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BATAVIA - Although the company has yet to acknowledge weeklong reports, the closing of P.W. Minor & Son shoe factory was confirmed this week in a state Department of Labor notice.

The oldest family-owned manufacturing plant in the area produces Treadeasy brand shoes and orthopedic footwear. It started in 1876 in Auburn and moved to Batavia eight years later. It sold shoes throughout the United States and China, and operated an on-premises store.

The closing Sept. 1 will affect 72 workers in the plant on Treadeasy Avenue in a Batavia industrial park. In its heyday it had as many as 300 employees.

Now, R.E. Chapin Manufacturing Works, which began in 1896 making tin cans and then aerosol sprayers, is the area’s oldest family-owned plant.

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