WOLVERINE SIGN WORKS PRESIDENT PAUL COOK accepted the Cornerstone Award from Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Sue Osika on Sunday, Sept. 18, as company associates and community members gathered at Devries Nature Conservancy in Owosso to celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of Owosso’s longest-standing businesses. Osika thanked the Cook family and their company for all they do for the Owosso area, and Shiawassee County as a whole.

The company also received a commemorative award from Outdoor Advertising Association of America President Nancy Fletcher, who talked about how Wolverine Sign Works helped to lead advancement in the billboard industry, while also calling the four-generation family-owned company rare in the business world.

Guests mingled and enjoyed the picturesque weather on the north lawn of the Devries Nature Conservancy, and were entertained by the New Reformation Jazz Band out of Saginaw. Many current and former employees were on hand for the celebration, including former employee Elwood Redmond, who painted signs in Owosso from 1956 until 1994. The Owosso

resident recalled attending the 75th anniversary party, and he noted that Wolverine was always known for its craftsmanship. Current office manager, Mary Jo Damm-Strong, added that the work environment fostered at Wolverine has also gone a long way to promoting longevity of employees, which often leads to more continuity and more consistent results.

“I feel l like I hit the job lottery with Wolverine,” said Damm-Strong. “And on top of that, the family has been open-minded and forward-thinking when it comes to changes in the market.” (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Wolverine Sign Works Celebrates 100th Anniversary was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Karen Elford