Wolverine Worldwide Inc. said it is well on its way to making athletic shoes at its factory in Michigan that will comply with the Berry Amendment so it can take advantage of a change in Department of Defense procurement policy that requires new recruits to use their footwear stipend to purchase U.S.-made athletic footwear.
The policy correction will also help strengthen and support the domestic industrial base and the thousands of manufacturing jobs that provide the necessary equipment for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Forces, with no additional cost to the taxpayer, the company argued. Finally, it strengthens the ability of industry to provide the full spectrum of footwear needs of the Armed Services, from combat boots to athletic shoes.
Wolverine World Wide's portfolio of brands includes: Merrell, Sperry Top-Sider, Hush Puppies, Saucony, Wolverine, Keds, Stride Rite, Sebago, Cushe, Chaco, Bates, HYTEST, and Soft Style. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia.