel, Ceara.
2008
200817 September 2008
Strategic partnerships are established in Leon, Mexico to improve capacity, quality, product development, and service.
2011
201117 September 2011
Eagle Ottawa introduces its Ansolé™ Performance Finishing Solution, a soil-resistant product.
2011-217 September 2011
chi1 Eagle Ottawa opens a new finishing and cutting facility in Rayong, Thailand as well as a cutting & sewing plant in Shenyang, China.
2012
201217 September 2012
Allergy Free Certification from Ford is given.
2013
201317 September 2013
Eagle Ottawa launches the Opus leather collection, its most luxurious offering in production today.
2013-217 September 2013
Eagle Ottawa opens its third manufacturing facility in Mexico, a leather-cutting facility located in León, Guanajuato.
2014
201417 September 2014
Eagle Ottawa opens a second manufacturing facility in Shanghai – its third in China – to capitalize on the country’s unprecedented demand for luxury automotive leather.
2014-217 September 2014
The official company name is expanded to “Eagle Ottawa Premium Leather” and a new company logo is introduced.
2015
201512 January 2015
150th anniversary of Eagle Ottawa.
201512 January 2015
Acquired by Lear Corporation on January 5, 2015.