Footwear brand Sebago is to move its production offshore following its acquisition by Wolverine World Wide in November last year.

Sebago's shoes, which are manufactured at a plant in Westbrook, Maine, will soon be produced in the Dominican Republic.

The Maine plant, to be shut down in April, had employed about 360 workers two years ago but the number had dwindled to 75 when the announcement was made.

The move comes two months after footwear maker GH Bass eliminated 300 jobs through the closure of its Maine headquarters.

"There's a lot of sadness about it," former Sebago owner Dan Wellehan said.

Wolverine World Wide also owns the Hush Puppy and Merrell brands.