1944-1950

1944-1950社頭第一家!—「勝利織襪廠」
1944 - 1950“Sheng Li (勝利)HOSIERY CO., LTD.” - THE HOSIERY PIONEER AT SHETOU

織襪工業發展的起始點,據說是二次大戰後由大陸上海回至新竹的鄭學,為躲避美軍空襲,帶著早期手搖式織襪機疏散至社頭鄉,並在清水岩路一帶落戶營業,設立了第一家織襪廠「勝利織襪廠」,員工多達百人,在光復初年算是規模非常大的工廠。加上因手搖式織襪機生產速度慢,產量供不應求,鄭氏父子擴大經營與推廣製襪技術,也帶動鄉民投入製襪的行列,幾年間,將原本以農業為主的社頭鄉,改變為以織襪為大宗、農業為副的產業型態,全盛時期,全鄉8000戶中,幾乎1500戶從事織襪相關產業,為社頭帶來不少財富。
The hosiery industry and the weaving and knitting industry rose up almost at the same the time. Along with the moving to Taiwan of the KMT administration, came the weaving and knitting businessmen. Some of them were hosiery manufacturers who introduced the hosiery machines and techniques into Taiwan and started their business on the island. Among them were Mr. C. T. Cheng(鄭真達) in Kaohsiung 【Chen Ta(真達)Hosiery Co., Ltd.,】Mr. C. H Wang.(王震寰) in Tainan, Mr. P. H. Hsiao(蕭柏煌)in Chunghua 【Ta Tong (大同)Co., Ltd.,】and Mr. T. H. Yang(楊燦輝) in Taoyuan 【Chin Tsung (錦宗)Knitting Co., Ltd.】and others.
However, it is said that it was Mr. Xue Cheng (鄭學) who initiated Taiwan’s first hosiery factory, Sheng Li (勝利)Hosiery Co., Ltd., on Cingshueiyan Road. After World War II, to ran away from the air raid, Mr. Zheng came back to Hsinchu from Shanghai with the oldest model of the manual hosiery machines. With almost 100 employees, his company was quite big at the time. However, their supply was unable to meet the market demand due to the underproduction of the manual hosiery machines. While Mr. Zheng and his son were expanding their business, they developed techniques of making hosiery and invited their town people to join the field. After a few years, Shetou Township became the major source of hosiery supplies, most people there no longer live on farming. At the golden age, 1,500 out of 8,000 families in the town involved in the hosiery related business, which brought them quite a fortune.