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.”
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Bates Footwear has been producing tactical footwear for more than 130 years, supplying uniform footwear to all branches of the U.S. military.