Bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. has been a hot topic among this year’s presidential candidates. Already producing footwear stateside is Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide.
This week the company announced it’s been awarded a $30.5 million contract to manufacture Temperate Weather boots for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) under a new five-year U.S. government contract.
Although the boot will be a new production line for Bates this year, it is not unfamiliar to the USMC, with Bates having produced a similar Temperate Weather boot in the past. The new style features a Vibram Sierra sole to provide superior grip with increased longevity. The boots will be made in Big Rapids, Mich., and will be constructed of 100 percent American-made materials.
“We are very proud to once again provide the United States Marine Corps with a dependable, enduring Temperate Weather boot,” said Andrew Fowler, VP and GM of Bates. “Bates remains committed to upholding the values of the U.S. Dept. of Defense and Marine Corps.”
Bates Footwear has been producing tactical footwear for more than 130 years, supplying uniform footwear to all branches of the U.S. military.