Four generations of Mattawan family have guided Wolverine Coach for 60 years

By: 
Paul Garrod-news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
Members of the Brininger family are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Wolverine Coach, of Mattawan. Started by Harold Brininger in 1957, the business is now into its fourth generation of Brininger family ownership. Harold’s son, Jack Brininger, right, is joined in the business now by his son, Greg, left, and Greg’s son, Jake.	 
Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    MATTAWAN - A Mattawan business,  which began its operation out of a two-car garage, is marking its 60th anniversary in business this year.
    Harold Brininger  started Wolverine Coach, of 56100 S. Main St., in 1957, after purchasing  26 acres in Mattawan in 1946, when Main Street was  then just a gravel road.
    Brininger purchased a farm that had cherries, grapes, peaches and asparagus. The farm also had cows, pigs and chickens.
    It was during this time that  Interstate 94 was being built through Mattawan. Brininger constructed a mobile home park along Murray Street for road construction workers to live in while they were building the interstate highway.
    It was also during that time that Wolverine Coach was outgrowing its site, a two-car garage,  (a converted Army barrack) in 1959, when Harold moved the business directly north and removed a cherry orchard . In its place, a 40-by-60-foot building was constructed.
    Over the years, the building has seen two expansions, housing the former Mattawan Hardware store for 30 years. That site is now the current home of  Anytime Fitness.
    Harold’s son, Jack, continues the business begun by his father, and it now includes Jack’s sons, Greg, and Mark, and Greg’s son, Jake, as it marks the fourth  generation of Briningers and six decades of service in Mattawan.
    The retail business sells  truck covers, cargo trailers and SUV accessories, in addition to custom building, building materials and hitches. It also  custom builds animal transport units that are sold throughout the United States, a specialty that Wolverine Coach has been involved in for 50 years.
    Locally, Wolverine Coach  has   lent a hand to  other  businesses, as it constructed the popular “Donut Trailer” at Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc.,  also of Mattawan.
    HopCat, a popular bar and grill, also enlisted  Wolverine Coach to convert an old Air Stream trailer  to an outdoor bar at its Kalamazoo location.
    For more information, visit the business on the web at: wolverinecoach.com., or call (269) 668-3794.
 

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