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Red Wing Shoe Co. plans to close Kentucky plant at end of year

RED WING, Minn. — Red Wing Shoe Co. announced Tuesday that it will officially close its Danville, Ky., plant at the end of the year.

“It’s more efficient to run two plants than three plants,” Shoe spokesman Peter Engel said Tuesday. The Shoe also operates plants in Potosi, Mo., and Red Wing.

This is the second time the Shoe has announced that the Kentucky plant will close. In November 2009, the company said it would close to deal with a downturned economy.

But just five months later, the economy had improved and the Shoe opted to keep the plant open, though with about 70 employees instead of 200.

“It’s just time to complete the closure,” Engel said Tuesday

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