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Footwear Industries stretches out

WA safety work boots manufacturer Footwear Industries has won  the top honours at the recent 2003 Telstra Small Business Awards.

The company beat 29 finalists from across the country to take centre stage as the 2003 Australian Small Business of the Year.

The manufacturer was recently awarded Telstra WA Small Business of the Year.

Established in 1995 Footwear Industries emerged as the result of research by its founding directors, who discovered that many miners and tradesmean wore shoes that they found to be extremely uncomfortable.

They have developed a niche in the form of premium quality safety footwear that comes with a comfort guarantee.

The company expects to sell 350,000 pairs of safety boots this year throughout Australia and in 10 countries around the world including the US, Trinidad, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East.

The company has established a factory in Jakarta in order to price its Krushers boot brand competitively in Asia, however, it operates a factory in Malaga where it produces Steel Blue and Howler boots.

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