Brown County sock maker moving to Martinsville

October 21, 2011

A sock manufacturer that had its factory destroyed in a fire last month will be moving to a former auto parts plant in a nearby central Indiana city.

Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard announced Thursday that Bare Feet Originals would lease the factory that has been empty since Harman-Becker Automotive shut it down in 2008. The Reporter-Times of Morgan County reported that a Sept. 10 fire at the company's rural Brown County plant destroyed 100 knitting machines.

Company CEO Sharon Rivenbark said it sought a site with water service for a sprinkler system and better roads for delivery trucks.

Bare Feet Originals started with one loom more than 20 years ago. It had 150 workers at its Helmsburg plant, making socks and wrist bands with novelty designs and sports and school logos.

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