Manufacturing and Sustainability

Wolverine Worldwide spending $3M to deal with dump sites

November 9, 2017
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Wolverine Worldwide expects to spend about $3 million this year dealing with chemicals at its former dump sites in the area.

The update from the Rockford-based footwear and apparel maker came in a conference call with analysts yesterday after the company reported its third-quarter earnings.

For instance, Wolverine Worldwide has committed to testing wells, providing bottled water to residents and offering home filtration systems in some cases.

Company President and CEO Blake Krueger said the contamination affects "our families, our friends and our neighbors, and we've been as proactive as possible and conservative and transparent."

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing Wolverine Worldwide’s investigation into groundwater contamination by perfluorinated chemicals from a former Rockford tannery that was demolished in 2010. The chemicals were in a substance the company used to waterproof shoes.

Wolverine Worldwide also said yesterday it has lunched a blog to "keep the community informed on local water testing and related issues." 

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