Shoetown no more? Tannery closes doors

END OF AN ERA—One hundred years of history ended Saturday when Wolverine closed the doors to the tannery and its former workers.

Marsha Pollaski and her husband Jim worked at the tannery in downtown Rockford for 22 years. “I was the first one to break down and start bawling,” she said of the January announcement that the facility would close. ” I bawled all day.” Pollaski said that since January, Wolverine has been closing down different departments […]

Letters to the Editor-April 23, 2009

Disappointed with handling of tannery closing I am just writing to let you know that I worked at the tannery for 22 years, my last day of work was Thursday. At that point, Wolverine World Wide, a company that had a 96 million dollar profit last year, has not made a severance package to any […]

Tannery to close May 15

‘We hope to accomplish this closing with the least possible disruption to our employees.’ by BETH ALTENA Wolverine World Wide notified tannery workers on Friday, March 20 of the closing of the Rockford tannery on May 15, 2009. In a letter titled WARN Notification to Union dated March 16, the letter stated that the purpose […]