April 24, 2009
Northfield, Vt., sock company Darn Tough Vermont will supply military-issue flame-resistant wool boot socks to the U.S. Army as part of a new multi-year contract.
The contract was awarded to Atlantic Diving Supply Tactical of Virginia Beach, Va. -- Darn Tough Vermont's longtime partner and distributor to the defense industry. In support of the contract, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill, also of Northfield, will knit and provide the Army with the socks.
"This contract is a significant milestone for our Northfield, community, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill," said Darn Tough's sales manager Roland Beliveau. "It validates our long-term commitment to domestic manufacturing and will help ensure the stability and growth of our brands and knitting mill."
The socks will be part of the Army's Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble known as the FREE Clothing System -- a multilayered, versatile, insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.
Generally speaking, socks are constructed from wools in the 60 and 62 grade range.