- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) - Two western New York businessmen have bought a nearly 150-year-old shoe manufacturer that was slated for closure later this summer.

Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff announced Thursday that they have purchased P.W. Minor and Sons for $2.8 million.

The owners of the shoe factory located in the Batavia Industrial Park had announced in June that they planned to close by Sept. 1, putting 72 people out of work. The company was started by the two Minor brothers in 1867, two years after they returned home from the Civil War.

P.W. Minor specializes in leather and orthopedic footwear.

Young is a real estate entrepreneur from Batavia, while Zeliff is a recently retired developer from nearby Oakfield.

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