A big Brazilian manufacturer, Usaflex, is planning to open two new shoe factories employing 2,000 people in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Founded in 1998 and specializing in comfort and fashion shoes, the company already employs 2,800 people at seven other facilities in the state which have a daily capacity for around 24,000 pairs. The company is mainly active in the domestic market. It recently started a store franchising program.