Burlington Industries LLC, a division of International Textile Group, has been awarded an $8.4 million contract to supply microdenier polyester fabrics to the U.S. Army for use in physical training shorts.
These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, N.C. The new Army physical training short uses an advanced microdenier woven polyester fabric that features Burlington’s Moisture Control System, a proprietary wicking and absorption technology.
The fabric is lightweight with a soft hand and improved breathability, as well as inherent moisture management properties. The MCS fabric works by absorbing moisture, moving it away from the skin and releasing it for quick evaporation. This allows the wearer of the shorts to remain cool, dry and comfortable.
“Lightweight performance fabrics are one of Burlington’s core competencies,” said Burlington president Jeff Peck. “Our MCS technology foundation provides the performance needed to support the Army’s renewed emphasis on physical training. These shorts offer moisture management, durability and stain resistance, resulting in the most advanced PT uniform in the Army’s history.”
Since 1923, Burlington has been a global textile leader with core competencies in worsted wool and performance synthetics and has been an integral part of the defense supply chain for more than 50 years. Offering a diverse range of vertical manufacturing capabilities, fiber and fabric blends, Burlington Military provides quality fabrics for U.S. military personnel. Burlington’s in-house Research & Development department, Burlington Labs, engineers advance fabrics and technical finishes that are applied to protect and enhance performance while providing troops easy-care and comfort in combat and training.
“We continue to explore new opportunities to equip and protect our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Peck. “Our products range from basic innovations that elevate the performance of PT, battle and dress uniforms to the newest advanced technologies in infrared, insect repellant, cold weather, fire and ballistic protection.”
Several years ago, to expand its military business, ITG combined the resources from its Burlington, Safety Components and Carlisle business units to create an extensive military products platform of diversified fabrics developed to service the specific needs of the military market. Products include fabrics for camouflage combat and utility uniforms, Class A dress uniforms, physical training and extreme cold weather wear, flame-resistant and fire-fighting protective clothing, high-performance equipment and ballistic fabric for body armor and load-carrying equipment.