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Army veteran raising money for flip-flop business

Oct. 22, 2013 - 08:39AM   |  
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SALT LAKE CITY — A former Army ranger is trying to raise money to send shipping containers to Afghanistan with all the equipment needed to make a line of durable sports sandals.

Matthew Griffin is using the online crowdfunding website Indiegogo in an effort to raise $500,000 to expand production.

Griffin has used the Outdoor Retailer shows in Salt Lake City to promote his micro-manufacturing business Combat Flip Flops.

He tried commissioning an Afghanistan factory to make his sandals, but a lack of U.S. funding abruptly shut the factory down. Then he re-engineered the business to stuff everything he needed to make sandals in a 40-foot shipping container and send it anywhere.

Griffin and his partners have tested the concept in Issaquah, Wash., with a first-production run of 3,000 pairs.

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