The alligator industry provides more than $50 million in revenue to rural Louisiana communities. The sale of alligator eggs, alligator skin, and the hunting of wild alligators on private lands provides income to landowners in the marsh, which has no value to the landowner besides alligator production. In turn, land owners and local inhabitants are motivated to protect the wetlands. Alligators are handled by more than 20 people in their journey from marsh to market. Trappers, farmers, veterinarians, biologists, tanners such as Pan American Leathers, designers, and manufacturers play a part in the development of products made from alligator hides.
Pan American Leathers provides employment to members of rural communities throughout upstate New York, Colombia, as well as various regions of East Asia and Africa.