CONTACT: Peter Engel                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPHONE: (651) 385-1768EMAIL: peter.e...
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RELEASE: Red Wing Shoe Co. Finalizes Restructuring of Domestic Manufacturing Operations

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This is a 10-23-12 media release by Red Wing Shoe Company announcing the closure of its Danville facility effective 12-31-12.

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RELEASE: Red Wing Shoe Co. Finalizes Restructuring of Domestic Manufacturing Operations

  1. 1. CONTACT: Peter Engel FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPHONE: (651) 385-1768EMAIL: peter.engel@redwingshoes.com Red Wing Shoe Co. Finalizes Restructuring of Domestic Manufacturing OperationsRED WING, Minn. (October 23, 2012) – Red Wing Shoe Company announced today it willcomplete the manufacturing restructuring plan previously announced three years ago. Therestructuring will result in the final closing of the Danville, KY manufacturing facility. The planthad been operating at a third of its former capacity.“Three years ago, we announced a plan to restructure our domestic manufacturing operationsin response to economic conditions. We had planned to consolidate our operations at twoplants, resulting in the closure of the Danville plant in early 2010,” stated Dave Murphy,President of Red Wing Shoes. “Fortunately, demand for our footwear increased and we neededto continue to operate the Danville plant albeit at reduced levels until our other facilities wereable to add capacity and absorb the increased demand. Shoemaking is a skilled trade and ittakes time to recruit and train workers to our high standards. Keeping Danville open gave us theflexibility we needed to meet customer demand.”Red Wing will shift the remaining Danville production to its Red Wing, MN and Potosi, MOfactories. The closure will affect 68 employees at the Danville facility. As part of the re-structuring, the company added 20,000 square feet of space to the Potosi facility in 2011, alongwith hiring more than 90 new employees over the past 3 years. Employment at the Red Wing,MN manufacturing facility is up 20% since the original restructuring plan was announced. -MORE- RED WING BRANDS OF AMERICA, INC. 314 Main Street Red Wing, MN 55066 Phone: 651.388.8211 Fax: 651.385.0897
  2. 2. Red Wing Shoe Co. Finalizes Restructuring of Domestic Manufacturing Operations/Add Two“Over the past three years, our domestic manufacturing team has continued to deliversignificant improvements in productivity,” explained Murphy. “Quality has also improved andwe continue to be more responsive to our customers’ needs. In the near term, thisrestructuring will allow us to manufacture the same volume of footwear, with outstandingquality, at lower costs in our two remaining facilities. In the long term, this restructuring willallow our capacity to be scaled to meet increased future demand.”The plant will officially close December 31, 2012. The company is working with local and stateresources to assist the affected employees in their search for new employment.Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. (redwingshoes.com) is a privately held corporation based in RedWing, Minnesota, with distribution in more than 100 countries around the globe. Red WingShoe Company markets four product lines: Red Wing Shoes®, Irish Setter®, Vasque®, andWORX™ plus accessories and footwear-care products. Since 1905, Red Wing Shoe Companyhas upheld its commitment to four basic principles: quality, craftsmanship, durability andcomfort. Red Wing boots and shoes are sold at more than 4,000 dealers nationally, including440 Red Wing Shoe stores. -End- ### RED WING BRANDS OF AMERICA, INC. 314 Main Street Red Wing, MN 55066 Phone: 651.388.8211 Fax: 651.385.0897

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