The News Observer reports the Tubbs Snowshoe factory in Stowe, Vermont, is moving to China. Founded in Norway, Maine, in 1906, Tubbs once supplied snowshoes to the South Pole expedition of Richard Byrd and to the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Hunters and woodsmen made up the bulk of the customers for many years. Owner Ed Kiniry, who said production last year was 110,000, was named Vermont’s “Exporter of the Year” by the state’s Chamber of Commerce two years ago. The move occurred after he sold the company to K2. Incidentally, tubbssnowshoes.com still lists Stowe as its contact number.