Wolverine Worldwide thanked members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation for their support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017.
The two funding bills include provisions requiring the Department of Defense to provide American-made athletic footwear to military recruits. Both the House and Senate have now passed their respective versions of the NDAA, which authorizes defense-related programs for the coming fiscal year.
The House and Senate versions of the NDAA include language that directs the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to comply with the Berry Amendment and provide 100 percent American-made athletic footwear to service members upon their entry into the armed forces.
Members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation, notably Representative Bill Huizenga, Senator Gary Peters, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative John Moolenaar, strongly supported this NDAA provision.
“I thank the members of our Congressional delegation for their unwavering commitment to the footwear needs of our armed services,” said Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide chairmain, CEO and president. “Supporting this critical provision demonstrates a clear understanding of the importance of manufacturing in our home state of Michigan and ensures that soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will be provided with world-class, American-made athletic shoes for use in basic training.”
In support of its longstanding partnership with the United States Department of Defense, Wolverine Worldwide has a manufacturing plant located in Big Rapids, Mich., which employs more than 600 people.