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Business notebook: Shoe Co. to launch Irish Setter Work

Red Wing Shoe Co. officially launches Irish Setter Work, a new job-ready line of footwear, on Thursday.

The new product builds on the local company's 60-plus-year legacy of the Irish Setter brand outdoor footwear.

The company announced last fall it was preparing for a February launch. President Dave Murphy confirmed it was on track earlier this month after accepting Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year award.

Irish Setter Work comes in 29 styles with 6-inch and 8-inch lace-up options. The company said in a statement last week that boots have features that skilled tradesmen demand --soft toe and steel or aluminum safety toe styles; Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options; UltraDryTM waterproofing; ThinsulateTM insulation; and, CuShin Comfort Tongue padding.

"Irish Setter Work footwear meets the needs of today's Modern Craftsman," marketing manager Maurice McClurg said in the statement. "He's a tradesman who uses his head and his hands, takes pride in his work and counts on his boots as much as his other tools and equipment. He wants performance and durability, as well as style and value."

Irish Setter Work boots have a manufacturer-suggested retail price of $110 to $210. They are available at work, farm and outdoor stores, online and catalog retailers and independent shoe stores, as well as Red Wing Shoe Stores and mobile shoe trucks.

• Jonas Gonstead is the new manager of Associated Bank's Ellsworth office. He succeeded Heather Giffor, who has been promoted to the bank's office in Hudson, Wis.

"Business is the backbone of any community," he said, adding that it's also the lifeblood of the bank he now manages.

He is an Eau Claire, Wis., native.

"I've always had a strong tie to business owners," he told the Piece County Herald. One way Gonstead intends to help them and area organizations is by developing a community room at the bank.

• Cheryl Hancock is Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical's new director of institutional advancement. She will oversee the college foundation, development, alumni and marketing activities.

She has 20 years of non-profit management experience, most recently serving as executive director of the American Red Cross Scenic Bluffs Chapter. She previously worked for the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and the American Cancer Society.

• Jason Stockwell, an associate with RE/MAX Results in Edina, Minn., and 1996 graduate of Red Wing High School, was recently recognized for outstanding achievements in 2011. He was honored for finishing 2011 as a No. 1 RE/AX individual in Minnesota for total sales earned in a single year.

He was also honored for finishing first for total number of closed transactions in a single year. In addition, Stockwell was honored for achieving the Chairman's Club level status in 2011.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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