An Argentinian manufactrurer of sports shoes, Bicontinentar Footwear Technologies, will be re-starting an old factory in Chivilcoy, a city in the province of Buenos Aires. Its production first began in 2006 under the ownership of a Brazilian company, Paquetá, which manufactured shoes for Adidas. Argentina’s footwear production began to decline in 2015, as the country opened up its import market, and the factory was shuttered in late 2018. Bicontinentar has acquired the rights to Perchet Argentina, Paquetá’s Argentine subsidiary, and plans to begin production for major brands in April. The re-start should generate about 600 jobs by the end of 2022. For the moment, however, according to Gustavo Fernández, CEO of Bicontinentar, the project will begin with a staff of 150 to 200, drawn preferably from the local population, and build up to 300 or 400 by the end of this year.