Bates Uniform Footwear Responds to Law Enforcement's Need for Footwear Relief

ROCKFORD, Mich. - Wolverine World Wide, Inc.'s Bates Uniform Footwear division partnered with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) to rush critically needed first responder boots to law enforcement personnel dealing with the Katrina disaster.

"We are proud to be in a position to provide the law enforcement community with footwear that will stand up to the extreme conditions faced in the wake of this disaster", said Onder Ors, vice president and general manager, Bates Uniform Footwear.

FLEOA is a non-profit organization that represents over 24,000 federal agents from over 50 different federal law enforcement agencies. A major part of FLEOA's mission is to help law enforcement officers in times of need. Mark Heinbach, FLEOA's North Carolina Chapter President, spearheaded this effort with Bates which resulted in the recent delivery of over 500 pair of boots to officers on the affected ground. Mark Heinbach said "we are appreciative of Bates' quick response to this situation. These efforts will help assure the safety and effectiveness of our law enforcement personnel as they deal with this unprecedented disaster."

FLEOA, founded in 1977, is a volunteer organization. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is the largest nonpartisan, professional association, representing exclusively federal law enforcement officers. For more information about FLEOA please visit

Bates® Uniform Footwear is part of the Wolverine® Footwear Group, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW), manufacturers and marketers of branded and licensed footwear and performance leathers. Bates is a leading supplier of uniform footwear to all branches of the U.S. Military and has been building a reputation for uncompromising performance in uniform footwear for more than 100 years.

Engineered advancements such as stealth technology, Bates DuraShocks® comfort system and Bates Enforcer Series Ultra-Lites™ technology combine to set the brand apart and cement its status as the gold standard in uniform footwear. For more information and to view the product lines please visit

With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and slippers. The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates®, Hush Puppies®, HYTEST® Merrell®, Sebago® and Wolverine®. The Company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT®, Harley- Davidson®, Patagonia® and Stanley®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and are distributed internationally in over 140 countries. For more information, please visit our website at


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