The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has entered into a shared $6.8 million agreement with Burlington Industries LLC to sustain and strengthen the domestic clothing and textile industrial base.
The agreement, which extends through September 2027, calls for Burlington Industries to invest in equipment and infrastructure necessary to sustain and stabilize the supply chain of dress military fabrics for the DOD. The investments will allow for capital equipment upgrades and improvements to drive increased productivity and quality and reduce lead times for the fabrics.
The Defense Department said these improvements are important to ensure the U.S. government continues to have access to this domestic supplier of Berry Amendment-compliant dress uniform fabrics. The Berry Amendment requires the DOD to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products, most notably clothing, fabrics, food and specialty metals.
By using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III investment will help to offset financial distress brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and enable Burlington Industries to provide a stable supply of dress military uniforms, DOD noted.
Burlington Industries, a division of Elevate Textiles, is headquartered in North Carolina, with the principal place of performance for the contract in Raeford, N.C. Burlington has been providing fabric for the U.S. military for over 70 years.
The DPA Title III program for the Defense Department is dedicated to ensuring the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements now and in the future. The program works in partnership with the uniformed services, other government agencies and industry to identify areas where critical industrial capacity is lagging or non-existent.
Once a need is identified, the program engages with U.S. and Canadian companies to mitigate these risks using grants, purchase commitments, loans or loan guarantees. By executing its mission, the DPA Title III program reduces the nation’s reliance on foreign supply chains, ensures the integrity of materials supplied to the American warfighter and helps create a resilient, robust and secure defense industrial base.