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Red Wing Shoe Closing Kentucky Plant

As part of a restructuring, boot maker will close its Danville plant by June 2010 and shift production to a factory in Missouri, affecting 206 employees.

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The loss of blue-collar jobs across the country has led to the closing of a Danville plant that makes work boots.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Red Wing Shoe Co. announced Thursday it will close as part of a restructuring. Red Wing employs 206 people in Danville.

Red Wing spokesman Peter Engel says there will be a series of layoffs in Danville until final closure in June.

Production is shifting to a factory in Potosi, Mo.

Red Wing president David Murphy said in a news release that the restructuring is necessary because of continued unemployment in the company's core customer base of blue collar workers.

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