Every morning a truck from Minnesota rolls down Hustonville Road to the Red Wing Shoe factory. It carries sheets of leather, still shaped like cows, and other raw materials. At the end of most days, it will be loaded back up with 2,600 pairs of boots and shoes.
Red Wing Shoes was founded 99 years ago, and has a decade's history in Danville.
From leather sheet to sole, skilled employees here construct 100 different styles of shoes. The company prides itself on making durable, hard-working boots that protect the feet of construction workers, industrial workers, firefighters and business professionals.
"We are the Cadillac of the work-boot industry," said Terry Martin, cutting and fitting manager.
First a sharp metal die is used to cut the different parts of the boots' leather upper. The work looks much like a baker using cookie cutters on rolled-out dough. The die is placed on top of the leather and then a heavy press comes down on it forcing the die through the hide.