August 17, 2007
August 17, 2007 - The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) posted a contract solicitation notice on Friday, Aug. 10, requesting the largest amount of wool blend fabric the industry has seen in several years.
The solicitation calls for two shades of a polyester/wool blend blue shade fabric. Over the four-year life of the contract, the minimum wool consumption required to supply this solicitation will utilize more than 1 million pounds of clean 21-micron U.S. wool. The maximum consumption anticipated over the four years would require nearly 2.5 million pounds of clean 21-micron U.S. wool.
In June of 2006, Army Public Affairs announced that the Army service uniforms would be streamlined to one blue Army service uniform. This notice introduces the new Army service dress uniform fabric that will replace the green uniform worn since World War II.
"The U.S. armed forces are great customers of the American wool industry as they utilize up to 20 percent of our wool clip each year," stated Rita Kourlis Samuelson, director of wool marketing for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). "Over the last five years, ASI has been diligent in working with the military to provide the products needed to clothe and to protect our troops."
Staff contact: Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ext. 29