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Footwear manufacturer to close

BATAVIA – The city’s oldest family-owned business will close its doors July 31 after 138 years of producing orthopedic shoes and other specialized footwear, according to some employees.

P. W. Minor & Son was moved to Batavia in 1896 by Peter and A. V. Minor of Auburn. The company pioneered products such as Treadeasy women’s shoes and in the 1960s was the first to partner with DuPont to use Corfam polyurethane fiber.

The company operated for 57 years in a four-story factory on the edge of the downtown business district. It moved in the 1960s when the site was acquired for urban renewal. The company’s location in an industrial park in the southwest corner of the city is named Treadeasy Avenue.

The plant has about 80 employees, including a fourth-generation Minor. Company officials reportedly told employees of the closing on Friday, but then were unavailable to comment.

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