Local woman creates "HUGGRZ" and creates jobs in Michigan

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Debbie Miller is the creator of  " HUGGRZ ", a Michigan made product that's getting national attention.

She thought of the idea 3 years ago. She has two kids who play travel hockey so she spends a lot of time in hockey rinks.

"I needed a really warm pair of boots to be in hockey rinks and I couldn't decide on one pair," says Miller.

"I looked at all the boots and realized all the bases were the same and if I just changed the uppers I could have a new boot."

Miller used to be an interior designer and she started working with the sewing machine. The more she played with it she got the boot wrap to look like part of the boot and not a sleeve on top of it. It's an easy way to change the look of your boots without having to buy a new pair.

Now it's a growing Michigan business. There's a warehouse in Troy and manufacturing sites in Imlay City and Port Huron. The boot wraps cost anywhere from $28 to $44. They come in 19 fabrics. Miller says they easily go on short or tall boots. There are also accessories like pom poms and feathers.

In the company's first year, 2500 pairs of HUGGRZ boot wraps were sold. This year, more than 25,000 were sold. Miller says in the last couple of months, the company hired about 30 new employees.
Just last night HUGGRZ boot wraps were featured on World News Tonight's "Made in America" series.

"It's very humbling  that a project that I came up with ... created jobs ... and I hope it stays that way," says Miller.

HUGGRZ boot wraps are featured in about 100 retail stores nationwide. For more information on this product go to http://www.huggrz.com/

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