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Wolverine pulls the plug on new Rockford Footwear Depot

Wolverine pulls the plug on new Rockford Footwear Depot

Wolverine World Wide is pulling the plug on a multimillion dollar development plan in Rockford.  The plan called for a new retail center on the old tannery site near the Rogue River. 

In just two weeks Wolverine was supposed to demolish the current shoe store and start building a large retail center closer to downtown.  It was going to be a huge financial boost for Rockford, until the plans were pulled.

Rockford City Manager Michael Young says the company pulled out of $8 million project because of the economy, and because the current store is profitable.

The new 15,000 square foot building would have been in the downtown development district, allowing Rockford to reinvest the revenue to upgrade roads and sidewalks.  The city manager says hearing th

Rockford 7th Annual Community Expo

Rockford 7th Annual Community Expo


From: http://www.rockfordmichamber.com

Retail businesses, restaurants, real estate firms, banks, insurance agencies, churches, non-profit organizations, various emergency departments – all and more are being invited to the 7th Annual Community EXPO, March 19 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

There will be exciting activities throughout the day on a stage featuring Rockford public and private school students, strolling mascots, cash prize giveaways, and Educational Workshops.

Single booth spaces are 10’ x 10’ and are available for a modest fee of $125 for Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and $200 for future Chamber members. Outside vehicle space is also available to Chamber members for $125 and future members for $200. Space is assigned on first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to Chamber members with paid 2011 dues.

2010 Business of Distinction Awards

2010 Business of Distinction Awards

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will present its Business of Distinction Awards at its annual membership meeting on Jan. 28th, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolverine World Wide’s conference center. The awards cover several “Business of Distinction” catagories: Dining/Entertainment, Manufacturing, Retail, Service, Quality of Life, New Business, as well as an overall Business of the Year. The nominee list includes:

  • Business of the Year:  Fluis, Inc.; Great Northern Trading Co.; Herman's Boy, Inc. United Bank of Michigan.
  • Dining/Entertainment:  Rogue River Tavern; The Corner Bar; The Dam Dogs; Timbers Inn & Restaurant.
  • Manufacturing:  Alloy Exchange, Inc.; ITW Dahti Seating; Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
  • Retail:  A Charmed Life...Nail Salon; Double Take Resale, LLC; WAR Chest Boutique.

Rockford Chamber of Commerce preparing for annual membership meeting

Rockford Chamber of Commerce preparing for annual membership meeting

From the Rockford Chamber of Commerce:

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will be proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary during the Annual Meeting of the Membership on Friday, January 28 from 5:30-10 p.m.

The event will take place at the Geoffrey B. Bloom Auditorium, housed in the corporate headquarters of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 9341 Courtland Drive.

The Chamber's Annual Meeting of the Membership features exceptional food, music, entertainment, laughter and merit award presentations for the membership.

Keynote speaker Tom Rademacher will be giving a presentation and the Year in Review will be presented by Jeff Lewis, highlighting what happened in a very busy 2010.

Rockford Bakery Takes First In Cupcake Competition

Rockford Bakery Takes First In Cupcake Competition

Nothing spreads holiday cheer like yummy home baked goods and nothing is more cheerful than winning an award for having some of the best baked goods around.

So, it's no wonder that the folks at Grand Cakes in Rockford, are feeling especially cheerful this holiday season. They took first place at the Felt Mansion in Saugatuck's Cupcake for a Cause competition.  15 Bakeries in West Michigan submitted a cupcake creation and 4 were chosen to compete.

Among the final four was Grand Cakes in Rockford. The four finalists brought out their best cupcakes and displays to the Felt Mansion to have a taste, display and theme competition.

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series

From: http://rockfordmichamber.com

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled for Monday, October 4 at the Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Rd., from noon-1:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Linda Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Grand Valley State University.

Chamberlain will share her knowledge and expertise in his selected field during her presentation, “Working Together to Catalyze Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” Dr. Chamberlain received both her BS and Doctorate degrees in chemistry with honors from Purdue University. Dr. Chamberlain joined Shell Development Company in 1987 as a Futures Research Chemist and later moved into management of scientific and technical teams.

Demolition begins Wednesday at Wolverine World Wide Tannery

(Danielle Arndt, the Rockford Independent) - Prepare for heavy equipment and revving engines Wednesday at the former site of the Wolverine World Wide tannery.

Phase I of demolition will begin on the south end of the property with the old warehouse, powerhouse and office building. This phase is expected to be complete by the end of September.

The Wolverine site was declared functionally obsolete according to brownfield standards set by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). Properties also may qualify as brownfields if they are contaminated or blighted.

Rockford City Manager Michael Young said there is no known contamination at the site.