21 Dec Wolverine’s Worldwide’s Bates Footwear Gets $27M Afghan Army Boot Contract
Bates, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, was awarded contracts by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to manufacture its Temperate Weather Combat boots for the allied forces in Afghanistan.
The Temperate Weather Combat boots feature Vibram outsoles and Gore-Tex waterproof-breathable technology. Valued at $27 million, the contracts call for the production of boots in both black and tan colors.
“Bates continues to produce some of the world’s most technologically advanced footwear for men and women in combat,” stated Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s chairman, CEO and president. “We are committed to being the leader in providing footwear solutions for all branches of the U.S. military and are privileged to supply these performance benefits inherent in our Michigan-made combat boots.”
By law for U.S. defense contracts, the boots are constructed of 100-percent American-made materials. They will be manufactured at the Bates facility in Big Rapids, Mich.