Zwiers Appointed President, Outdoor Group at Wolverine World Wide

James D. Zwiers

Wolverine World Wide, Inc. has announced the appointment of James D. Zwiers to the position of president, outdoor group. The company’s outdoor group consists of the Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear brands. Since joining the company in 1998, Zwiers has had broad experience in brand and business strategy, and retail, domestic and international wholesale, licensing, […]

Why Do Away With the Tannery?

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 […]

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

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 […]

Tannery Closure/Rate Implications Addressed

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by MICHAEL YOUNG, Rockford City Manager Since Wolverine World Wide’s (WWW) recent announcement that it is closing its downtown tannery facility, the City of Rockford has been working to identify all of the issues related to this decision and its ultimate impact on our residents and ratepayers. As you can imagine, the issues are numerous […]

Think Outside the Box

Dear Editor, Many thanks to Mike McIntosh for his words of wisdom in the Rockford Squire regarding changes near the downtown area of Rockford with the closing of the tannery and possible rezoning of a portion of north Main Street. The Rockford Planning Commission certainly has many tough decisions to make as it shapes the […]