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Brown Shoe building is sold

Friday, March 24, 2006

CHARLESTON -- An Illinois farming company will use a building of the former Brown Shoe Company for their horseradish operation.

The sale of the newest of the Brown Shoe Company buildings to Keller Farms of Collinsville, Ill., was finalized at 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to City Manager Dave Brewer.

Brewer said the Illinois farm company was already growing some of its horseradish around here and is expanding its farming here as well. "From what I understand, they are going to go from 200 acres up to 900 acres just next year," he said.

Some of the initial processing will be done here before shipping the horseradish to Collinsville.

"We're just thrilled to death to have them in Charleston and tickled to death to have the jobs," Brewer said. "My understanding is it's about 19 jobs initially."

The property was owned by the non-profit Charleston Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The corporation formerly leased it to the Gates Rubber Company for six years, Brewer said.