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 […]

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 […]

Thoughts on change and the tannery closing

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 […]

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

‘At This Point Nothing is Off the Table’

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.

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. City leaders invited homeowners adjacent to the properties up for […]