Capps Shoe Company receives grant from Virginia tobacco commission July 03 2014

Lynchburg-based Capps Shoe Company has received a $120,000 matching grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization and Martinsville-based Genedge Alliance for the design and production of military style boots.

Capps’ main office and warehouse is in Lynchburg, but design and production of the new boots will take place at its Gretna factory.

Joan Moore, regional director for the economic development group Genedge, said the group is working with Capps on an innovative new design process. The number of jobs created from the project in Gretna and Lynchburg, she said, will depend on the buyers the company secures.

According to a news release from Genedge Alliance, Capps will use the grant to design and produce two boots for the Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

In the release, Tom Capps, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said he was “very pleased” the grant will support the development of new technology, “enabling the possibility of additional jobs not only for Capps Shoe Company, but for Pittsylvania County as well.”