BATAVIA – The planned closing of the city’s oldest family-owned manufacturer next month may not happen following the announcement that two local businessmen want to buy the factory, its equipment and client lists.
P.W. Minor & Sons, established by the Minor family, has been making orthopedic and other specialty shoes since 1867. It is located in an Industrial Park on Treadeasy Avenue – named after its best-known health shoes for workers.
The two businessmen – Peter Zeliff of Oakfield and Andrew Young of Batavia – said they will announce details of the purchase and their plans this week. The two applied Tuesday for $100,000 in tax exemptions through the Genesee County Economic Development Center, The plant, with 72 employees, was scheduled to close Sept. 1, according to the state Labor Department.
Peter W. Minor and a brother founded the company that, at its peak early in the 20th century, occupied a four-story factory that employed more than 200 workers, mostly women.