Thoughts on change and the tannery closing

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, I understand Char Allen’s lament in the Squire, “Why do away with the tannery?” But it reminded me that before 1926, many immigrant husbands and fathers were employed in the orchestra pits of silent movie theaters-a great way for them to compensate for language limitations while blending into a foreign culture. They came to America with the [...]

Tannery to close May 15

March 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

“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 13, 2009. In a letter titled WARN Notification to Union dated March 16, the letter stated that the purpose of the letter was pursuant to the [...]

‘At This Point Nothing is Off the Table’

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Residents ask tough questions about WWW properties Rockford City Manager Michael Young spoke to residents on Thursday, March 12 at City Hall about the future of the tannery property. Residents asked about saving jobs, seeking new, clean industry, and other possibilities for the Wolverine properties. Rockford City Manager Michael Young spoke to residents on Thursday, March [...]

Why Do Away With the Tannery?

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, They call it restructuring. It’s more like company greed. The tannery is making money, just not enough. How much is enough? Why does everyone have to leave the U.S.A. and outsource production to Asia? Sad, isn’t it. The meeting at the city council chambers on March 12 had some good ideas. Save the tannery, get industrial jobs in there. Not more [...]

Take up City’s Offer to Hear Opinion on N. Main Development

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor: Wolverine World Wide has announced the proposed closing of its tannery. Would you like to hear others’ ideas? Would you like to express your ideas? Are you interested in the future of Rockford and the potential redevelopment of the North Main Corridor from Courtland to the Shoe Depot? Our City government wants to hear our input and get our ideas for [...]
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