Rhode Island Textile, Co., manufacturers of Shoe Gear & High Country brands, reports a 200% increase in sales for FY 2006.

“A large piece of our growth came as we were able to take advantage of the changing footwear market by introducing new lace designs, styles and patterns to match current trends in the athletic market within our existing account base. We were out in front of our competitors all year. As a manufacturer, we bring to the market things that distributors just can not. While it appear that many mall lace assortments have remained static or have shrunk the past couple years, we added many new styles and price points to fit the needs of our retail partners. Shoe and Boot laces continue to be a very important and profitable part of our growth.”, states F Chris Nelson, General Manager. “BTS numbers are still out, but, from we shipped, it was huge”.