Wolverine Worldwide in Big Rapids
ROCKFORD, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal) -- Wolverine Worldwide, which does not manufacture any athletic shoes in the United States at this time, has come out in support of proposed federal legislation that would require the Department of Defense to buy only American-made athletic shoes.
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee has proposed legislation directing the Department of Defense to comply with existing law by procuring American-made athletic shoes for military personnel. Wolverine said the Senate Armed Services Committee has passed similar legislation that, if signed into law, will have an immediate positive impact on domestic manufacturers of footwear and the U.S. supply chain for American-made shoes.
Two senators from Maine, the only state that includes manufacturing of athletic shoes, introduced Senate Bill 1051. It would require the military to either buy U.S.-made athletic shoes directly, or restrict vouchers issued to military personnel to only be used for U.S.-made athletic shoes.
According to Navy Times, about $15 million is spent each year on military vouchers for athletic shoes.
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