DoD announces $6.8 million Defense Production Act Title III agreement with Burlington Industries, LLC to strengthen domestic apparel and textile manufacturing base

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The Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a $6.8 million joint agreement with Burlington Industries, LLC to maintain and strengthen the domestic base of the apparel and textile industry. The agreement runs until September 2027.

Burlington Industries, LLC will invest in equipment and infrastructure needed to maintain and stabilize the Department of Defense’s military apparel fabric supply chain. The investments enable upgrades and improvements to capital equipment to increase productivity and quality, and reduce fabric lead times. These improvements are important to ensure that the US government has continued access to this domestic supplier of Berry Amendment-compliant uniform fabrics. The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a) requires the Department of Defense to prioritize domestically produced, manufactured, or homegrown products, particularly food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals, in procurement.

Using funds approved and allocated under the CARES Act, this Title III Defense Production Act (DPA) investment will help offset the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and Burlington Industries, LLC in enable to provide stable supply of military uniforms.

Burlington Industries, LLC is headquartered in North Carolina. The principal place of performance for the contract is Raeford, North Carolina. With nearly 100 years of textile leadership, Burlington has supplied fabrics to the US military for over 70 years.

About the Department of Defense DPA Title III Program:

The Department of Defense DPA Title III program is designed to ensure the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security needs now and in the future. The program works in partnership with the uniformed services, other government agencies and industry to identify areas where critical industrial capacity is lagging or absent. Once a need is identified, the program works with US and Canadian companies to mitigate those risks through grants, commitments, loans, or loan guarantees. In fulfilling its mission, the DPA Title III program reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign supply chains, ensures the integrity of materials shipped to America’s warfighter, and helps build a resilient, robust, and secure defense industrial base to accomplish.

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