The Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a shared $6.8 million agreement with Burlington Industries, LLC to sustain and strengthen the domestic clothing and textile industrial base. The agreement extends through September 2027.
Burlington Industries, LLC will invest in equipment and infrastructure necessary to sustain and stabilize the supply chain of dress military fabrics for the DoD. The investments will allow for capital equipment upgrades and improvements to drive increased productivity and quality and reduce lead times for the fabrics. These improvements are important to ensure the U.S. government continues to have access to this domestic supplier of Berry Amendment-compliant dress uniform fabrics. The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a) requires the DoD to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home-grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals.
By using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III investment will help to offset financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and enable Burlington Industries, LLC to provide a stable supply of dress military uniforms.
Burlington Industries, LLC’s headquarters is in North Carolina. The principal place of performance for the contract is Raeford, North Carolina. With nearly 100 years of textile leadership, Burlington has been providing fabric for the U.S. military for over 70 years.
About the Department of Defense’s DPA Title III Program:
The DPA Title III program for the Department of Defense is dedicated to ensuring the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements 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 non-existent. Once a need is identified, the program engages with U.S. and Canadian companies to mitigate these risks using grants, purchase commitments, loans, or loan guarantees. By executing its mission, the DPA Title III program reduces the nation’s reliance on foreign supply chains, ensures the integrity of materials supplied to the American warfighter, and helps create a resilient, robust, and secure defense industrial base.