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Polartec’s Role In ECWCS GEN III Development

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Polartec® (then Malden Mills) provided wool fabric to the U.S. government from the early 1900s, which was turned into uniforms. In the 1980s, Polartec created the first technical fleece for climbers, and it quickly became ubiquitous. It has been recognized as one of the 100 most important inventions of the 20th century by Time magazine, among countless other accolades.

In 1998, then Malden Mills owner Aaron Feuerstein hired David Costello to diversify the business of the company, and he, along with his colleague Jane Hunter, started traveling down the road to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. Their focus, initially, was cold weather clothing, and they started working on ways to leverage Polartec’s fabric innovation expertise to create better cold weather combat uniforms.

They immediately saw an opportunity to develop specific textiles for base layer, mid layer, and heavier weight fleece. One of the great benefits of working with the government is they can afford to do far better and more thorough testing than any company can, including extensive laboratories with testing equipment and field testing in extreme environments. They put product on 200 Marines, collected tons of scientific data, and assembled it into an informative report. This gave Polartec a heightened sense of what works.

The first Polartec product to be adopted was a Polartec® Classic 100 fleece, which replaced an acrylic wool sweater for the United States Marine Corps. Only one item had ever received higher field test ratings than the new Polartec fleece: M&M’s that had been added to MREs.

With this success, Polartec began traveling to Washington, D.C., to expedite the process of providing better gear for warfighters. These efforts succeeded through the appropriations of funding in the defense budget for the Marine Corps and Army, and helped accelerate the adoption of additional Polartec products.

When U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan, Rick Elder, an Army Ranger and Product Officer at Natick, wanted to update what was then the GEN II E.C.W.C.S. system into something that worked better for modern war environments faced by the Special Forces. Moshe Rock, a former Israeli military soldier who headed Polartec R&D at the time, developed Polartec® Power Dry® as a baselayer and militarized Polartec® Power Grid™ for U.S. Special Forces. Gadi Vainer, who still drives product innovation at Polartec, worked to develop what is now Polartec® High Loft™ fleece.

These products, integrated with some shell technology and additional insulation, created a system that worked for modern environments and was able to be adapted to modern warfighter needs in a seamless way.

The efforts of Polartec to advance the products did not go unnoticed by the Army, and would soon be adopted for the new GEN III E.C.W.C.S.. Polartec developed the foundation of this system (Levels I, II, III) engineered to be super packable, transfer moisture and dry quickly. They were designed to work together as a clothing system, and the U.S. Army made the decision that every person in the Army would be issued that system. It was a significant improvement in the ability to outlast the enemy in any environment and the system is still in deployment today.

Polartec has recently introduced its Polartec® Military Issue Collection, bringing these iconic, American-made, military-issue fabric technologies and finished garments directly to all Americans. Polartec GEN III E.C.W.C.S. products and the Polartec® Military Issue Collection include:

E.C.W.C.S. Level I Silkweight Shirt and Pants, the foundation of the modern GEN III E.C.W.C.S. layering system, made of a soft and comfortable Polartec® Silkweight fabric for versatile next-to-skin performance that includes fast wicking action and dry times, high durability and compressibility

E.C.W.C.S. Level II Grid Knit Shirt and Pants, the legendary “waffle” shirt, made of iconic (and patented) Polartec® Power Grid™ bi-component knit fabric, which maximizes warmth, breathability, wicking action, compressibility and versatility, while minimizing dry-times and weight.

E.C.W.C.S. Level III High Loft Jacket, the “smoking jacket,” made primarily of Polartec® High Loft™, the ultra soft and compressible fleece for warmth without weight, with Polartec® Power Grid panels

Micro Fleece Cap, small enough to stash anywhere for critical warmth, made of warm, highly compressible and lightweight Polartec® Micro series fleece in a durable three-panel construction 

“We have long noticed veterans, active military, or even just the tactically-inclined reaching out to us directly, in search of these authentic military grade products,” says Polartec President Steve Layton. “No one should have to roll the dice on a blurry eBay photo or questionable shopping link to get a new pair of their favorite long underwear, “waffle” grid mid-weight top, or favorite “smoking jacket” design.”

Thanks to Polartec for the details!

MMI Textiles – MINIMI Mini Cordlok

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Now Available: MiniMI™ Mini Cord Lock. These cord locks are smaller than your average and before now, only available as an import product. Our MiniMI™ Mini Cord Locks are 100% Made in the USA and Berry Compliant!

Our mini cord locks are great for usage on apparel, gear, bags, and more. Cord locks have numerous applications including: fastening clothing and camping equipment, use with drawstrings on garments and bags, and use with window blind and shade cords. These come assembled, ready to add to the cordage on your product.


1/16″ – 3/32″ Mini Cord Lock

Colors: Black/Tan

MOQ: 1 bag (300 pcs/bag | 5,100 pcs/case)

Made in the USA/Berry Compliant

MiniMI™ Mini Cord Locks are now in stock. Please contact us or give us a call at 440-899-8050 for pricing, samples, and more information.

AUSA 19 – WL Gore & Assoc Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

I first saw Gore’s Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems at DSEI last month in London. I was quite pleased to see that they had brought the technology across the pond to the US. Gore’s cable systems are across the board, lighter, more flexible and less prone to breakage than alternatives, thanks to the ePTFE exteriors. Using them to provide power and databus within an armored vest, was a logical step.

The armor vest itself was manufactured by WL Gore partner brand Costas Siamidis, which is based in Greece. The actual Gore cabling is inside of this vest. They are connector agnostic, which is important considering there are at least four different connectors on the market.

This is what their cable bundles look like and they will configure them how needed. Compared to other systems, they are less than half the weight and much less bulky.


See TenCate Protective Fabrics at AUSA 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Heading to AUSA? Join TenCate Protective Fabrics for a reception at their booth (#3715) beginning at 3pm on Monday, October 14th for a fun-filled afternoon of good drinks and great friends. During that time, TenCate Protective Fabrics will be giving out Free TechT4™ T-Shirts (Booth #3715 *while supplies last).

Designed with the wearer in mind, TechT4™ is an all-new, t-shirt-like fabric that performs similar to top-of-the-line athletic wear, while at the same time providing inherent FR protection. Engineered with COOLDERM™ Technology, TechT4™ keeps wearers dry, comfortable, and safe thanks to sweat-wicking and evaporative technology built right into the fabric.

Checkout TenCate Protective Fabrics at booth #3715 to see their full lineup of innovative fabrics designed to keep you comfortable and protected in the field and on the job.

Here’s a quick look at Coolderm™ Technology


Elevate Textiles Announces Sustainability Commitments

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Portfolio brands A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gutermann and Safety Components drive meaningful change

Charlotte, NC (September 24, 2019) – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, announced today its commitment to achieve specific sustainability targets by the year 2025 across its portfolio brands including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gutermann and Safety Components.

Elevate Textiles announced these commitments in conjunction with their exhibiting at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Show September 25-27, Booth 4.1-G21, Hall 4.1 National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Elevate brands are committed to achieving sustainability milestones by the year 2025 in three key environmental areas – fibers, water and greenhouse gases.

Elevate’s 2025 commitments are:

-Responsibly sourced fibers –

o Elevate brand products will be produced using at least 80% sustainably sourced cotton and 50% recycled polyester content.

-Reduced water consumption-

o Elevate manufacturing operations will reduce its water intensity by 25% per unit of production.

-Reduced greenhouse gases –

o Elevate will join other pacesetters within the industry to join the Science Based Target (SBT) Program and set a specific greenhouse gas target of achieving a 2.5% per year reduction trajectory.

“We are excited to take this next step in the advancement of eco-friendly manufacturing and sustainable products,” says Per-Olof Loof, CEO of Elevate Textiles. “As innovators, our brands are driven to explore new possibilities and look for ways to offer our products with an eye to preserving the future and a focus on minimizing their impact to the environment today, while providing performance technologies and aesthetics that lead the industry. Our 2025 sustainability commitments build on the sustainability improvements we have already attained and solidify our pledge to responsible manufacturing and sustainable innovations fueled by our passion for excellence in all aspects of our operations, products and service to customers.”

Elevate Textiles Vice President Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Jimmy Summers and Allen Smith, President Burlington, will present and share more details about Elevate’s commitments at Intertextile’s 2020 Sustainability Garment Supply Chain Symposium and panel discussion on September 25th.

Under Armour Announces New Collection Featuring Polartec Fabrics

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Under Armour announces a new collection featuring Polartec fabrics, pairing its outdoor performance heritage with current style elements for a complete head-to-toe assortment including performance apparel made with 100-percent recycled Polartec® technical fleece.

Inspired by workouts in outdoor environments, the products utilize premium temperature-regulating Polartec® fleece for the modern athlete to traverse both cityscapes and the great outdoors with equal confidence. 

Engineered to provide comfort throughout a wide range of conditions and activity levels, premium 100-percent recycled Polartec® Micro fleece features a lofted structure with thermal air pockets to retain warmth without inhibiting breathability. Highly durable Polartec® Micro fleece is also hydrophobic and fast drying. 

The collection is the first drop from Under Armour’s “Street to Summit” range of men’s and women’s footwear and apparel for Fall/Winter 2019. For men and women, the collection includes jackets, a vest, mock necks, crew sweatshirts, a 2-in-1 tee, a bodysuit, pants and shorts. The pieces will retail for $45-120 (USD) and release globally on UA.com and UA Brand Houses beginning September 13. 

Under Armour teamed up with marathon runner Chase Carter, a Bahamas native who grew up running around Nassau, to capture the collection’s lookbook

More information is available here

The second delivery of Under Armour’s “Street to Summit” collection with release in December 2019. 

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.’