News Bits — December 31, 2009

Reds to host first Ice Festival

            Check out amazing ice sculptures, enter contests to win prizes, and watch the ice sculpture experts turn giant blocks of ice into magical pieces of art! You can catch all this on the deck of Reds on the River, downtown Rockford by the dam, on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live carving demonstrations from noon until 4 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Reds on the River with support from the City of Rockford, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association and other area businesses.

Wolverine World Wide declares quarterly dividend

The Directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2010, to stockholders of record on January 4, 2010. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share.

With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates, Chaco, Cushe, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The company also is the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 180 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit their website at www.wolverineworldwide.com.

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