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Burlington Awarded $1.6 Million U.S. Marine Corps Physical Training Trunk Contract Continuing Its Tradition of Supplying the U.S. Military for More Than 55 Years

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

August 15, 2019, Greensboro, NC – Burlington Industries LLC, a division of Elevate Textiles, announced today it has been awarded a $1.6 million contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with micro denier polyester fabrics for use in their physical training (PT) trunks. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, North Carolina.

This lightweight woven 100% micro denier polyester fabric utilizes Burlington’s Moisture Control System® (MCS®) technology for advanced breathability and moisture management. MCS® technology increases the hydrophilic properties of fabric by allowing moisture to dissipate, transporting along the yarn faster. MCS® keeps the wearer dry and comfortable by absorbing moisture and moving it away from the skin as it evaporates off of the surface of the fabric.

Burlington Labs®, Burlington’s in-house Research and Development incubator, engineers advanced fabrications and technical finishes that are applied to protect and enhance performance while providing troops advanced functionality in diverse environments.

“We take pride in making fabric that serves those who serve our country,” says Allen Smith, President of Burlington. “Our MCS® technology for the general purpose trunk provides the ultimate comfort and durability to withstand the rigors of the U.S. Marine Corps physical training. As we continue to develop innovative fabrics and technologies aimed at equipping and protecting the U.S. Armed Forces, our focus is delivering the same unmatched performance, protection, and service that has defined our business since 1923.”

For more than 55 years, Burlington has been an integral part of the defense supply chain as a global textile leader with core competencies in worsted wool and performance synthetics. Burlington® Military Solutions offers a diverse range of vertical manufacturing capabilities, fiber and fabric blends, and is proud to provide high quality fabrics for United States Military personnel.

Burlington® Military Solutions specializes in meeting the specific needs of the military market. The combination of resources from the company’s Burlington, Safety Components, and Carlisle Finishing business units creates an extensive platform of diversified military fabrics. These products include fabrics for physical training, extreme cold weather wear, Class A dress uniforms, camouflage combat and utility uniforms, flame resistant and protective clothing, and other high performance materials.

Milliken Joins Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide, Sponsors Global Summit

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards will be in partnership with Milliken& Company

SPARTANBURG, S.C.– As a global leader in performance and protective textiles, Milliken is pleased to expand its industry engagement by joining the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®), an association created to strengthen the influence of the clothing industry through collaborative leadership and strategic advocacy. Milliken boasts a diverse textiles portfolio, including a range of apparel fabrics that serve various industries like workwear, protective, military and outdoor markets.

The 2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards, to be held in London, will be in partnership with Milliken & Company. The event brings together industry professionals from around the world in corporate wear, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) to address emerging industry topics and current affairs. With the U.S. serving as the host country, Milliken will help to preside over one of the largest gatherings of global apparel executives and influencers, and further industry collaboration.

“Aligning with PCIAW is a natural extension for Milliken,” commented Jeff Morris, senior vice president of Milliken’s Uniform and Protective Textiles business. “Our reach spans the globe as we provide the apparel industry with a broad range of innovative textiles built on our legacy of quality and expertise. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with the global industry through PCIAW.”

Driven by award-winning research and design capabilities, Milliken’s global textile portfolio includes leading brands like the respected Westex by Milliken flame resistant fabrics and the recently acquired Polartec business, among other superior fabrics for protective, workwear, fire service, military, retail and outdoor apparel. Milliken’s R&D capabilities uniquely positions them to collaborate with customers to solve their complex textile needs, and more than 154 years of textile knowledge underpins its reputation as one of the most cutting-edge fabric manufacturers. In addition, Milliken textiles incorporate intentional sustainability measures, including responsible resource management and landfill diversion, to create responsible textiles that help create a positive impact on the world.

“PCIAW is the first and only worldwide organization developed to represent the global companies of the professional clothing industry,” states PCIAW CEO and founder, Yvette Ashby. ‘We encompass the entire supply chain from buyers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors and understand that our buyers and procurement managers sit at the heart of our industry. Milliken’s recent membership of the PCIAW is set to strengthen the PCIAW’s international presence. Their support as sponsors of our 2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards will be beneficial not only to other members, but to the industry as a whole, and we are thrilled to add their extensive knowledge and innovation to our collective work.’

New Materials from Whiskey Two-Four

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

ACRONYM fabric now available in 58″ wide ranger green

WTF are pleased to offer solution dyed ranger green as our latest color in 58″ wide ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) 500D / 500D nylon laminate fabric.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Black, ranger green, and coyote brown are made with solution dyed, milspec fabrics.  Multicam ACRONYM is made with genuine Multicam fabrics.

Made in the USA from USA made materials.  Berry compliant. Ships rolled. 18oz / sq yard

5 inch elastic MIL-W-5564 milspec solution dyed Berry compliant Type II Class I

WTF are excited to add 5″ MIL-W-5564 milspec, solution dyed, Berry compliant type II class I elastic to our offerings.

Manufactured with Invista Cordura nylon; this elastic is IR compliant, abrasion resistant, and will color match beautifully with other textiles made from Invista Cordura.

In stock and ready to ship

WTF’s ACRONYM Laminate Fabric is Now Available in 58″ Wide MultiCam Black

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

WTF are pleased to offer Multicam Black as our latest color in 58″ wide ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) 500D / 500D laminate fabric.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Black, ranger green, and coyote brown are made with solution dyed, milspec fabrics.  Multicam is genuine Multicam pattern fabric.

Made in the USA from USA made materials.  Berry compliant.  Ships rolled.


Burlington to Produce Fabric for the New Army Green Service Uniform

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Continuing its tradition of supplying the U.S. Military for more than 55 years

June 27, Greensboro, NC – Burlington Industries LLC, a division of Elevate Textiles, is proud to announce it will supply wool blended fabrics for use in the newly-updated Army Green Service Uniform, specifically the jacket, tie, and bottoms. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Raeford and Cordova, North Carolina.

US Army photo of new Army Green Service Uniform

Burlington is honored to be an integral part of the defense supply chain for over 55 years. The development of the new Army Service Uniform fabric has been underway for over two years in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the United States Army, and several private industry partners. Continuing in the Burlington tradition, the entire process has focused on one core concept – serving the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

These new fabrics allow their wearers the confidence to be their best with unmatched comfort, durability, colorfastness, and appearance as they represent the best of our nation both at home and abroad. Burlington’s Raeford operation is known for superior consistency and color continuity, which is a requirement for a force as large and diverse as the United States Army. Skilled workers, many with more than 20 to 50 years of experience, carefully tend to each process, ensuring the yarn and fabric are produced to meet the highest quality standards.

“At Burlington, we honor our public servants with a dedication to quality and innovation, to make sure those who serve are always served by the garments they wear,” says Allen Smith, President of Burlington. “Our Raeford brand of worsted wool fabrics are engineered to provide the soldier with advanced durability, comfort, and wrinkle-resistance, and provide Burlington’s unmatched color capability to ensure each uniform issued matches over the span of many years. As our nation prepares to celebrate the anniversary of its independence, we are honored to see the new Army Green Service Uniform in action and to pay tribute to the men and women who protect our freedoms each day.”

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 55 years. Offering a diverse range of vertical manufacturing capabilities, fiber, and fabric blends, Burlington® Military is proud to provide quality fabrics for United States Military personnel. Through innovation, Burlington’s in-house Research and Development department, Burlington Labs®, engineers advance fabrications and technical finishes that are applied to protect and enhance performance while providing troops protection, easy-care, and advanced comfort in all their diverse environments.

Burlington Military combines the resources from the 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 Class A dress uniforms, camouflage combat and utility uniforms, physical training and extreme cold weather wear, flame resistant and firefighting protective clothing, high performance equipment, ballistic fabric for body armor and load carrying equipment, and other specialty items.

About the Army Green Service Uniform

Previously referred to as “pinks and greens,” the new uniform is inspired by World War II-era uniforms. These new uniforms are expected to be adopted Army-wide by 2020.

The current Army Blue uniform will now serve as a formal dress uniform and the Army Green uniforms will become the day-to-day uniforms for soldiers. The Army’s combat uniform, Operational Camouflage Pattern, which is produced in part at Burlington’s Carlisle Finishing facility in South Carolina, will continue to be their duty day and field day uniform.

About Burlington

Celebrating over 95 years of textile leadership, Burlington is a global diversified provider of textile solutions across performance & specialty apparel fabrics, active wear, advanced uniform fabrics, and technical fabrics. Burlington operates as part of Elevate Textiles, Inc. with worldwide operations in the United States, Mexico, and China. Elevate Textiles’ business units include: American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Carlisle, Gu?tterman, and Safety Components. To learn more visit www.burlingtonfabrics.com; www.elevatetextiles.com or follow us at @burlington1923.

OR Summer Market 19 – Under Armor Breeze T-Shirt with Gore-Tex Infinium Fabric

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Although UA’s Breeze T-Shirt is already available for women, a men’s version is just around the corner. Intended for running and other high intensity activities, the new Gore-Tex Infinium fabric is intended to keep you cool and dries quickly. The material is super soft and highly breathable. It also incorporates Anti-odor technology which prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes.

Last year, WL Gore introduced their Infinium program. Customers have long trusted the Gore brand to keep them dry, but the company had begun to develop new materials based on ePTFE. Some of these were not traditional membranes, or were being used in new ways. The company adapted by introducing the Infinium program which uses a white label to distinguish it from the more traditional “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” Gore-Tex application. In this case, the fabric is a combination of 90% Polyester and 10% ePTFE.

Cordura Military Truelock Fiber – HLC Industries

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

HLC Industries Inc is offering an in-stock program of Solution Dyed Cordura Fabrics in both 500D and 1000D, in the following colors: Coyote 498 / Black / Ranger Green / Tan 499 / Wolf Gray.

Please contact: peter@hlcindustries.com

Milliken & Co To Acquire Polartec From Versa Capital Management

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Brand acquisition bolsters Milliken’s capabilities to include fleece, performance textiles for consumer, workwear and military outdoor apparel

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of textile expertise, today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec, LLC (“Polartec”), a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC (“Versa”). The acquisition is expected to close in June. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, the Polartec brand carries a respected portfolio of fabric technologies for outdoor apparel, from performance-driven and consumer-focused textiles, to flame-resistant, workwear and military-grade fabrics. The addition of the Polartec brand—particularly its outdoor and fleece textiles—rounds out Milliken’s comprehensive portfolio, allowing the company to deliver unprecedented access to a range of performance textiles for consumers, industrial workers and military personnel around the world.

“Polartec brings a wealth of new and respected outdoor textile expertise to complement Milliken’s strengths,” shared Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company. “The strategic acquisition broadens our textile capabilities with a product offering to now include fleece and soft-shell outerwear, among others, allowing us to grow in new and exciting spaces.”

“With more than 150 years of textile innovation, Milliken is the best possible ‘natural owner’ of a brand with Polartec’s pedigree. I look forward to supporting the integration,” said Polartec CEO Gary Smith. “I’m grateful to Versa Capital Management for their support in realizing Polartec’s full potential, and I’m extremely proud of the global Polartec team for their dedication and hard work that put the company in the position it is in today.”

“We look forward to growing Polartec’s strong brand at Milliken,” said Jeff Price, president of Milliken’s Performance and Protective Textiles Division. “Polartec expands our regional manufacturing reach and grows our technological expertise, enabling us to further deliver innovative performance textiles to the global market.”

“Milliken provides the perfect platform to ensure the continuation and acceleration of the success of the Polartec brand after years of complex and transformative business repositioning by Gary Smith and his team,” said Greg Segall, CEO of Versa and chairman of Polartec. “It has been a great collaboration with Gary and all of Polartec’s valued employees, and we are proud of all that has been accomplished during Versa’s ownership—notably the feat of reviving an American textile icon and powerful global brand into an enterprise equipped to succeed in today’s highly competitive markets. Milliken is the ideal long-term owner for Polartec, and we look forward to seeing the two companies achieve big things together.”

Versa acquired the assets of the former Malden Mills in 2007 through the then 101-year-old textile manufacturer’s third reorganization. Working with management, the business was transformed, renaming the company Polartec, reorienting it toward a technology- and innovation-led growth strategy, and revamping the company’s leadership, operations, manufacturing footprint and customer relationships.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Versa and Polartec were advised by Lazard Middle Market and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Milliken & Company was represented by Jones Day LLP.

To learn more about Milliken’s Performance and Protective Textiles Division, visit textiles.milliken.com.