Pictured: Jacobo D. Kattan, founder (left) and Gabriel Kattan, 2nd generation (right)
A great milestone in Honduras began in 1914 with the arrival of Jacobo David Kattan. His entrepreneurial vision allowed him to recognize the commercial potential of the country’s Northern region. This is how La Sampedrana was founded around the year 1920. The company was dedicated to manufacturing uniforms and textiles for the employees of the banana companies, an industry which was also rapidly developing in Honduras.
After some time, and thanks to the entrepreneurial genius of Jacobo D. Kattan, La Sampedrana evolved into Jacobo D. Kattan Industrial S.A. As it progressed and grew, it started introducing giants of the time such as Royal and Presidente Paz into its portfolio of brands.
Jacobo D. Kattan's vision quickly expanded throughout Central America when he obtained a contract to manufacture and distribute the Van Heusen brand in Honduras in 1965, giving rise to the Van Heusen de Centroamérica S. de R.L.
By 1978, Jacobo D. Kattan reached an alliance with the Cluett Peabody company to manufacture Arrow brand shirts and export them to the American market. Due to this success, the group's first joint investment, Manufactureras Industriales S.A. (MISA), was created in Honduras in 1985.
In 1988, Inmobiliaria Hondureña del Valle S.A. began its construction as the first Trade Free Zone in the country. It was set to open in 1991 with seven buildings and countless milestones for the country, such as the first company of Chinese and Honduran associations called Dragón Maya S.A.
At the turn of the century, the group decided to change its manufacturing sales strategy, acquiring full control of Protexsa in 2002. Throughout the following years, Kattan Group decided to invest in other sectors such as: telecommunications (Apolo S.A. DE C.V., 2003), plastics manufacturing (Plastinova 2008), motorcycle and spare parts distribution (Motoauto, 2012), clean energy generation (Inversa, Hidromos, Beco, 2014) and hydromechanics (IIA Tech, 2014).
Jacobo D. Kattan arrived in Honduras and quickly recognized the need for the industrial production of uniforms.
The “Camisería Sampedrana” is founded in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The “Camisería Sampedrana” introduced two new brands, Royal and Presidente Paz, and it changed its name to Jacobo D. Kattan and Company. Because of the company’s rapid expansion, Gabriel Kattan and his brothers unify the business to one corporate line. Jacobo D. Kattan and Company was changed to Jacobo D. Kattan Industrial.
Jacobo D. Kattan's vision quickly expanded throughout Central America when he obtained a contract to manufacture and distribute the Van Heusen brand in Honduras, giving rise to Van Heusen de Centroamérica S. de R.L.
Julieta Kattan Salem, together with a group of altruistic women, founded “Fundación Amigos de Guarderías Infantíles y Salas Cunas”, aimed at building and operating centers for feeding, education and childcare in Honduras.
Gabriel Kattan reached an alliance with the Clue5 Peabody company to manufacture Arrow brand shirts and export them to the American market.
Gabriel Kattan’s sons join the family business, bringing new innovaEve ideas to the workforce.
Due to the success obtained by exporEng shirts to the United States, the group started its first joint venture with Cluett Peabody and named the company Manufactureras Industriales S.A. (MISA).
Inmobiliaria Hondureña del Valle S.A. began its construction as the first Trade Free Zone in the country. The company Productos Textiles S.A. de C.V. is created with Philipps Van Heusen.
Inmobiliaria Hondureña del Valle S.A. opened with seven buildings.
The sewing plant Dragon Maya S.A. de C.V., was born due to the partnership between Kattan Group and Foshan Textiles Import & Export Co. It was the first collaboration between a Chinese and a Honduran Company.
Kattan Group decided to change its manufacturing sales strategy, acquiring full control of Protexsa.
Apollo S.A. de C.V. (PRONTO) is founded.
Kattan Group bought Oxford Industries in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and named it Monzini.
Kattan Group and other Honduran shareholders invest in Plastinova Industrial.
Promotora de Desarrollos Inmobiliario (PDI) starts operations.
Motoauto initiated the distribution of motorcycles and parts.
Kattan Group decided to invest in the energy generation industry (Hidromos, Beco, Inversa) and metal transformation industry (IIA Tech).
PDI inaugurated Torres del Valle and Plaza Comercial el Centro in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
PDI inaugurated Plaza Juan Pablo II in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
INHDELVA SPS (The Arena) initiated construction in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.