Hippolyte Schotte was born on 25 april 1885, he was the 10th child from Joseph Schotte and Amelie De Caestecker, the founder of Tannery Schotte in Aalst. After his fathers death in 1924, Hippolyte was then 39 years old and took over the company with his brother Achille. They changed the name in P.V.B.A Schotte Fréres and expanded the company.
Schotte was also a co-partner of Arsène goedertier plantexel in 1928. On November 14, 1934 Plan Texel is eventually declared bankrupt by the Commercial Court in Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo.
About the details of the bankruptcy itself, little is known, the file was destroyed by a fire at the court in Brussels by the exodus of the German army on September 3, 1944.
Fun fact : Arsene is the suspected perpetrator of the theft of the Just Judges, one of the panels of the famous painting Ghent Altarpiece. On his deathbed he declared that he was the only one who knew the hiding place but was not able to disclose the hiding place. More and more, however, one has to doubt whether he was the real perpetrator of the theft. In 2002, there was still a futile search for the panel in the Church of Wetteren.
The company had a chrome tanning. Hides of cattle were processed into upper leather for shoes and handbags.
Schotte flourished after Expo ’58. The economy was in full march, and in that period there was also mutual respect between bosses and workers.
Hippolyte’s successor, his son Paul, became the boss. When he died in a miserable accident, the relatives Vanderhaeghen and De Proost took over the company. From then it quickly goes downhill. The company went bankrupt in 1997.
All the buildings got demolished and the ground was polluted and needed to be decontaminated. The site will be reconverted into a huge multi sportcomplex.