Batavia shoe manufacturer to remain open under new owner

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The new owner of a Batavia manufacturing company has decided to stay put, saving 50 jobs and adding 17 more.

PW Minor is the oldest company in Genesee County and one of the few remaining shoe manufacturers in the United States. It was founded by two brothers in 1876, shortly after they returned from fighting in the Civil War.

The plant, which makes leather footwear and orthopedic products, had been scheduled to close on July 31. But with help from Empire State Development, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Thursday that the plant will stay open and add 17 new positions.

Batavia Shoes, LLC is buying the plant and its assets for $2.85 million. Empire State Development is providing up to $449,505 in performance-based Excelsior Job Program tax credits in return for the new owners’ job creation commitments.

Andrew Young, one of the owners of Batavia Shoes, said in a statement, “We would not have been able to make this transaction without the assistance from Empire State Development. It’s just another example of the public and private sectors coming together to not only keep a home grown company where it belongs, but also to create new jobs and economic development for the city and region.”

Peter Zeliff, who co-owns Batavia Shoes with Young, added, “Andrew and I are very committed to our community and this was an opportunity where we could team up and use our entrepreneurial skills to continue the operations of a manufacturing facility with extremely deep and historical roots in Batavia and Genesee County.”

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