Krueger continued, "Rep. Huizenga and Rep. Moolenaar have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to their constituents by supporting initiatives to increase manufacturing opportunities that help grow our workforce in Michigan. We are grateful for their continued support in Washington and for making this growth opportunity a reality. We look forward to creating good paying manufacturing jobs in Big Rapids long into the future."
Built in 1964, the Wolverine Worldwide Big Rapids manufacturing plant originally produced Wolverine and Hush Puppies branded footwear. Today, this 80,000 square foot facility produces Bates brand American-made footwear for the military as well as quality Made in the U.S.A. footwear for the Wolverine, HYTEST, and Merrell brands. As a sign of continued commitment to the local community and the workforce in Big Rapids, Wolverine will be expanding the facility by 16,000 square feet. This expansion will increase the level of quality that Bates Footwear provides to our armed service men and women while expanding the Wolverine footprint in Michigan. Wolverine Worldwide is targeting completion of the expansion work in early 2017.
ABOUT WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE
With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children's and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry Top-Sider®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Chaco®, Bates®, HYTEST®, and Soft Style®. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat®, Harley-Davidson®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.
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