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Burlington Wins $5.3 Million Performance Fabric Contract For Air Force PT Uniforms

Air Force PT shorts

Burlington Industries LLC, a division of International TextileGroup (ITG), announced it has been awarded a $5.3 million contract to supply micro denier polyester fabrics to the U.S. Air Force for use in physical training (PT) shorts. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, North Carolina.

These advanced woven polyester fabrics are part of Burlington’s MCS family of performance fabrics, which are 35 percent lighter than the current fabrics used for PT shorts and have improved breathability and inherent moisture management properties. Using Sorbtek fiber technology made by Unifi, the lightweight 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. In addition, Sorbtek fiber provides inherent soil release properties to protect the fabrics against everyday soils, like sweat and grass.

“Light weight performance fabrics are one of Burlington’s core competencies,” said Burlington President Jeff Peck. “Our MCS technology is the performance foundation of the Air Force’s improved physical training uniform. The renewed emphasis being given to physical training within the U.S. Armed Forces has made moisture management, durability and stain resistance essential performance attributes for PT uniforms.”

Burlington has been an integral part of the defense supply chain for more than 50 years and is uniquely positioned as one of today’s most diversified R&D centers for performance and technical fabrics for the military. “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 battle protection.”

Several years ago, to expand its military business, ITG combined the resources from four of its business units, Burlington, Safety Components, Narricot, and Carlisle, 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, ballistic fabric and webbing for body armor and load carrying equipment, and other specialty items.

Burlington has been awarded a total of seven military contracts this year totaling more than $236 million over a five-year period. Awards include dress uniform and physical training uniform fabrics for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy.



5 Responses to “Burlington Wins $5.3 Million Performance Fabric Contract For Air Force PT Uniforms”

  1. Aaron says:

    Looks nice…too bad the Army ain’t going with them.

  2. Mike says:

    Thank God, how could you possibly perform PT without special clothes.

  3. Bill says:

    I thought they just spent that kind of money on hammers and toilet seats.

  4. defensor fortisimo says:

    Now if only they’d put a little more of said fabric into the uniforms so we weren’t stuck wearing short shorts.

  5. MannyF says:

    Just solicit a design contest in the force with an online voting system. Solicit bids from major athletic wear makers like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Under Armor, Champion and Starter, using the winning design and requesting a target MSRP for each piece in line with the current uniform in their bid. Pick one. Limit stocked inventories to basic training and acadamy initial issue. Everyone else can buy direct from the manufacturer. Start to look professional. Everyone goes home happy.