Burlington Apparel Fabrics, Greensboro, N.C., has been awarded a maximum $19.2 million fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for Army 55/45 poly/wool cloth serge. The Army will be using this fabric for the jacket of its dress uniform. The contract will produce approximately 640,000 yards of fabric and will require roughly 250,000 pounds of clean, 21.5 micron U.S. wool.
Burlington was also awarded a maximum $13.4 million fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for lighter weight 55/45 poly/wool cloth serge to produce the trouser of the Army dress uniform. Similar yardage will be produced utilizing approximately 225,000 pounds of clean 21.5 micron U.S. wool.
According to Mitch Driggers, military consultant for the American Sheep Industry Association, "These awards are nice to see since there have not been any large acquisitions of wool by the government for the last 18 months."