March 25, 2005
March 25, 2005 -- The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) announced a major solicitation for production of the polyester/wool fabric used in Army dress uniforms. This is a welcome announcement for the wool industry as contracts for dress uniform fabrics have been curtailed since the beginning of the Iraq war.
The announcement requests bids to supply a minimum of 296,580 linear yards to a maximum of 600,000 linear yards of Army green, 55/45 poly/wool serge fabric in the first year of the contract. Four additional one-year options are contained in the solicitation for a minimum of 500,000 linear yards to a maximum of 1,000,000 linear yards in each additional year. This solicitation will be issued as an unrestricted buy that will result in an indefinite delivery term, fixed price contract.
This solicitation and resulting contract specifically state that raw materials and resulting fabric "must be grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the United States, its possessions or Puerto Rico", as required by the Berry Amendment.