Here at Wolverine Worldwide we have been doing everything we can to address PFOA and PFOS – two compounds in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) family – that were contained in 3M Scotchgard™ used in our legacy tanning process. We are reviewing known and reported sites for the disposal of byproducts from this process, and supplying alternate water solutions to every resident in the affected areas while we get answers.

While we’ve been focused on these two most critical items, we haven’t spent enough time telling you exactly what’s happening and what we’re doing.  We are hoping to change that. Today, we are launching a new blog – – designed to keep you informed, give you the facts on the situation, and help tell our side of the story.

In recent weeks, we have been the subject of stories in the local press that have questioned our credibility and have suggested we aren’t committed to doing the right thing. The truth is, we’re still working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other experts to collect data and find all the answers – and we want you to know we are doing the right thing today and we’re committed to doing the right thing in the future.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been taking strong, proactive steps to make this right – at the same time we’ve taken some punches – some deserved, while certainly some unfair and uninformed.

We developed this blog as one way for you to hear from us and you’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days and weeks.  We hope you’ll visit, learn about what we’re doing to make this right, and hear the other side of story.

We’ve been in this community for nearly 140 years and we plan to continue to remain a company that this community can be proud of for another 140 years.

We are Wolverine.

Water Test Results Update (Week of November 6)

To maintain transparency and communication with our community, we will be publishing water test results as they become available. We will update the community as more results are received.

  • 292 homeowner well test results have been received to date
  • 270 homeowner well tests have come back below the EPA lifetime drinking water advisory level (70 parts per trillion)
  • 22 homeowner wells have tested above the EPA lifetime drinking water advisory level (70 parts per trillion)

We are still waiting for test results for several wells in the Buffer Zone as well as all of those in the Southeast Expansion Area.

The EPA established a health advisory level for drinking water at 70 parts per trillion for PFOA/PFOS. This advisory level was set for the most sensitive populations including children and pregnant mothers and is based on consuming 2 liters a day for 70 years.

Any residents with questions are encouraged to contact us directly at 616.866.5627 or

Call Center Update (Week of October 30)

To aid in our transparency, over the next several weeks, we will be posting weekly call center updates every Monday for the previous week. These metrics will address the number of calls made by our team, the number of calls we have received, the number of call backs needed, the number of unanswered emails and the number of emails sent by our call center to support the community.

Calls Received 53
Calls Made 48
Call Backs Needed 0
Unanswered Emails 6
Emails Sent 32

Any residents with questions are encouraged to contact us directly at 616.866.5627 or

Installation of Whole House Water Filters to Begin This Week

On October 12th, we announced we would pay for the costs of filter equipment and customized installation for whole-house water filtration systems for all 338 homes in the Study Area and Buffer Zone whose wells are being tested for the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which were man-made chemicals contained in 3M’s Scotchgard™ product. Filters are being offered to homeowners in these areas irrespective of results (even at the non-detect level) and while residents are waiting for testing results.

Culligan will begin installing systems this week, and over the next two weeks will ramp up to install approximately 55 systems per week to residents within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Study Area and Buffer Zone.

After an extensive research process, we have selected the Culligan/Calgon filtration system, which relies on dual canister granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption. This system has been demonstrated to effectively remove PFAS, and ensures that these compounds are not returned to the environment. The Culligan/Calgon filtration system has been used to treat water for PFAS in over 1,000 homes around the country. Additionally, a water meter is included in the outlet of the system to record water usage and facilitate service monitoring.

The system operation is designed to be simple to operate. Maintenance of the system will be performed by a local Culligan dealer, which will be done at Wolverine’s expense while additional data is collected.

For more information about this announcement, click the link below.
Wolverine Worldwide Installation of Whole Home Filters to Begin This Week