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.
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.
191316 September 1913
The Ottawa Leather Company sells 87,000 hides to Ford Motor Company, maker of the best-selling Model T.
192616 September 1926
The Chrysler Imperial 80 is introduced and features exceptional leather upholstery. Eagle Ottawa is one of the car’s suppliers.
192816 September 1928
President Calvin Coolidge’s new limousine, a Cadillac Series 341 Town Car, features leather upholstery provided by Eagle Ottawa.
193416 September 1934
For the 1934-1935 Fleetwood convertible models, Cadillac offers high-grade Eagle Ottawa leathers in black, tan, green, and gray.
196116 September 1961
Eagle Ottawa is acquired by Albert Trostel & Sons (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
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.
198916 September 1989
Eagle Ottawa acquires Pierpoint & Bryant located in Warrington, England.
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.
199316 September 1993
Eagle Ottawa acquires the Callow and Maddox (U.K.) cutting and interior trim facility; Eagle Ottawa becomes ISO-9002 System Certified.
199617 September 1996
The company becomes the first automotive leather manufacturer to mass-produce vegetable-tanned, chrome-free leather.
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.
199917 September 1999
Eagle Ottawa receives Toyota’s Supplier Achievement for Quality and Performance Award, the highest honor given by Toyota to suppliers.
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.
2002 – iowa18 January 2002
Operations in Waterloo, Iowa are expanded.
2003-217 September 2003
The Cadillac Sixteen concept car is unveiled, upholstered with Eagle Ottawa chrome-free Tuscany leather.
200417 September 2004
Eagle Ottawa wins GM’s Supplier of the Year Award, the first time a leather company has received the award.
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.
200717 September 2007
Eagle Ottawa Brazil is established in Cascavel, Ceara.
201117 September 2011
Eagle Ottawa introduces its Ansolé™ Performance Finishing Solution, a soil-resistant product.
201217 September 2012
Allergy Free Certification from Ford is given.
2013-217 September 2013
Eagle Ottawa opens its third manufacturing facility in Mexico, a leather-cutting facility located in León, Guanajuato.
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.
201512 January 2015
150th anniversary of Eagle Ottawa.