P W Minor Ceases All Operations
Written by Dan Fischer on October 5, 2018
P W Minor appears to be gone for good.
In a surprise move the 150 year old company announced it had ceased all operations effective at 10 a.m. today. The remaining 40 employees have all been let go.
P W Minor had just announced a week ago it was re-structuring by idling one of its manufacturing lines and laying off 45 workers.
At the time, P W Minor said it would retain about 40 employees to keep its orthopedic and diabetic footwear lines in operation. But in an about face today, the company says it is shutting down everything.
Local businessman Peter Zeliff bought the company four years ago.
Earlier this year, Zeliff sold the company to Tidewater and Associates and carried paper on the purchase.
Zeliff said he foreclosed on the loan this week. He told our news partner The Batavian there is some hope that investors may be found for the orthopedic line, but Zeliff says he has no plans on getting back into the shoe making business.
P W Minor CEO Hundley Elliotte issued a statement at 2:52 p.m. this afternoon:
P.W. Minor LLC, a Batavia, NY footwear manufacturer, has ceased operations as of today and laid off all employees.
All assets of P.W. Minor LLC, have been transferred to our senior creditor Batavia Shoes LLC, per an agreement signed today.
“Our focus through this entire process has been on our employee’s well-being. We want to thank them for their dedication, loyalty and hard work.” said P.W. Minor CEO Hundley Elliotte. “We would also like to thank the NYS Dept. of Labor, the Genesee County Workforce Development Board and the local business community for their responsiveness and offers to help get our affected employees back to work as soon as possible..”
P.W. Minor, founded in 1867 and located in Batavia, New York, is the second oldest footwear manufacturer in the United States and the maker of orthopedic and diabetic athletic, dress and casual shoes