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A protracted labor dispute that slowed the shipment of products through ports on the West Coast has forced some West Michigan manufacturers to rethink their just-in-time production model.

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Global footwear and apparel marketer Wolverine World Wide Inc. said today that the strong U.S. dollar continued to pose a headwind last quarter.

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Federal employment numbers released today show that businesses added fewer jobs than expected last month, providing further evidence to what some say is a widening gulf between the labor supply and employer needs.

Published in Economic Development

The strength of the U.S. dollar in the global currency market has proven to be a double-edged sword for many West Michigan manufacturers that do business internationally.

Published in Manufacturing

Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) plans to invest in brand-building initiatives throughout this year in a move that’s expected to drive results for the Rockford-based footwear and apparel company in 2016 and beyond.

Published in In the News

Michigan continues to rank 13th in the U.S. for its overall business tax burden, holding to a position that improved significantly in the last few years after legislators enacted sweeping changes to the state’s tax code.

Published in Finance

According to the U.S Census, 6.4 percent of all retail sales are made online, but for many small businesses, selling products and services over the Internet can be daunting.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 26 October 2014 22:00

Wolverine open to M&A as it pays down debt

Two years after completing the largest acquisition in the history of Wolverine World Wide Inc., the Rockford-based footwear and apparel marketer says it is again ready to begin looking at potential deals.

Published in Manufacturing

An 11-percent dip in sales for the Sperry Top-Sider brand and a “tepid” U.S. retail market contributed to a down quarter for Rockford-based footwear and apparel marketer Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Published in In the News

Wolverine World Wide Inc. plans to close some 140 retail locations as part of a strategic realignment plan aimed at reacting to shifts in consumer shopping behavior, the company announced today.

Published in In the News
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