American Tanning and Leather LLC can trace its roots to the north Georgia mountain town of Blairsville where in 1923 the late A.J. (Jake) Plott began buying various raw hides, furs, and skins from local trappers and hunters. He served as a collection agent for New York and St Louis receiving houses.
At the conclusion of World War II, his son, the late Q.C. (Quince) Plott, joined him and continued this tradition expanding the collecting areas and including raw alligator skins to the company’s line. Chris grew up working in the company and after his military service joined his father and grandfather in 1969. In 1976 the business was moved to Griffin to take advantage of a large warehouse facility that once served as the tannery. There they toiled many long hours and the company prospered.
By 1980, it became increasingly evident that the fur skin business was changing. Efforts by animal rights activist groups had successfully dampened the demand for traditional fur apparel. At the same time, however, there was a growing trend toward other upscale skins, particularly reptile skins. In addition, successful alligator conservation and farming programs in both Florida and Louisiana resulted in an increased supply of raw skins. It was then in 1980, that Chris organized AMERICAN TANNING & LEATHER and began the challenging task of tanning and finishing American alligator skins.
In 2002, American Tanning and Leather LLC, again, took a huge leap into the new millennium by investing over 2 million dollars into the renovation of a 65,000 square foot tannery. The business also expanded to its fourth generation as Chris and Connie Plott's children, joined the company. Damon manages the wet-end production and raw skin purchasing. Chandler oversees all dyeing and finishing operations, and Christy serves as the company's global sales and marketing liaison.
Over the last twenty-seven years, tremendous time, money, and effort have been invested in perfecting the difficult process of tanning reptile skins. The proprietary processes used currently are the result of many years of experience and the input of tanning experts from all over the world. In recent years, ATL has leveraged its experience with alligator tanning to process python, caiman, lizard, and ostrich skins, as well. Today, ATL enjoys a worldwide reputation for producing a top quality product.