In 1883, Wolverine founder G.A. Krause set out to build a company based on his dream of making fine footwear with long-lasting comfort and quality craftsmanship, revolutionizing the industry with attention to detail and new materials.
In 1903, George “Stormy” Kromer built a warm and functional cap to withstand the harsh weather as he worked as a brakeman for the railway, which soon become an iconic style of the time.
Now, two Peninsulas unite to bring you a collaboration from two Michigan companies that embodies the legendary vision of their founders. Hand Craftsmanship. Quality Materials. Classic Style. For the builders and dreamers of today, Wolverine and Stormy Kromer introduce the Peninsula Collaboration.
And today, you can enter to win your own pair of Peninsula Boots and a Peninsula Cap! Featuring iconic red/black plaid wool and genuine full-grain leather from the renowned Horween Leather Company, the American craftsmanship can be seen in every stitch.
Enter below by following Wolverine and Stormy Kromer on social media. We’ll choose 5 lucky winners who will each receive a pair of boots and a cap. Enter by midnight central time, November 13, 2015.
Don’t want to wait for the giveaway? Purchase The Peninsula Cap here. Look for The Peninsula Boots to be available for purchase in November at www.wolverine.com. We’ll let you know when they are available!
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I was made in Canada, but I know what it means to be made in the U.S.A.
-Samantha Steur, Product Development Coordinator
We’ve got a certain knack for American craftsmanship, and when we say “made like you,” we’re talking about honesty and passion. We’re genuine, and the gear we make is genuine, too. I’m proud our products live up to their reputation, and I truly feel lucky to work here.
When someone asks what I do, I say I take “baby” products—ideas, sketches, products in the earliest stages—and hold their hands until they’re grown up enough to go to market. I make sure every item is what it should be. And when you see something you’ve drawn in your sketchbook on a real live person, it’s quite a thrill.
So what gear do I wear? Well, I’ll say this: when the new products for Fall 2016 come out, I won’t be wearing anything but Kromer!
We’ve been married for 17 years, so we already know what it’s like to work together.
-Steve & Mary Jo Welch
Steve had been at Stormy Kromer for about eight years—working on manufacturing software and helping out in the Computer Aided Design department—when he heard of a position opening up in embroidery. He immediately thought of his wife.
And just like when he proposed, Mary Jo said yes, right off the bat.
“He’s so happy at the Kromer factory, I thought it would be a good place for me, too,” she said. “I got the embroidery job and have since moved into the Quality Assurance Department, where I get to inspect everything and help make sure ‘made in America’ means the highest quality standards.”
It’s been two-and-a-half years of being co-workers, and when you ask them the hardest part of sharing an employer, they’ll tell you “There is none.”
Steve says he’s “Glad to be helping so many smart, hardworking people produce so many good-looking, well-made products,” and while he could be talking about any one of the 120 employees here at Kromer, we’re pretty sure he’s referring to Mary Jo.