The Florida Group, owner of the Van Dal brand of footwear, has announced plans to invest a further £500,000 ($723,778), over the next two years in automated machinery and staff retraining. This follows an investment of £200,000 ($289,545) last year. The money will mainly be spent on vital operations such as lasting, roughing and cementing for sole attachment. Staff will be retrained to provide them with the new skills necessary to work computerised machinery.