A family owned business that has been in existence in Brown County for more than 25 years, is moving to a new town after a fire last month damaged portions of the facility.
The company has two options at this time. It can relocate to either Bloomington or Martinsville. For Bare Feet CEO Sharon Rivenbark says it would be too risky to keep her business in Brown County.
“It’s looking as though it’s going to be a permanent move, and very reluctantly we’ve had to make a decision that we’re probably not going to be in Brown County,” she says.
There are several factors for the move, including Brown County not having a proper sprinkler system, and not enough water pressure to take care of these needs. Brown County also does not have a full time fire department and Rivenbark says the company lost almost everything in the fire.
“The knitting building was completely destroyed all of our knitting machines because of smoke and water,” Rivenbark says. “We lost the majority of our inventory and lot of the other machines that are necessary in order to produce the socks.”
The company is looking at Bloomington and Martinsville because both locations are big enough to allow her business to expand and prevent employees from having a long commute.
The company wants to make a decision by the end of the month. Though workers are not full-time right now, Rivenbark says insurance is still paying them while they are off work. Rivenbark hopes the company is up and running again by January.