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N.C. Company Puts Heart, 'Sole', Into Military Footwear

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — Workers at a North Carolina company are putting their heart and "sole" into making miltiary footwear that can withstand the sand.

McRae Footwear in Montgomery County has been making combat boots since before many of today's soldiers were born. Today, they are working double time to keep up with military orders.

"We've asked everybody to be prepared to work 10 hours a day, six days a week," said Victor Karam, president of McRae Footware.

Prior to the events of Sept.11, workers were cutting, stitching and molding about 10,000 pairs a month. The military then asked them to increase production to 25,000. The came the current war and a call from the government procurement department.

"We told them that our surge capability was as much as 32,000 pairs a month. They asked if we could go up to 50,000 pairs a month," Karam said.

The company also makes a number of well-known Western style boots, but they kicked that process to the side for now to concentrate on military orders.


Dan Wilkinson, Reporter
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