Thursday September 22, 2016
September 21, 2016: Sheboygan, Wisconsin based Wigwam Mills Inc., announced that its Board of Directors has named apparel and consumer goods veteran Thomas M. Wheeler as President and C.E.O.
Robert E. Chesebro, Chairman of the Board said: "We are delighted that Tom is joining Wigwam. He is a talented, visionary business leader with a complete set of creative, strategic and analytical skills to grow a leading apparel brand in a highly competitive and evolving global environment. He has proven product development, wholesale, retail and international experience, a tremendous passion for success, and a deep network of relationships across the fashion, consumer, wholesale and retail landscapes. He also fully embraces the principles of integrity, quality, value and service upon which Wigwam was founded in 1905. We are confident he will build upon the Company's legacy as an iconic American brand with a keen eye toward its future as a global lifestyle brand."
Mr. Wheeler said: "I have long admired Wigwam's powerful platform and I am excited to lead this iconic company. I have great respect and appreciation for what the Wigwam team has accomplished to date, and I look forward to leveraging Wigwam's strong foundation to expand the brand into new markets and channels over time while remaining true to the brand's core values and customer base. I join the Wigwam family with the clear goal of moving the Company forward by working with the Board to identify and pursue growth in key areas, collaborating with and inspiring our people to find new ways to delight customers, and delivering improved financial performance for our shareholders. I cannot wait to get started to take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead."
Wigwam Mills, Inc. has been proudly crafting socks in Sheboygan, Wisconsin since 1905. We carefully knit every pair with the goal of delivering the highest quality and highest performance in socks out of a sincere desire to provide the most comfortable experience for our customers. Our commitment to local USA manufacturing has never been compromised and we continue to support our dedicated U.S. supply chain of spinners and farmers using almost exclusive raw materials sourced domestically. Wigwam practices sustainable manufacturing processes taking advantage of alternative power, heat reclamation and environmentally neutral materials in our washing and finishing plant. Our commitment to community and the environment has always been central to who we are and how we deliver quality across our company. For more details visit www.wigwam.com.