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Dec 4, 2014 5:04 PM

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic boot

The Associated Press

LEWISTON, Maine - L.L. Bean will soon be making its iconic boots around the clock to try to meet demand this holiday season.

The Maine-based company says some styles are on back order until February. The company is in the process of hiring 100 workers and purchasing new equipment to double its capacity for making the boots' traditional rubber soles.

Sales have grown from fewer than 100,000 a decade ago to about 450,000 this year.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said Thursday there were 60,000 back orders for boots, and that could grow to 100,000 by month's end. The company's stitching operation in Brunswick, Maine will go 24-7 this weekend in hopes of catching up.

She said the company was happy with the surging demand but sorry to disappoint customers.


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