Detroit Metro Times – Shoemaker Pingree Detroit employs vets to make the first sneakers manufactured in the Motor City

From the Detroit Metro Times

Perhaps most important, though, veterans like Ryan often felt extremely isolated, missing the previous connections that were so important in military life. 

“You go from a place of extreme camaraderie and support where everyone is looking out for you, where the person next to you — your life is in their hands — would literally give their life for you,” says Schlaff. “That’s such a powerful bond. That’s a community. That’s a tribe.” 

The solution for Schlaff was to found Pingree Detroit, a worker cooperative that specifically hires veterans to make sneakers, boots, and other apparel using recycled materials from the auto industry. 

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