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Wolverine Worldwide to Expand Michigan Footwear Factory

Wolverine Worldwide plans to invest $2 million in the expansion of its footwear production facility in Big Rapids, Mich.

The company announced plans to expand the facility an additional 16,000 square feet and will add a new warehouse for receiving materials. The facility, which currently stands at 75,000 square feet, will help with the military footwear contracts Wolverine has for its Bates brand.

Michigan Live reported that Bates produces up to a million pairs of combat boots or military dress shoes annually at the current footwear plant.

Earlier this year, Wolverine was awarded a five-year, $30.5 million contract to manufacture boots for the US Marines, and it has been a vocal supporter of a bill that would make it law for all military footwear to be made in the United States.