August 8, 2003
Successful Meeting with Military
Last week, American Wool Council (AWC) consultants Mitch Driggers and Parvez Mehta traveled to Natick, Mass., to visit with both army and navy development offices. The purpose of the trip was to update the military on the progress of new product development, which includes enzyme-treated knitted wool (long underwear), wool/nomex and encapsulation of wool using the Nextec treatment. Seeking guidance regarding the next developmental steps for the programs of interest as well as exploring possible new projects and funding sources were also key objectives for this meeting.
This meeting, which was a continuation of meetings held during the last fiscal year, provided additional optimism for the development of products for the U.S. military. It appears that the military will continue to expand on the two large-scale development projects already underway.
?The AWC continues to make great strides in the areas of product development and product improvement for both military and private industry consumption,? stated Driggers. ?Anytime wool can be utilized in product development, the industry benefits.?
The U.S. military is currently the largest consumer of American wool fabric.
Staff contact: Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ext. 29