The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded New Balance with a whopping $17.3 million contract to provide American-made athletic shoes for military personnel entering basic training, reports Press Herald.
With Boston-based New Balance already manufacturing in facilities located in Skowhegan and Norridgewock, Maine, as well as in the UK, Norway, and more, the contract fulfills the The Berry amendment which was passed in 1941, requiring the U.S. military to provide its personnel with American-made equipment and uniforms.
Rob DeMartini, president and CEO at New Balance, said in a statement, “This is a great win for the preservation and growth of American manufacturing jobs. This Department of Defense contract confirms New Balance’s long-standing commitment to making shoes in this country and our ability to deliver high-quality American-made athletic footwear for our nation’s servicemen and women. We are proud of our thousands of domestic manufacturing associates in Maine and Massachusetts who helped us achieve this goal and thank our elected officials in both states who fought to ensure we had the opportunity to put Made in USA footwear on our troops.”
The agreement was announced last Thursday by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Republican, Bruce Poliquin. In addition, the contract will continue to provide jobs for the 1,000 employees already working at New Balance’s factories in Norway, Skowhegan and Norridgewock, Maine.
For additional details, be sure to read the full story on Press Herald.
In other footwear news, Highsnobiety’s latest sneaker collaboration with Superga drops this week.
- Source: Press Herald
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