September 2014

New owners keep P.W. Minor in business

By Emily Delzell

Batavia Shoes owners Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff announced in August that they have purchased Batavia, NY-based P.W. Minor & Son, a 147-year-old shoe company that had been in danger of going out of business.

The $2.85 million purchase by Batavia Shoes will save at least 50 jobs and create about 17 more. The new owners received about $450,000 in tax credits from New York State in return for their job creation commitments.

The new owners said they will begin rebuilding the company’s brand by offering consistently available products, listening to and acting on customer feedback, and updating and adding to its product line.

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