Conneaut Leather acquires Cortina Leathers

Conneaut Leather, a US manufacturer of upholstery leather since 1903 in Conneaut, Ohio, acquired the sister companies Cortina Leathers and DMS Leathers.

According to Jack Prause, president of Conneaut Leather, bringing together these two companies offers customers a “best of both worlds” leather solution. With the acquisition, Conneaut Leather is now able to offer a broad array of in-stock, high-end Italian leathers as well.

Conneaut Leather started producing hides in 1903, and brings its manufacturing capabilities to the merger, including large in-stock lines, custom leathers, strikeoffs and special finishes including Crypton and cut-to-pattern.


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Established in 1986 as a high-end collection for contract use, Cortina Leathers is led by Elayne and Meryl Siegman. Both Elayne and Meryl will remain with the company, leading the A&D and Aviation businesses for the combined company.

Design Marketing Sales has been supplying Italian upholstery leather to the OEM, private label and bookbinding and accessories market since 1976. Owned and run by the mother-and-daughter team of Elayne and Meryl Siegman, it is the sister company to Cortina Leathers.