A South Australian boot maker will close the doors on its Kilburn factory after 110 years of manufacturing in Adelaide.

Rossi Boots closed with immediate effect on Wednesday after the owner of its manufacturing facilities Adaptive Industries was placed into liquidation.

Adaptive Industries CEO Myron Mann told The Advertiser that COVID-19 was to blame for the company’s downfall.

“We ran out of money and I think the shareholders just couldn’t keep trying to throw money into it … We tried to hang on as long as we could,” Mr Mann told The Advertiser.

The brand’s SA heritage dates back to 1910, with the Rossiter family starting a factory in Unley and trading from its Hilton headquarters for four decades.

The news comes in a tumultuous year for South Australian brands and manufacturing and follows October’s announcement that mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest would buy heritage SA boot brand RM Williams.

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